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Mario Santana Ramos Hernandez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51

Further personal information

Family
Wife Taide
Residence
Monterrey, MEX
Occupation
Information Technology, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Information Management - Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon: Monterrey, MEX

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2013 in Monterrey, Mexico.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to get involved in sports again following his accident after watching Mexican Para athlete Saul Mendoza on television. He began by playing wheelchair basketball, and later moved on to Para athletics. He liked the fairness of the sport due to the classifications, and because it gives him the chance to compete.
Club / Team
Nuevo Leon State: Mexico
Name of coach
Ivan Rodriguez Luna [national], MEX
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Centre [CARE] in Monterrey, Mexico.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing third at the 2016 Grand Prix in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and placing fourth at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Mexican Para athletes Saul Mendoza and Angeles Ortiz, Mexican Para swimmer Juan Ignacio Reyes. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 and 2020 he received the Sports Award in Nuevo Leon State, Mexico. (puntou.uanl.mx, 27 Nov 2020; regiodeporte.com, 21 Nov 2017)

In 2016 he was presented with the Medal of Civic Merit in Nuevo Leon State, Mexico. (Facebook page, 23 Aug 2019)
Other sports
He has played for the Mexican national wheelchair basketball team. (Mario Santana, 05 Sep 2014)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (20minutos.com.mx, 15 May 2020)
Impairment
In 2002 he fractured his spine while playing American football for Nuevo Leon University in Mexico. His injuries resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017; Mario Santana, 05 Sep 2014)
Other information
COACH
He has coached wheelchair basketball. "I love basketball, but my abilities are low, so I am more useful off the court than on it. It's way for me to keep in touch with the sport." (enresumen.click, 04 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2015-10-29 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final Round 2016-09-16 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2017-07-17 6