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Oniger Jesus Drake Vega

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - University of Camaguey: Cuba

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2001 in Matanzas, Cuba.
Why this sport?
He was recruited by the Cuban Association of Physically and Motor Limited [ACLIFIM]. "I chose this sport because it allowed me to be stronger and more independent."
Training Regime
He trains at the Martires de Barbados Stadium in Bayamo, Cuba.

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Cuba
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Guadalajara, MEX

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, watching movies, computing, electronics. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, and placing fourth at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother, his coach, and his teammates. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Union, team spirit, motivation, dedication, commitment." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Athlete of the Year with an Impairment by the Cuban National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation [INDER]. (jovenclubpericodos.cubava.cu, 22 Feb 2018)

He was named among the 10 Most Outstanding Paralympic Athletes of 2015 by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER]. (granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015)
Impairment
He sustained his impairment after he fell off a moving train. Both of his legs have been amputated above the knee. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019; jit.cu, 12 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -88 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00kg Final 2017-12-06 4