Rey Melchor Dimas Vasquez
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
One son 
Panama City, PAN
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 30 in 2017 at the High Performance Centre [CEARE] in Panama City, Panama.
Why this sport?
At a young age he tried to stay active in order to not gain weight, and played football. In 2017 when he needed a new prosthetic he got in contact with the Panamanian Paralympic Committee, who suggested he try the sport. "I was asked if I liked lifting weights, and I said, 'Yes'. They told me about the discipline and I liked it."
Name of coach
Maximo Viquez [national], PAN
Mexico City, MEX
Playing video games. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never stop believing in yourself." (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (impresa.prensa.com, 08 Sep 2018)
He was born with a malformation to his left leg. The limb was amputated at age five. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019; impresa.prensa.com, 08 Sep 2018)
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