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Rey Melchor Dimas Vasquez

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Family
One son [2018]
Residence
Panama City, PAN
Occupation
Athlete, Hairdresser
Languages
Spanish

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

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Panama
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Hobbies
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)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (impresa.prensa.com, 08 Sep 2018)
Impairment
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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 72.00kg Final 2017-12-04 20