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SOTACURO Efrain
Sport Para athletics
NPC Peru   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthHuanchaco, PER
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Family
One son [2020]
Residence
Huancayo, PER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Marketing Management - Continental University: Huancayo, PER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2012.
Why this sport?
He had always liked athletics and used to run three hours per day to get to school. Following his accident, he saw athletics as a path to self-improvement. "I run and train because it is my passion, because it allows me to escape poverty and because I want to achieve something important in my life."
Training Regime
Most days he has two training sessions totalling four hours. One day a week, he runs 32 kilometres.
General Interest
Nicknames
Efrita (atletasperu.com, 12 Apr 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T46 1500m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (lima2019.pe, 19 Jan 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A champion has to endure pain to win." (atletasperu.com, 12 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Peru for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo alongside taekwondo athlete Angelica Espinoza. (ahora.com.pe, 14 Aug 2021)

He was recognised by the Congress of the Republic of Peru in 2014 for his international sporting achievements. (ipd.gob.pe, 01 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lima2019.pe, 19 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He touched a live wire in a high voltage tower in 2008. The electric shock resulted in both of his arms being amputated. (atletasperu.com, 12 Apr 2015; aficionline.com, 22 Oct 2014)
Other information
TOKYO MOTIVATION
He is using the disappointment of his fourth place finish in the T46 marathon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as motivation ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. "I apologise to my country for this fourth place. I am sorry. I wanted a medal but I couldn't win it. I hope to fulfil my dream and win a medal [at Tokyo 2020]. It was a shame I finished fourth in Rio but life gives you opportunities for revenge and today I train three times harder to be more prepared." (lima2019.pe, 25 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 Marathon T46 2:55:27
7 2021 Marathon T46 2:41:20
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 1500m T46 4:17.00
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2019 Marathon T46 2:41:11