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FONSECA Gerdan
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cuba   
GenderMen
Age47
Place of BirthMinas, CUB
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F64
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Diego
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - Superior School of High Performance Athletes Formation [ESFAAR] Girlado Cordova Cardin: Havana, CUB
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1997 in Camaguey, Cuba.
Why this sport?
He was a promising boxer prior to his accident, so when his leg was amputated and he was no longer able to box he decided to use his physical strength and switch to Para athletics throwing events.
Name of coach
Xiomara Rivero [national], CUB
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Cuba
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, watching videos, spending time by the sea. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008, and claiming bronze at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Xiomara Rivero, and his family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Cuban athlete Alberto Juantorena, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named one of the 10 Best Para Athletes by the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation [INDER] in Cuba. (cibercuba.com, 10 Dec 2019)

In 2010 he was named Cuban Para Athlete of the Year. (ecured.cu, 15 Nov 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (adelante.cu, 29 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He lost his right leg following an accident at a train station in 1993. "I was going to take the train to travel to my house. At the time of boarding, I slipped and lost my leg." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; deporcuba.com, 17 Sep 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 Shot Put F44/46 14.76 
3 2008 Shot Put F44 15.65
10 2008 Discus Throw F44 41.26
8 2016 Javelin Throw F44 53.23
  2016 Discus Throw F44  DNS
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 Discus Throw F64 44.34
1 2019 Javelin Throw F64 55.88
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 Shot Put F44 14.30
6 2019 Javelin Throw F64 54.21