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VALENZUELA Cristian
Sport Para athletics
NPC Chile   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthConchalí, CHI
Height1.62 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Raul Moya
Further Personal Information
Residence
Santiago, CHI
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up running in 2006 at the Santa Lucia Educational Centre in Santiago, Chile.
Name of coach
Ricardo Opazo [national], CHI
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Chile
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Eritrean distance runner Zersenay Tadese. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He missed the T11 5000m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of injury. (paralympic.org, 29 Apr 2017)

In about 2012 he had Achilles tendinopathy in both of his legs. (revistachilenadeatletismo.cl, 09 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are two options in life, cry or keep moving forward." (contintanegra.cl, 01 Oct 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named 2015 Athlete of the Year [for Para athletics] by the Circle of Sports Journalists of Chile. (paralympic.org, 22 Dec 2015)

He was Chile's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (latercera.com, 07 Aug 2015)

He was named 2012 Athlete of the Year by the Olympic Association of Chile. (biobiochile.cl, 04 Mar 2013)

He was named 2012 Athlete of the Year by the Circle of Sports Journalists of Chile. (latercera.com, 20 Dec 2012)
Impairment
He lost his vision due to glaucoma at age 12. (contintanegra.cl, 01 Oct 2012)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2012 he became the first person representing Chile to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games when he was victorious in the T11 5000m in London. (parasuramericanos.santiago2014.cl, 30 Mar 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 07 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2008 1500m T11 4:27.94
4 2012 1500m T11 4:07.79
1 2012 5000m T11 15:26.26
  2012 Marathon T12  DNS
  2016 5000m T11  DNS
Round 1 2016 1500m T11  DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 10000m T11 33:21.51
  2011 1500m T11  DNF
4 2011 5000m T11 16:01.88
1 2011 Marathon T11 2:41:04
2 2013 5000m T11 15:45.68
4 2013 800m T11 2:07.32
2 2013 1500m T11 4:15.80
1 2013 Marathon T11 2:44:33
1 2015 5000m T11 15:52.64
2 2015 1500m T11 4:14.00
2 2017 5000m T11 15:49.63
5 2017 1500m T11 4:25.48