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MOLINA SIBAJA Laurens
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Costa Rica   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthSan Josť, CRC
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 15.
Why this sport?
He wanted to prove that he could compete despite his impairment.
General Interest
Nicknames
Man of Steel (diarioextra.com, 29 Jul 2013)
Injuries
He was struck by a moving vehicle while training in 2013. He fractured bones in his hands in the accident and required an operation to insert titanium screws to help his injuries heal. (diarioextra.com, 27 Jul 2013, 29 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The secret of my victories is hard work." (aldia.cr, 04 May 2013)
Awards and honours
The 2012 Carrera del Odontologo [Dentist's Race] in Heredia, Costa Rica, was dedicated to him in recognition of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (mariosegura.com, 30 Sep 2012)
Impairment
Both of his legs were amputated above the knee at a young age due to a congenital illness. (msn.com, 27 May 2013)
Other information
SANCTION
In December 2018 the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] announced he had been suspended from competition for a period of four years after committing an anti-doping violation. He had tested positive for the banned substance methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin [CERA] in April 2017 at an out-of-competition test in London, England. His ban is due to end in April 2021. (paralympic.org, 20 Dec 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2000 100m T54 16.13
Semifinal 2000 200m T54  DSQ
27 2012 Marathon T54 1:48:25
ParaPan American Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2003 100m T54 15.72
6 2003 400m T54 57.11
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1st Round 2006 100m T54  DNS
1st Round 2006 200m T54  DNS
1st Round 2006 400m T54  DNS
  2006 Marathon T54  DNF
ParaPan American Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2003 100m Freestyle S8 2:21.01
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
14 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:38:32