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Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Colombia   
Place of BirthNariño, COL
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Arelis, six children
Bogotá, COL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at the Sanitation Battalion of the Colombian Army in Bogota, Colombia. He began competing in 2009.
Why this sport?
He used to play football before his accident. After losing his leg he tried sitting volleyball, swimming and athletics before starting to focus on powerlifting. "I have always enjoyed lifting weights."
Club / Team
Bogota District: Colombia
Name of coach
Henry Oviedo [national]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Watching football. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming bronze in the 97kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Henry Oviedo. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He received an acknowledgement from the Colombian army in recognition of his participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 19 Oct 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 14 May 2020)
In 2008 he lost the lower part of his left leg after stepping on a mine while serving with the Colombian army. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019; Ministerio de Defensa Nacional Facebook page, 03 Jun 2016; Panorama YouTube channel, 19 Apr 2016)
Other information
In February 2020 he and his wife Arelis launched a foundation called 'Gestion, Amor y Vida' [Management, Love and Life], which aims to help people with impairments, senior citizens and children in need in Bogota, Colombia. The foundation also delivered food to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia. "We are doing this so that many people who live off their day to day work, who used to sell fruit or other kinds of food in the streets, and can no longer do so, have something to eat. There are many people with disabilities who are also athletes, and we support them. We do it without resting, but now we need support and collaboration from everyone to continue helping more people. In the future we want to find and help more people in Colombia. We want to expand the foundation throughout the country." (, 14 May 2020, 05 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2016 97kg  NoM
3 2021 97kg 221.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2014 97kg 175.0
3 2017 97kg 219.0
3 2019 97kg 225.0
4 2019 Team 106.52
5 2021 97kg 218.0
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2019 107kg 220