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DIMAS VASQUEZ Rey Melchor
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Panama   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthPanama City, PAN
Height1.54 m
Weight 71 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
One son [2018]
Residence
Panama City, PAN
Occupation
Athlete, Hairdresser
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 30 in 2017 at the High Performance Centre [CEARE] in Panama City, Panama.
Why this sport?
At a young age he tried to stay active in order to not gain weight, and played football. In 2017 when he needed a new prosthetic he got in contact with the Panamanian Paralympic Committee, who suggested he try the sport. "I was asked if I liked lifting weights, and I said, 'Yes'. They told me about the discipline and I liked it."
Name of coach
Maximo Viquez [national], PAN
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Panama
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never stop believing in yourself." (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (impresa.prensa.com, 08 Sep 2018)
Impairment
He was born with a malformation to his left leg. The limb was amputated at age five. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019; impresa.prensa.com, 08 Sep 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2021 72kg 169.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
20 2017 72kg 120.0
13 2019 72kg 153.0
7 2021 72kg 175.0
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 72kg 168