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ARREDONDO Porfirio
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthMonterrey, MEX
Height1.50 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Biology - Nuevo Leon State Autonomous University [UANL]: San Nicolas de los Garza, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 19 in Monterrey, Mexico.
Why this sport?
He wanted to get involved in Para sport to improve his health. In 1991 he was invited to try out in Para athletics for the Nuevo Leon team in Mexico. "As I couldn't make a qualifying standard, I was invited to join the team in weightlifting because I used to go to the gym."
Training Regime
He trains at the 'Ninos Heroes' High Performance Centre in Monterrey, Mexico.
General Interest
Nicknames
Tono (Athlete, 25 Oct 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 75kg category at the 2006 World Championships in Busan, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Knowledge takes you to excellence." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2007 Athlete of the Year in the province of Monterrey in Mexico. (elporvenir.com.mx, 30 Jan 2007)
Milestones
He was the first male athlete representing Mexico to become world champion in Para powerlifting when he claimed gold in the 75kg category at the 2006 World Championships in Busan, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 May 2020; gob.mx, 07 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gob.mx, 07 Apr 2018)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age five. (gob.mx, 07 Apr 2018; Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He intends to retire after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "Every four years I am asked if I am going to be at the Paralympics. And I always say, 'I'm going to be in Tokyo'. But this time I will retire after that. It will be my last event at this level, no matter what the result might be." (gob.mx, 07 Apr 2018)

OTHER ROLES
He has served as president of the Wheelchair Sports Association in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. (gob.mx, 07 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 1996 75kg 165.0
4 2000 67.5kg 192.5
  2004 67.5kg  NoM
5 2008 75kg 197.5
5 2012 82.5kg 195
6 2016 80kg 197
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 67.5kg 180.0
4 2002 67.5kg 187.5
1 2006 75kg 200.0
4 2010 82.5kg 197.5
10 2014 72kg 170.0
6 2017 88kg 200.0
7 2019 80kg 183.0
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2019 80kg 184