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CASTILLO CASTILLO Jose De Jesus
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthZapopan, MEX
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Mayra, one son [2019]
Residence
Zapopan, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 17 in 2001 in Zapopan, Mexico.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching a documentary about athletes competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. "It is the best discipline."
Club / Team
Jalisco State: Mexico
Name of coach
Mayra Perez Hernandez [wife], MEX, from 2011
General Interest
Nicknames
Chuy, Hercules (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 97kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and claiming gold in the 107kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Mexican footballer Ramon Ramirez. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Injuries
He sustained a right shoulder injury while competing at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he won gold in the 107kg category. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021; mugsnoticias.com.mx, 01 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He concentrates and shouts before attempting a lift. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Falling is allowed, getting up is mandatory." (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Mexican National Sports Award in the Para sport category. (gob.mx, 07 Nov 2018)

In 2018 he received the Jalisco State Sports Award in the Para sport category. (lider919.com, 17 Oct 2018)

In 2017 and 2018 he was named Americas Para Athlete of the Year by the Americas Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2019; insidethegames.biz, 04 Feb 2018)

In 2015 he was presented with a sports merit award for the seventh time by the city council of Guadalajara in Mexico. (notisistema.com, 16 Dec 2015; informador.com.mx, 05 Jan 2011)
Famous relatives
His wife Mayra Perez Hernandez has served as his coach. (mugsnoticias.com.mx, 02 Jul 2020; Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gob.mx, 01 Jul 2020)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age two. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019; laaficion.milenio.com, 13 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008 90kg 200.0
  2012 90kg  NoM
3 2016 97kg 229
5 2021 107kg 220.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2006 100kg 180.0
4 2010 90kg 210.0
3 2014 88kg 220.0
1 2017 107kg 236.0
3 2019 107kg 235.0
10 2019 Team 214.07
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 107kg 226