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DRAKE VEGA Oniger
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Cuba   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthCárdenas, CUB
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - University of Camaguey: Cuba
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2001 in Matanzas, Cuba.
Why this sport?
He was recruited by the Cuban Association of Physically and Motor Limited [ACLIFIM]. "I chose this sport because it allowed me to be stronger and more independent."
Name of coach
Ramon Martinez [national], CUB
Training Regime
He trains at the Martires de Barbados stadium in Bayamo, Cuba.
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Cuba
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Guadalajara, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, watching movies, computing, electronics. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, and placing fourth at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother, his coach and his teammates. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Union, team spirit, motivation, dedication, commitment." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named among the 10 Most Outstanding Paralympic Athletes of 2015 by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER]. (granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015)
Impairment
He sustained his impairment after he fell off a moving train. Both of his legs have been amputated above the knee. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019; jit.cu, 12 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 88kg 205
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 88kg 205.0
5 2019 88kg 208.0