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DIAZ ALDANA Leonardo
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cuba   
GenderMen
Age43
Height1.75 m
Weight 103 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F56
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Residence
Bayamo, CUB
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - ESPA College: Cienfuegos, CUB
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 1996 in Granma Province, Cuba.
Club / Team
Asociacion Cubana de Limitados Fisico-Motores [ACLIFIM]: Cuba
Name of coach
Raul Barreiro, CUB
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day.
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Cuba
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the Paralympic Games, the Pan American Games and the world championships. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family, and his coach. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016 sports journalists named him among the Best Paralympic Athletes in Granma Province, Cuba. (acn.cu, 21 Dec 2016)

In 2012, 2015 and 2016 he was named among the Ten Outstanding Paralympic Athletes by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER] and the Cuban Sports Journalists Association. (cubasi.cu, 14 Dec 2016; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015, 11 Dec 2012; cnctv.icrt.cu, 11 Dec 2015)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after he was involved in an accident while serving in the Cuban military. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017; ecured.cu, 13 Nov 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2004 Shot Put F56 9.31 
  2004 Discus Throw F56 NoM
11 2004 Javelin Throw F55-56 28.65 
1 2008 Discus Throw F55-56 40.87
5 2008 Javelin Throw F55-56 30.70
14 2008 Shot Put F55-56 10.10
18 2012 Shot Put F54-56 9.85
1 2012 Discus Throw F54/55/56 44.63
10 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 29.92
3 2016 Discus Throw F56 43.58
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Discus Throw F54-56 43.10
1 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 45.32
10 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 30.20
10 2013 Shot Put F56/57 10.20
1 2015 Discus Throw F56 45.10
17 2015 Javelin Throw F57 27.97
12 2015 Shot Put F57 10.48
1 2017 Discus Throw F56 45.47