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MONTEROLA Omar
Sport Para athletics
NPC Venezuela   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthCarabobo, VEN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T37, F37
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife and two sons
Residence
Valencia, VEN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 13.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport by his cousin Keisa, who competed in pole vault at international level.
Name of coach
Adriana Benaventa [personal]
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His grandmother. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 16 Sep 2016)
Injuries
He missed the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing due to an injury. (noticias24.com, 31 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no barriers and no limits to chase your dreams. With effort and perseverance everything is possible." (inia.gob.ve, 13 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
His cousin Keisa Monterola has represented Venezuela in able-bodied athletics. She finished fifth in pole vault at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (notivargas.org, 13 Mar 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (eluniversal.com, 29 Aug 2016)
Other information
FAMILY MOTIVATION
His second son was born the day before he won silver in the T37 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "It gave me more motivation. In my race I just wanted to get on with it and I told myself, 'I'll do it. I'll do it for him'." (myinfo.rio2016.com, 16 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 200m T37 23.34
8 2012 400m T38  DNF
8 2012 100m T37  DSQ
8 2016 100m T37 12.13
2 2016 400m T37 52.93
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2011 100m T37  DNS
5 2011 200m T37 24.17
3 2013 100m T37 11.88
4 2013 200m T37 23.57