Santiago de Chile, Nov 24 (EFE).- In an outstanding performance this Friday, Colombian para athlete José Gregorio Lemos broke the world record in javelin throwing with a result of 61.76 in the men’s F37/38 category of the Santiago Parapan American Games 2023.
Although it is not the first time that the Colombian sets a new world record, last year he achieved a mark of 5.98 in Dubai, globally demonstrating his ability with the throw.
“The expectations are too high, right? Since I am a world record holder, I consider that I must win that medal for my country. In one way or another, the competitors also work hard to achieve that goal. In the end we have to wait and see which It’s the result, but I’m going for 1000,” he told Agencia EFE moments before the competition.
Lemos demonstrated his ability in this discipline after competing in the long jump competition in the morning, where he obtained fifth position in the T37/38 category with a result of 5.98. On this occasion it was the Argentine Lionel Brian Impellizzeri who took first place by obtaining a mark of 6.65.
“I feel extremely good, thank God. Also thanks to the biomedical team that has been working hard. The competition was phenomenal since we have a spectacular climate. We must make the most of each of these spaces that they are offering us,” said Lemos.
This achievement in Santiago 2023 adds to previous successes such as in Tokyo 2020, obtaining the first position on the podium in javelin F38 and long jump T38. This competition was Lemos’s first Paralympic experience, where he emerged as a prominent competitor on the international stage.
“I have had strong training from Monday to Friday. We have concentrations in different parts of our country (Colombia) to be able to arrive in optimal conditions in this competition,” said the Para athlete about his physical preparation.
The 32-year-old had already triumphed in his homeland, Colombia, during the 2019 Bolívar Paranational Games. On this occasion, Lemos won two gold medals, in the long jump and shot put, in addition to a silver in the men’s 100 meters. the T38 category.
Previously Lemos had developed athletics in a conventional way. It was five years ago when he began to practice it in a Paralympic manner when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.