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Honduras’ Gabriel Zelaya Diaz leaves Rio Games without a successful lift in the men’s -72kg class

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Honduras’s Gabriel Zelaya Diaz tries for his first lift. Image credit: Laura Hale.

Earlier today in the men’s -72kg class at the Rio Paralympics,  Honduras’  Gabriel Zelaya Diaz leaves Rio without managing a successful lift.


Zelaya Diaz missed on his first lift attempt at 100 kgs.  He tried 105kg for his second attempt, and was also unable to get a successful lift on the board.  Prior to his third and final attempt at 105, Zelaya Diaz waved to the crowd encouraging them to cheer him on.  They responded back with enthusiasm.   Despite appearing much more relaxed an determined, he was unable to get a successful lift.

Zelaya Diaz has had limited international experience. The 40-year-old is from El Progreso. He weighs 71kg.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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