Following a first place win at the II Open Internacional de Natación y Atletismo Paralímpico yesterday in Medellín, Colombia, Peru’s Pedro Pablo de Vinatea has qualified for next year’s Parapan American Games. His performance matches his first place finish at a competition in Santiago, Chile earlier in the year.
Because badminton is not on the Paralympic program, de Vinatea had thought about giving up the sport in favor of either cycling or swimming in order to compete on that stage, and ultimately made the switch to swimming though he continues to compete in badminton. His participation in sport has been helped because of sponsorship from Herbalife – Perú.
Over 600 swimmers, and 900 track and field athletes participated in the II Open Internacional de Natación y Atletismo Paralímpico. Other Peruvian athletes participating include Carlos Felipa Cordova who earned a medal in his first international competition, Efrain Sotacuro Quispe, Carlos Enrique Felipa Cordova who won a bronze in athletics in his first time representing Peru, and Efrain Sotacuro Quispe.