|Full name||Dionicio Gustavo|
18 January 1983 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
Early age and personal life
He suffered a minor gunshot wound in his right thigh in 2001 during a robbery.
Gustavo won the gold medal in the 2000 and 2006 Pan American Karate Championships, the silver medal at the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games after losing to Emilio Oviedo in the gold medal round, and the bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.
He also won the 2007 Pan American Games gold medal in the 75 kg category. This win was accompanied by a promise of a house for his mother who lost her home in 1998 because of Hurricane Georges. For his successful year in 2007, the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee awarded him Karate Athlete of the Year in 2008.
While fighting Chilean David Dubó, Gustavo suffered an injury in his left eye during the 2009 Pan American Karate Championship in Willemstad, Curaçao. He would later receive full support from the Dominican Republic Minister of Sports for full recovery.
Alongside María Dimitrova, Gustavo was awarded Karate Athlete of the Year in 2010 by the National Olympic Committee. That same year he won the gold medal in under 75 kg and the bronze in kumite at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. For this medal he was recognized by the Chief of Staff of the Dominican Navy, where he had the Ensign rank.
On January 31, 2011, Gustavo was awarded by the Dominican Republic Youth Ministry as the National Youth Award for Sport Merits. The Dominican Republic Sports Minister gave him a house in Monte Plata, just before he departed to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete at the Pan American Games. He was selected to replace Gabriel Mercedes as the Dominican Republic flag bearer, because Mercedes had to compete the next day following the inaugural parade. He not only carried the national flag, but won the gold medal, defeating the American Thomas Scott in the final match. The medal was dedicated to the Sport Minister, Mr. Jay Payano, for his support to the athletes and the national sport.
- "Gustavo Dionisio tras la consistencia en Karate". Hoy (in Spanish). 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Lesiones no impidieron oro a Dionisio". Listin Diario (in Spanish). 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "Dionisio Gustavo libra su combate más difícil en barrio Simón Bolívar". Listin Diario (in Spanish). 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "Cosecha de medallas para R. Dominicana". La Prensa Grafica (in Spanish). 2002. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Karate". La Red 21 (in Spanish). AFP. 2003-08-13. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Gustavo Dionisio conquista el oro". Diario Libre (in Spanish). 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Dionisio Gustavo espera apartamento". El Nacional (in Spanish). 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "Campeones panamericanos dominicanos ganan distinción como 'Atleta del Año'". 7 Dias (in Spanish). 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Lesionan ojo Dionicio Gustavo". El Nacional (in Spanish). 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "PARNI cubrirá gastos de lesión Gustavo Dionisio, campeón panam kárate". 7 Dias (in Spanish). 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "Luguelin Santos, el Atleta del Año 2010". Diario Libre (in Spanish). 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- XXI Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos y del Caribe (2010). "Karate Do - GUSTAVO Dionicio". Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Marina de Guerra de la República Dominicana (2010-08-06). "Medallistas Marina de Guerra". Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- Ministerio de la Juventud (2011). "Ganadores del Premio Nacional de la Juventud 2011" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Entregan casa Gustavo Dionisio en Bayaguana". Hoy (in Spanish). 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Dionisio es el nuevo abanderado RD en Panam". Hoy (in Spanish). 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Dionisio cumplió la promesa de ganar oro". Hoy (in Spanish). 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-10-31.