Rafael Botello Jiménez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Botello and the second or maternal family name is Jimenez.
Rafael Botello Jimenez
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Country  Spain
Sport Track and field

Rafael Botello Jimenez is a Spanish track and field athlete specializing in long distance events. He has represented Spain at the 2008 and the 2012 Summer Paralympics where he did not earn a medal.


Botello was born in Vic, Barcelona in 1979,[1][2] and continues to reside in Barcelona.[2][3] His father was born in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa.[4] In 2002, he was in a bicycle accident that left him a paraplegic because of damage to the Thoracic spinal nerve 11 and 12.[3] Prior to his accident he played a number of sports on the amateur level including football, kickboxing and athletics.[3] In 2010, Botello was learning English.[3]


Botello is a T54 competitor.[1][5] In 2011, he was the Spanish national record holder in the 800 meters, 10,000 meters on the track, and 5 km, 10 km and marathon on the road.[1] He was the first Spanish wheelchair competitor to go sub 1:25 on in the marathon and sub 10:15 in the 5,000 meters.[1] In an average year of training and competition, he will cover a distance 8,500 kilometres (5,300 mi). At the same time, he will spend six days a week training.[3] Inside Spain, there is little funding for wheelchair marathon races and few money races. Thus, he spends a lot of the time competing outside the country. In order to get sponsorship, he had to personally approach and sell himself to potential sponsors.[3]

At the 2006 World Championships in Sweden, Botello won a gold medal in the 3,000 meter event.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] He competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the marathon where he finished seventh.[3] In 2010, he competed in the New York City Marathon, finishing in a time of 1:47.39, making him the first Spanish wheelchair competitor to finish the race.[3] The 2010 race was his fifth time competing in the race in which he placed in the top ten three times.[3] In 2011, he did the running part of the CAN Triathlon Mallorca, with Vicente Javier Torres Ramis doing the swimming leg and Joan Llaneras doing the cycling component.[1]

Botello competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[5][13] He failed to make the finals in the 5,000 meters event.[5] He finished ninth in the marathon with a time of 1:33.05.[6][14][15] Melilla hosted a half marathon in November 2012 that he participated in. It was the first half marathon he competed in, and took place in his father's hometown.[4] In March 2013, he competed at the Los Angeles Marathon.[15] In March 2013, he participated in an international training camp for wheelchair athletes held in Costa Rica.[15]


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  2. ^ a b "Deportes | Juegos Olímpicos | Medallero" (in Spanish). elmundo.es. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Rafa Botello y la hazaña de correr el maratón de Nueva York con la fuerza de sus brazos" (in Spanish). 20minutos.es. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "eltelegrama — Botello: "Con el tiempo podrían venir a competir 1.500 personas"" (in Spanish). Eltelegrama.es. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Primer oro y tres bronces mĂĄs para EspaĂąa, debuta la tinerfeĂąa Michelle Alonso" (in Spanish). Spain: Diario de Avisos. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Alberto Suárez y Ait Khamouch ponen oro y plata en la última jornada." (in Spanish). Hoy.es. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
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  8. ^ Juanjo Baena. "Alberto Suárez y Ait Khamouch ponen oro y plata en la última jornada — La Razón digital" (in Spanish). Larazon.es. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Alberto Suárez y Ait Khamouch ponen oro y plata en la última jornada. nortecastilla.es" (in Spanish). Elnortedecastilla.es. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Frecuencia Digital Debutan el Atletismo y La Roja de Fútbol 5 en los Parlímpicos" (in Spanish). Frecuenciadigital.es. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  14. ^ "Oro y récord mundial para Alberto Suárez en el maratón de los Juegos Paralímpicos. SUR.es" (in Spanish). Diariosur.es. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "Laurens Molina organiza un campamento en Costa Rica" (in Spanish). Aldia.cr. Retrieved 5 January 2014.