Alberto Suárez Laso

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Alberto Suárez Laso
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Alberto Suárez Laso in 2013
Personal information
Born (1977-12-19) 19 December 1977 (age 41)
Riosa, Spain
ResidenceOviedo, Spain
Country Spain
SportTrack and field (T12)

Alberto Suárez Laso (born 19 December 1977) is a T12 athlete from Spain who competes in long distance events like the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, half marathon and marathon. He is a world record holder in the men's T12 marathon, winning gold in the event at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships and the 2012 Summer Paralympics.


Suárez was born December 19, 1977, in Riosa, Asturias.[1][2] As of 2012, he resides in Oviedo, Asturias.[1] He has a vision impairment.[3]

At the 2011 Asturian Best Sportspersons awards organized by the Asturian Sports Press Association, Suárez won an award related to human values.[4] The following year, in 2012, he won the Asturian Sports Press Association award for best male athlete.[5] In 2013, he was awarded the gold Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo.[6]


Suárez is a T12, visually impaired runner,[1][7] and often competes against runners without disabilities.[8] He is a member of the Laso Oviedo Athletics Club,[8][9] and, As of 2012, he is coached by Chus Castaño.[8] He is a world record in the marathon for his classification.[4]

Suárez participated in the 2011 Gran Fondo Siete Aguas International Trophy President of the Council of Valencia.[9] He competed in the 2011 Spanish Paralympic national athletics championships held in Gijón.[10] He competed in the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch New Zealand where he was one of two Spanish competitors in the marathon. He finished the marathon with a gold medal and world record time of 2.28:10.[1][7][11] He also earned a bronze medal in the men's T12 10,000 meter race.[1][12]

Going into the 2012 athletics season, Suárez's goal for it was to win a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics in the marathon.[13] In 2012, he was a recipient of a Plan ADO €23,000 athlete scholarship with a €3,000 reserve and a €2,500 coaching scholarship.[14] He participated in the 2012 Riosa Sports Days.[15] Prior to the start of the London Games, he trained with several other visually impaired Spanish track and field athletes in Logroño.[16] In May 2012, he was on the shortlist of Spanish sportspeople from Asturias likely to compete at the London Paralympics.[17]

Competing in the European Championships in June 2012, he finished in first place in the T12 5,000 meters with a time of 15:23.60.[18]

He competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics,[15][19] where he won a gold medal in the men's T12 marathon and finished sixth in the men's T12 5,000 meter event.[1] His gold medal was Spain's eighth gold of the Games.[2] He finished the marathon in a time of 2:24.50, which was a new Paralympic Games and World Record.[3][19]

Suárez finished 6th in the 2013 Barcelona half marathon while setting a personal best time in the distance and competing against able bodied athletes.[19] He competed in the 2013 Divina Pastora 8 km Orotava held in the Canary Islands. Prior to race day, he gave a presentation connected to the event about physical activity, sport and eating patterns for athletes.[11][19][20] In July 2013, he participated in the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biografías" (in Spanish). Spain: Comité Paralímpico Español. 2012. Archived from the original on 2017-03-07. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  2. ^ a b La Nueva España. "El atleta riosano Alberto Suárez Laso, medalla de oro en Londres" (in Spanish). Spain: La Nueva España. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Los 11 de la ONCE" (in Spanish). November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b 22 de marzo de 2012 19:28h (March 22, 2012). "Juan Mata gana el premio al Mejor Deportista Asturiano" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Oviedo (December 18, 2012). "Ángela Pumariega y Alberto Suárez Laso, elegidos mejores deportistas asturianos de 2012" (in Spanish). Spain: 20 Minutos. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "El paralímpico extremeño Enrique Floriano recibe la Medalla de la Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo" (in Spanish). Region Digital. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Todo el deporte de Córdoba al instante" (in Spanish). Spain: MINUTO90. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Alberto Suárez Laso, oro y record del mundo de maratón en los Juegos Paralímpicos de Londres" (in Spanish). Spain: June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  9. ^ a b News Editor. "Más de 2000 atletas participarán en el Gran Fondo Internacional de Siete Aguas-Trofeo Presidente de la Diputación de Valencia" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved July 5, 2013.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ La Nueva España. "Campeonato sin exclusión — La Nueva España — Diario Independiente de Asturias" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Radiotelevisión Canaria — Deportes" (in Spanish). Spain: 2013-06-16. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Atletas ciegos preparan en Logroño su participación en Londres 2012 — Web de la ONCE" (in Spanish). 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  13. ^ José Ángel García. "El asturiano Alberto Suárez Laso, oro en maratón en los Juegos Paralímpicos" (in Spanish). Spain: El Comercio. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Becas A Entrenadores Del Plan Adop 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 14, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Riosa vuelve a apostar por sus Jornadas — La Nueva España — Diario Independiente de Asturias" (in Spanish). Spain: 2013-06-19. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  16. ^ "Atletas paralímpicos con discapacidad visual se entrenan en Logroño – Canal de Vídeos de" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "Solidaridad Digital – Cinco deportistas de Asturias, en los Juegos Paralímpicos de Londres" (in Spanish). Spain: 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  18. ^ "Six World Records Broken on Final Day of IPC Euros | IPC". International Paralympic Committee. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  19. ^ a b c d "Alberto Suárez Laso, oro en los paralímpicos de Londres, atleta invitado a la 8KM Orotava Divina Pastora" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  20. ^ "Radiotelevisión Canaria — Deportes" (in Spanish). Spain: 2013-06-14. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  21. ^ "Antonio Andújar y José Martínez Morote competirán en Francia en el Mundial de Atletismo Paralímpico | El Pueblo de Albacete diario digital" (in Spanish). Spain: Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2012.

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