Rafael Botello Jiménez

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Rafael Botello Jimenez
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Website www.rafabotello.com
Sport
Country  Spain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Coached by Javier Gutierrez

Rafael Botello Jimenez is a Spanish wheelchair athlete specializing in long distance events. He has represented Spain at the 2008 and the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Personal life[edit]

Rafa born in Vic, Barcelona on 23 February 1979 and since then still living in Manlleu. His father was born in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa.,[1] the mother was born in Arquillos, Jaen. Marisa, is your only sister.

In 2002, he was in a bicycle accident that left him a paraplegic because of damage to the Thoracic spinal nerve 11 and 12.[2] Prior to his accident he played a number of sports on the amateur level including football, kickboxing and athletics.[2]

Athletics[edit]

Rafa is a T54 competitor.[3][4] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[2] 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.[2]

At the 2006 World Championships in Sweden, Botello won a gold medal in the 3,000 meter event.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] He competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the marathon where he finished seventh.[2] 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.[2] The 2010 race was his fifth time competing in the race in which he placed in the top ten three times.[2] 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.[3]

Botello competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[4][12] He failed to make the finals in the 5,000 meters event.[4] He finished ninth in the marathon with a time of 1:33.05.[5][13][14] 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.[1] In March 2013, he competed at the Los Angeles Marathon.[14] In March 2013, he participated in an international training camp for wheelchair athletes held in Costa Rica.[14]

WORLD MAJORS MARATHON:

NEW YORK MARATHON (USA) 2006 (10º), 2007 (9º), 2008 (12º), 2009 (8º), 2010 (9º), 2011 (10º). 2013 (11ª). 2014 y (15º). 2015 (11º).

LONDON MARATHON (UK) 2008 (9º), 2009 (8º), 2010 (12º) 2011 (pinchazo), 2012 (11º), 2013 (flat tire), 2014 (13º), 2015 (27º) no grape, 2016 (11º).

CHICAGO MARATHON 2009 (4º), 2010 (3º), 2013 (6ª), 2014 (19º flat tire), 2015 (11º).

BOSTON MARATHON (USA) 2009 (6º), 2010 (6º), 2011 (5º), 2012 (bad condition), 2013 (13º), 2014 (12º) y 2015 (11º).

BERLIN MARATHON (GER) 2003 (debut), 2005 (8º), 2006 (7º) y 2012 (3º)

DIAMOND / GOLDEN LEAGUE IAAF:

7º Golden League París (FRA) 2009

8º Diamond League París (FRA) 2010

8º Diamond League Laussane (SUI) 2010

OTHER COMPETITIONS:

3 times winner Maraton de Lanzarote 2008, 2009 y 2010

3 Maratona de Treviso (ITA) 2012, 2014 y 2015

2 Medio Maratón de Portugal 2005, 2014 y 3º 2015

2 Medio Maratón de Cali (COL) 2008 y 2009

2 Maraton de Valencia 2007 y 2010

Winner of the Grandmas Marathon en Duluth, Minnesota (USA) 2007

Winner of the Carlsbad, San Diego (USA) 2013

Winner of the Gran Canaria Maratón (ESP) 2014

Winner of the Corsa Internazionale Su Estrada (ITA) 2014

Winner of the 10 km de la Maraton de Gran Canaria 2015

2º Maraton de Los Angeles (USA) 2013 y 2014

2º Maratona de San Antonio di Padova (ITA) 2007

2º Maratón de Beirut (LIB) 2005.

2º JoongAng Seoul Marathon 2014

3º Bolder Boulder 10 km, Colorado (USA) in 2010

3º Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge in George (RSA) 2008

3º Durban Marathon (RSA) 2008

3º BUPA Great North Run de Newcastle (UK) 2008, 2010, 2013 y 2014

3º Medio Maratón de Lisboa (POR) 2015

4º Peachtree Road Race 10k Atlanta (USA) 2014

5º Maratón de Paris (FRA) 2008

5º Rolling Rampage, Ottawa (CAN) 2008

5º Tyne Tunnel 2 km Internacional Wheelchair 2013

6º Maratón de Schenkon (SUI) 2008

7º Media Maratón de Oita (JAP) 2004

7º Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon (KOR) 2006

PERSONAL BEST:

Track events:

100 m: 17.29 s - Hospitalet 2007 (ESP) -

200 m: 29.48 s - Logroño 2009 (ESP) -

400 m: 52.89 s - Logroño 2009 (ESP) -

800 m: 1 min 39.92 s - Atlanta 2007 (USA) .

1500 m: 3 min 2.67 s - Arbon 2010 (SUI).

5000 m: 10 min 12.57 s - Arbon 2006 (SUI).

10000 m: 21 min 23 s - Arbon 2005 (SUI) - SPANISH RECORD

Route:

5 km: 10 min 29.40 s - Cedartown 2007 (USA) - SPANISH RECORD.

10 km: 20 min 10.8 s - Al-Ain 2009 (EUA) - SPANISH RECORD.

Half Marathon: 44 min 33 s - Lisboa 2014 (POR).

Marathon: 1 h 22 min 18 s - Padova 2007 (ITA) - SPANISH RECORD

BEST TIME IN MARATHON:

1h 22:18 San Antonio de Padova (ITA) 2007 (RECORD DE ESPAÑA)

1h 23:00 Grandmas Marathon, Duluth (USA) 2012

1h 23:53 Juegos Paralímpicos de Pekín (CHI) 2008

1h 25:14 Boston (USA) 2011

1h 26:12 Treviso (ITA) 2010

1h 26:33 Treviso (ITA) 2012

1h 26:57 Boston (USA) 2014 1h 27:05 Grandmas Marathon, Duluth (USA) 2013

1h 27:45 Oita (JAP) 2007

1h 28:24 Wheelchair Marathon, Oensingen (SUI) 2007

1h 28:45 Grandmas Marathon (USA) 2007

1h 28:46 Chicago Marathon (USA) 2010

1h 29:23 San Antonio de Padova (ITA) 2008

1h 29:56 Oita (JAP) 2006

BEST TIME IN HALF MARATHON:

44:33 Lisboa, Portugal 2014

44:49 Newcastle, Inglaterra 2009

44:58 Cali, Colombia 2009

45:01 Lisboa, Portugal 2009

45:37 Newcastle, Inglaterra 2013

ALL MARATHONS (88 April 2015)

London (UK) 2012 Paralympic Games: 9º.

Beijing (CHI) 2008 Paralympic Games: 11º.

Cristhchurch (NZ) 2011 World Championships: 13º.

Espoo (FIN) 2005 European Championships: 12º.

8 times New York (USA) 2006: 10º. 2007: 9º. 2008: 12º. 2009: 8º. 2010: 9º. 2011: 10º. 2013: 11ª. 2014: 15ª.

7 times Paris (FRA) 2005: 8º. 2006: 7º. 2007: 6º. 2008: 5º. 2010: 8º. 2011: 5º. 2014: 11º

7 Grandmas Marathon (USA) 2006: 4º. 2007: 1º. 2010: 2º. 2011: 3º. 2012: 3º. 2013: 4º. 2014: 2º

7 Boston (USA) 2009: 6º. 2010: 6º. 2011 5º. 2012 18º. 2013: 13º. 2014: 12º. 2015: 13º.

6 times London (UK) 2008: 9º. 2009: 8º. 2010: 12º. 2012: 15º. 2013: 21º. 2014: 13º.

6 Treviso (ITA) 2009: 4º. 2010: 2º. 2011: 6º. 2012: 1º. 2014: 1º. 2015: 1º.

5 times Lanzarote (ESP) 2008: 1º. 2009: 1º. 2010: 1º. 2011: 4º. 2012: 9º.

4 times Seoul Wheelchair Marathon(KOR) 2006: 7º. 2007: 8º. 2011: 10º. 2012: 9º.

4 Berlín (GER) 2003: 61º (First Marathon). 2006: 8º. 2007: 7º. 2012: 3º.

4 Chicago (USA) 2009: 4º. 2010: 3º. 2013: 6º. 2014: 19º

4 Los Angeles (USA) 2011: 11º. 2013: 2º . 2014: 2º. 2015: 8º (crash)

3 times Oita (JAP) 2005: 14º. 2006: 18º. 2007: 12º.

2 times Padova (ITA) 2007: 2º. 2008: 8º.

2 Oensingen (SUI) 2005: 9º. 2007: 8º.

2 Valencia (ESP) 2007: 1º. 2010: 1º.

2 Shenckon (SUI) 2004: 35º. 2006: 6º.

2 Gran Canaria (ESP) 2012 : 1º. 2014: 1º.

2 Sevilla (ESP) 2004: 4º. 2006: 3º.

1 time Outeniqua Wheelchair, George (RSA) 2008: 3º.

1 JoongAng Seoul Marathon (KOR) 2014: 2º.

1 Durban (RSA) 2008: 3º.

1 Beirut (LIB) 2005: 2º.

1 Robledo de Chavela, Madrid (ESP) Marathon (Astromad).

1 Ironman Lanzarote, (ESP) 1º.

1 Barcelona (ESP) 2004: 2º

Other sports[edit]

TRIATHLON

In 2014 I did a little stop in my sports carree to fulfill a dream, i.e. to be a Finisher of the Toughest IRONMAN race in the world. Lanzarote and the Canary Islands was the race of my choice and it took place on the 17th of May 2014. I did finish it and was the first Spanish wheelchair athlete to finish the toughest IRONMAN on the planet. Two weeks later, feeling strong and ready, I managed to win the Duathlon World Championship in the Spanish town of Pontevedra. Even if triathlon is not my sport, I did obtain two gold medals in Spanish Duathlon Championships on the sprint distance and two more on the long distance, on top of a victory on my very first triathlon, the IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote.  

Triathlon

Winner of the Lanzarote Ironman in 2014 (first Spanish in finish).

Winner of the 70.3 Lanzarote.  

Duathlon

World Champion in Pontevedra 2014.

Silver medal in the World Champion in Gijon 2011.

National Champion in Pontevedra 2013 and Soria 2015.

National Champion in long distance in Orihuela 2014 and 2015.

HANDBIKE (CICLYNG)

National Champion in trime trial and route 2013.

References[edit]

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