Saúl Mendoza

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For the Bolivan fencer, see Saúl Mendoza (fencer).
Saúl Mendoza
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Mexico
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Wheelchair racing
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Wheelchair racing
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 5000 m T52-53
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 1500 m T54
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 200 m Cat. 4
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul 800 m Cat. 4
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul 5000 m Cat. 4
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney 800 m T54

Saúl Mendoza Hernández (born January 6, 1967 in Mexico City)[1] is a former wheelchair racer, who competed at the Olympic and Paralympic levels.

He acquired polio when he was 6 months old and grew up playing a variety of different sports. At the 2000 Olympic Games, he finished first in the demonstration event of Men's 1500m wheelchair. He finished second in the same event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He won six medals in different athletics events at the Paralympic Games - 2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze - in a career that spanned from Seoul 1988 to Beijing 2008. He was the flag-bearer for the Mexican team in the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Mendoza won the Men's Wheelchair Race of the London Marathon in 2004 in controversial circumstances after following a police motorbike through a shortcut on the course near the turn-around at The Cutty Sark, cutting the course short by approximately 200m.[2] He went on to finish the race with a comfortable lead ahead of British athlete David Weir and escaped disqualification. He went on to defend this title in 2005. He has also won the wheelchair division in the Twin Cities Marathon nine times.[3]

The 2008 Paralympic Games were his sixth and final Paralympic appearance, as he had previously announced he would retire from competition after the Games.[4] Online records indicate he competed in the 2012 Paralympics, and is currently active on Linked In, a professional networking group.

However, he returned to the sport to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic marathon on Sunday 9 September having earlier in the season set a new personal best of 1:24:23.[5]

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