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Rommel
Pacheco
MexicoMexico, MEX
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 July 1986
Height
167 cm
Weight
63 kg
Residence
Mérida, MEX
Occupation
Armed Forces, Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration - University Anahuac del Sur: Mexico City, MEX

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age seven in Yucatan, Mexico.
Club / Team
Yucatan State [MEX] / Army [MEX]:
Name of coach
Ma Jin [national], CHN

General Interest

Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla Perez, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (NOC, 2004)
Injuries
In March 2017 he experienced a 14-hour hospital stay due to dehydration before going straight to the pool to compete in the 2017 World Series in Beijing, People's Republic of China. (lajornadamaya.mx, 17 Mar 2017)

A shoulder injury prevented him from competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (excelsior.com.mx, 06 Jul 2018)

In October 2011 he was taken to hospital with dengue fever. (holayucatan.com.mx, 06 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was named Best Student-Athlete by Anahuac University in Mexico. (elvigia.net, 12 Dec 2013)

In 2005 he received the National Sports Award from the Mexican government. (magisterio.com.mx, 01 Nov 2005)

He has received the Yucatan State's Sports Award in 2000, 2013, 2015 and 2017. (yucatan.gob.mx, 16 Oct 2017; zocalo.com.mx, 01 Dec 2013; tribunacampeche.com, 16 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (milenio.com, 23 Jul 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He says he plans to retire from competitive sport after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I have to prepare my life after my career, although I will keep being involved in sports." (lacronica.com, 12 Aug 2018; radioformula.com, 10 Sep 2018)

ROLE MODEL
He was selected as a Role Model Athlete for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an initiative by the International Olympic Committee [IOC] to inspire the competitors at the Games. "Being an Olympic athlete is a real honour and a responsibility with the country. For me, it means to be like a superhero, wearing the uniform, competing, giving all that you have and showing all what you have trained." (24-horas.mx, 16 Mar 2018)

TV SHOW
He has taken part in the Mexican TV's reality shows 'Exatlon' and '¡Mira quien baila!' [Look who's dancing!]. (elsoldemexico.com.mx, 17 Aug 2018)