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Venezuelan Paralympic swimmer dreams of winning medal in Tokyo

Venezuelan Paralympic swimmer Jose Gregorio Montilla takes a break during a training session before the Tokyo Paralympic Games, in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2021. Montilla began swimming when he was seven years old to help him recover from operations to treat a joint condition called arthrogryposis. Now, the 20-year-old Venezuelan journalism student hopes to bring home a medal in the 50-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which begin on Aug. 24.

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Venezuelan Paralympic swimmer Jose Gregorio Montilla takes a break during a training session before the Tokyo Paralympic Games, in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2021. Montilla began swimming when he was seven years old to help him recover from...more

Venezuelan Paralympic swimmer Jose Gregorio Montilla takes a break during a training session before the Tokyo Paralympic Games, in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2021. Montilla began swimming when he was seven years old to help him recover from operations to treat a joint condition called arthrogryposis. Now, the 20-year-old Venezuelan journalism student hopes to bring home a medal in the 50-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which begin on Aug. 24. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla trains in Caracas. "We can achieve everything we set out to do," Montilla said after a recent training session in Caracas. "It takes time, it takes patience, dedication, effort to get to the Games," he added with a smile.

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Jose Gregorio Montilla trains in Caracas. "We can achieve everything we set out to do," Montilla said after a recent training session in Caracas. "It takes time, it takes patience, dedication, effort to get to the Games," he added with a...more

Jose Gregorio Montilla trains in Caracas. "We can achieve everything we set out to do," Montilla said after a recent training session in Caracas. "It takes time, it takes patience, dedication, effort to get to the Games," he added with a smile. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla reaches for his goggles during a training session. Montilla qualified to compete in Tokyo after swimming the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:41 at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru.

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Jose Gregorio Montilla reaches for his goggles during a training session. Montilla qualified to compete in Tokyo after swimming the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:41 at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Leonardo...more

Jose Gregorio Montilla reaches for his goggles during a training session. Montilla qualified to compete in Tokyo after swimming the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:41 at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla stretches with the help of his coaches. The youngest of three brothers, Montilla usually trains for an hour and a half each day from Tuesday to Saturday. But since qualifying for the Paralympics in Tokyo, he has doubled his daily training.

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Jose Gregorio Montilla stretches with the help of his coaches. The youngest of three brothers, Montilla usually trains for an hour and a half each day from Tuesday to Saturday. But since qualifying for the Paralympics in Tokyo, he has doubled his...more

Jose Gregorio Montilla stretches with the help of his coaches. The youngest of three brothers, Montilla usually trains for an hour and a half each day from Tuesday to Saturday. But since qualifying for the Paralympics in Tokyo, he has doubled his daily training. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla relaxes in the pool during a training session. He will face stiff competition from Mexican swimmers Diego Lopez Diaz and Marcos Zarate, winners of the gold and silver medals at the Parapan American Games in Lima, as well as competitors from Thailand, Brazil, Israel and Canada.

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Jose Gregorio Montilla relaxes in the pool during a training session. He will face stiff competition from Mexican swimmers Diego Lopez Diaz and Marcos Zarate, winners of the gold and silver medals at the Parapan American Games in Lima, as well as...more

Jose Gregorio Montilla relaxes in the pool during a training session. He will face stiff competition from Mexican swimmers Diego Lopez Diaz and Marcos Zarate, winners of the gold and silver medals at the Parapan American Games in Lima, as well as competitors from Thailand, Brazil, Israel and Canada. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla does a strength and stretching exercise. A total of 25 Venezuelans will participate in the Tokyo Paralympics, including in weightlifting, judo and cycling.

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Jose Gregorio Montilla does a strength and stretching exercise. A total of 25 Venezuelans will participate in the Tokyo Paralympics, including in weightlifting, judo and cycling. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla does a strength and stretching exercise. A total of 25 Venezuelans will participate in the Tokyo Paralympics, including in weightlifting, judo and cycling. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla practices during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla practices during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla practices during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla shares a moment with others after a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla shares a moment with others after a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla shares a moment with others after a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla does a breathing exercise with a fellow athlete while training.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla does a breathing exercise with a fellow athlete while training.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla does a breathing exercise with a fellow athlete while training.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla floats in the pool during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla floats in the pool during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla floats in the pool during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla floats in the pool during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla floats in the pool during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla floats in the pool during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla practices during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla practices during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla practices during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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Jose Gregorio Montilla shares a moment with other swimmers during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla shares a moment with other swimmers during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Jose Gregorio Montilla shares a moment with other swimmers during a training session.  REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
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