El Pasoan wins gold at the World Swimming Championships for Down Syndrome

El Pasoan wins gold at the World Swimming Championships for Down Syndrome (Source: Daniel Hernandez)

An El Paso swimmer won gold at the World Swimming Championships for Down syndrome.

Andres Hernandez won gold in the 200 freestyle, silver in the 100 freestyle & the bronze in the 100 back at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Canada.

There were 24 countries represented, 13 of those from the U.S.

His father, Ignacio Hernandez, said Andres is their family's miracle.

"When he was about to be born, the doctors recommended an abortion because we knew Andres was going to be born with Downsyndrome," he said. "Luckily, thanks to God, I have to say it, we made the right decision."

“There are 24 countries, very strong competitors this year throughout the world.” said Ignacio Hernandez.

Andres started swimming when he was 4 years old and has racked up quite the resume. He swam at the 2012 championships in Logano, Italy, the 2014 championships in Morelia, Mexico, and the 2016 championships in Florence, Italy.


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