Name: Joel Gomez
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 1,500-meter
Classification: T13
Height: 5-8
DOB: 7/29/2003
Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.
High School: Classical Academy (Escondido, Calif.) ‘21
Coach(es): Joaquim Cruz
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 10th (1,500-meter)
World Championship Experience
  • Most Recent: 2019 – 11th (1500-meter)
  • Years of Participation: 2019
  • Top Finish: 11th – 2019 (1500-meter)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championships, gold (400-meter, 1,500-meter)
  • 2019 Triton Invitational, 19th (1,500-meter), 25th (800-meter)
  • 2018 Arizona Grand Prix, gold (long jump), bronze (100-meter, 1,500-meter)
Personal: Son of Rynn Whitley Gomez and Carlos Gomez...Born with a rare genetic disorder called blue cone monochromacy...Began running track with the Speed to Burn Track club in California when he was nine years old...Broke the five-minute mile barrier at age 13 while competing with the San Diego Waves club...Discovered Paralympic track and field at age 14...Has a running dog, Trixie...Enjoys music, playing instruments and singing...Teaches ukulele at his public library...Enjoys flying drones and cinematography.