Fuentes, born in Bucaramanga, finished after Spaniard Ricardo Ten and Daniel Dias from Brazil.
“I have mixed feelings,” Fuentes told Colombian media. “On one hand I feel joy for being on the podium. God gave me a little more life and now I’m here. But I also feel sadness because I could’ve done better,” he added.
It’s not the first time the swimmer wheels away with a medal. The 34-year old Fuentes won bronze at the world championchip swimming in Durban in 2006.