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Arnulfo Castorena

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB2, SM3

Further personal information

Family
Wife Maria Concepcion, seven children
Residence
Guadalajara, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 17 at the CODE club in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Why this sport?
He wanted to become a member of the Mexico national team.
Club / Team
Jalisco State: Mexico
Name of coach
Maria Concepcion [club, wife]; Jose Pelaez Ampudia [national], MEX

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the men's SB2 50m breaststroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (yotambien.mx, 31 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Injuries
In 2014 he underwent surgery on a tendon in his right shoulder. (Facebook profile, 16 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm just a normal guy, and if in another life I was in the same body I am now, I have no doubts I'd be a winner as well." (amazonaws.com, 13 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the Jalisco State Sports Award in Mexico. (codejalisco.gob.mx, 15 Dec 2020)

In 2015 and 2020 he received the Sports Merit Medal from the city of Guadalajara in Mexico. (notisistema.com, 24 Feb 2021; polideportivo.mx, 17 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and to win gold at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (unotv.com, 10 Sep 2021)
Impairment
He was born with underdeveloped legs and missing his left arm. (yoinfluyo.com, 26 Jun 2012; uag.mx, 01 Feb 2001)
Other information
DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD
His mother died during his birth and he was raised by relatives. In childhood he spent six years living in a boarding school in Mexico City, Mexico, and after returning to his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, at age 12, he found that his family had been affected by drug addiction. "My dad left me when I was born, he said he couldn't take care of someone like me. Many times I thought about committing suicide. I was always told that I was useless. I have struggled with a lot of things since I was born, especially the loss of my mother and the rejection of my father. All this effort that I made was to move forward and to show my family that everything was possible despite all the adversity. I always say that I lived within fire but never got burned. I saw how my family consumed drugs and I said, 'I want to know how that feels. I want to forget everything'. But thank God I didn't do it and kept fighting." (yotambien.mx, 31 Aug 2021; tecreview.tec.mx, 31 Aug 2021; unotv.com, 10 Sep 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 7
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 4
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 8
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 4
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 2 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 6
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 8
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heats (SM2/3) 4
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 9
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heats 14
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle Open Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 11
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 9999
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heats 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 9
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heats 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 12
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 9
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 8
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 6
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final (S3-4) 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heats (S2-4) 2
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heats (SB1/2) 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 1 2012-08-30 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 2012-08-30 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2012-08-31 8
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 2 2012-09-02 9999
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final 1 2013-08-17 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final 1 2015-07-15 3
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 2016-09-14 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 2 2016-09-14 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 1 2016-09-16 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 2016-09-16 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 1 2017-12-05 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final 1 2017-12-07 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 1 2017-12-07 2