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MARRO Guillermo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Argentina   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthPergamino, ARG
Height1.69 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Cintia
Residence
Pergamino, ARG
Occupation
Athlete, Coordinator
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age three.
Why this sport?
His older brothers were keen swimmers.
Club / Team
Club Atletico River Plate: Buenos Aires, ARG
Name of coach
Marcela Belviso, ARG, from 2000
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Argentina
Location
New Zealand
General Interest
Nicknames
Magcin, Guille (Facebook profile, 11 Jul 2015; IPC, 29 Sep 2009)
Most influential person in career
His family and his first swimming teacher. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sacrifice, perseverance and guts make a champion. What is important is not success, but to do everything you can do to deserve it." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015; IPC, 29 Sep 2009)
Awards and honours
He was Argentina's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)

He has been bestowed with numerous honours by the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, including the Silver Jorge Newbery Award in 2002, 2005 and 2008. (fundaciongmarro.org.au, 29 Sep 2009)
Impairment
He has congenital arthrogryposis with misalignment of the hip. The condition only affects his lower body and gives him limited movement in the joints of his legs. (diariobuenosaires.com.ar, 10 Sep 2008; sitioriverplatense.com.au, 30 Sep 2009)
Other information
CHANNEL CROSSING
In July 2014 he successfully swam across the English Channel, becoming the first Argentinian swimmer with an impairment to do so. (diamantesbrutos.com.ar, 04 Jul 2014)

OCCUPATION
He works as a coordinator at the government office in Pergamino, Argentina. (Facebook profile, 27 Apr 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He serves as president of the Guillermo Marro Foundation, an organisation he set up to promote elite sport and develop elite athletes, both with and without impairments. (Twitter profile, 01 May 2016; fundacionguillermomarro.org, 25 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2000 100m Backstroke S7 1:17.97 
2 2004 100m Backstroke S7 1:16.98
3 2008 100m Backstroke S7 1:15.17
5 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:14.19
8 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:17.62
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2003 50m Freestyle S7 33.92
1 2003 100m Backstroke S7 1:19.05
2 2003 50m Butterfly S7 39.81
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 100m Backstroke S7 1:17.71
13 2006 50m Freestyle S7 35.82
2 2006 100m Backstroke S7 1:17.02
6 2010 100m Backstroke S7 1:17.05
6 2013 100m Backstroke S7 1:16.05
6 2015 100m Backstroke S7 1:17.58
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:22.55