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DELGADO NADAL Maria
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Spain   
GenderWomen
Age21
Place of BirthZaragoza, ESP
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Madrid, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education, Sports Science - Polytechnic University of Madrid: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learnt to swim at age three.
Why this sport?
"I had so much fun and loved being in the water. It is the sport I enjoyed the most."
Club / Team
Stadium Casablanca: Zaragoza, ESP
Name of coach
Jose Luis Vaquero, ESP, from 2017
Training Regime
She trains for up to seven hours a day, six days a week. She does her sessions at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Madrid, Spain.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Montreal, QC, CAN
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jose Luis Vaquero. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Enjoy and have fun." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received a special acknowledgement during the Sports Gala ceremony of the city of Zaragoza, Spain. (zaragoza.es, 02 Feb 2018; zaragozadeporte.com, 02 Feb 2018)

In 2016 she received the Bronze Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit in Spain. (paralimpicos.es, 15 Nov 2016)

In 2016 she received the Diploma of Sports Merit from the city of Zaragoza, Spain. (heraldo.es, 26 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2016)
Impairment
She was born with congenital toxoplasmosis. The condition means she only has peripheral vision. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; aragua.es, 04 Jul 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:08.76
9 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:52.71 
3 2016 100m Backstroke S12 1:12.73
3 2016 50m Freestyle S12 29.03 
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013 100m Freestyle S12 1:09.37
4 2013 100m Butterfly S12 1:12.42
6 2013 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:56.25
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S12 31.90
6 2013 100m Backstroke S12 1:21.60
Heats 2015 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:43.31
3 2015 100m Backstroke S12 1:14.51
8 2015 400m Freestyle S13 5:16.32
4 2015 50m Freestyle S12 29.32
4 2015 100m Butterfly S13 1:08.69
3 2017 100m Freestyle S12 1:05.42
2 2017 50m Freestyle S12 29.34
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 100m Backstroke S12 1:17.90
3 2014 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:44.97
3 2014 100m Butterfly S12 1:11.13
6 2014 100m Freestyle S12 1:05.04
4 2014 400m Freestyle S12 5:06.86
7 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:09.12
4 2016 50m Freestyle S12 29.28
7 2016 100m Freestyle S13 1:03.08
5 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:50.31
4 2016 100m Backstroke S12 1:16.27
7 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:45.14
4 2018 50m Freestyle S12 29.22
2 2018 100m Backstroke S12 1:13.04
2 2018 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 4:03.58
4 2018 100m Freestyle S12 1:02.56
2 2018 100m Butterfly S12 1:08.34