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Carlos Martinez Fernandez

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Pozuelo, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004 in Pozuelo, Spain, through the city council's Adapted Aquatic Activity Service.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged him to start swimming following his accident. "Swimming really wasn't my favourite sport, and I started as part of my post-accident rehab. That was an opportunity to learn about competitive swimming and I joined the club in Pozuelo. When I started to stand out, I found that I loved winning and that I excelled at swimming, which definitely hooked me."
Club / Team
CN Pozuelo: Madrid, ESP
Training Regime
"We train from Monday to Saturday, doing one or two swimming sessions of about two hours every day, in addition to a little over an hour that we dedicate to working out in the gym."

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Spain
Location
Portugal

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, spending time with friends. (blog.wellrespect.es, 25 Jun 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Dario Carreras. (pozueloin.es, 24 Feb 2022; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para swimmer Xavi Torres. (pozueloin.es, 24 Feb 2022)
Injuries
He was sidelined following the September 2019 World Championships in London, England, due to illness. He returned to competition in December 2019. (dxtadaptado.com, 15 Dec 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Over time I have learned that the key to preparation is in the rest of the hours you are not training. We have to eat well, rest, sleep properly, do psychological work, in my case meditation, work with physiotherapists, and enjoy my colleagues and my team." (blog.wellrespect.es, 25 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2022, the El Torreon swimming pool in Pozuelo, Spain, was renamed in his honour. (pozuelodealarcon.org, 24 Feb 2022)

In 2019 he was named Best Male Athlete in Pozuelo, Spain. He was also named Sports Promise of the Year in Pozuelo in 2016, and Best Para Athlete in 2015. (pozueloin.es, 16 Dec 2019; pozuelodealarcon.org, 30 Apr 2016; pozuelodealarcon.org, 29 Jul 2015)

In 2018 he was named Most Promising Para Athlete in Madrid, Spain. (pozueloin.es, 16 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (diariodepozuelo.es, 14 Sep 2021)
Impairment
At age four he was involved in a traffic accident, which resulted in the amputation of his right arm above the elbow. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018, 03 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 2017-12-05 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2017-12-05 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2017-12-06 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2017-12-06 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2017-12-07 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2017-12-07 5