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Diego Lopez Diaz

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3

Further personal information

Residence
Xalapa, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Sports Management - Anahuac University: Mexico City, MEX

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1998 in Xalapa, Mexico.
Why this sport?
His parents both studied physical education and enjoyed sport, so he was encouraged to be active from a young age.
Club / Team
Veracruz State: Mexico
Name of coach
Fernando Gutierrez Velez [national], MEX
Training Regime
He trains at the Mexican National Paralympic Training Centre [CEPAMEX] in Mexico City.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Mexico
Location
United States

General interest

Nicknames
The Missile (esto.com.mx, 29 Jun 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fifth in the S5 50m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para swimmer Arnulfo Castorena. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a fractured finger during the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He competed with the injury at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (xalapa.gob.mx, 30 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing something that you were told you were not capable of." (Twitter profile, 26 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He received the 2019 National Sports Award in recognition of his achievements at the 2019 World Championships in London, England, and the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (veracruz.gob.mx, 08 Nov 2019)

In 2018 he received the Veracruz State Sports Award in Mexico. (eldemocrata.com, 27 Dec 2018; masnoticias.mx, 22 Nov 2018)

He received the 2017 Veracruz State Youth Award in Mexico. (Facebook profile, 30 Aug 2018)

In 2017 a sports centre was named in his honour in Xalapa, Mexico. (dpoderapoder.mx, 14 Apr 2017; Comunicacion Social Xalapa YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2017)
Impairment
At age eight he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system. (estema.com.mx, 04 Mar 2016)
Other information
COMPETING WITH INJURY
During the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, he fractured a finger on his right hand after hitting the wall too hard. He continued competing at the event, and then went on to claim three medals with his finger in a splint at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. "Doctors said I could not compete, but I wanted to finish the world championships. I swam my last event anyway and finished eighth. I put up with the pain because pain is temporary, but glory is eternal. Once I was standing on the podium [in Toronto] I forgot all the pain." (xalapa.gob.mx, 30 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2015-07-13 8
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 8
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-15 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-17 10
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-19 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-08 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-12 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2016-09-16 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2016-09-16 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-17 7
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Intermediate Time 2017-12-04 9999
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Intermediate Time 2017-12-04 9999
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 2 2017-12-05 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2017-12-06 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-06 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 3