Gustavo Sanchez3 May 1994 Mexico
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships: Bronze - 200m freestyle
- 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships: Gold - 200m freestyle; Silver - 50m freestyle; Bronze - 50m backstroke and butterfly, 100m freestyle
- London 2012 Paralympic Games: Gold - 100m and 200m freestyle; Silver - 150m individual medley; Bronze - 50m backstroke
- 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships: Bronze – 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle
Seventies rock fan Gustavo Sanchez was the top performing Mexican male Para swimmer at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships, winning five out of the six medals his country’s men secured in Montreal, Canada.
With a raft of Americas records to his name, he is also one of the most prolific Para swimmers in the region.
Born with a congenital limb deficiency, Sanchez began Para swimming at the age of seven.
His first World Championships were in the same year as his international debut (2010) where he quickly made his mark with three bronze medals in freestyle S4 events.
From there Sanchez progressed, winning four medals – two gold – at his home 2011 Para Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
By the time London 2012 came around, the then 18-year-old was ready for the biggest competition of his life and delivered two golds, one silver and one bronze in front of thousands at the Aquatics Centre.
A 200m freestyle specialist, Sanchez was again the best performer in his team and as a result was awarded the 2012 National Sport Award in the Paralympic athlete category by the Mexican Olympic Committee.
He enjoys sushi, science fiction and video games and believes that “everything you want, you will get if you want it hard enough.”
In 2015, once again at the Worlds, the field had got even deeper. South Korea's Giseong Jo burst onto the scene to win two titles, including the 200m freestyle.
But Sanchez proved his podium potential once again, claiming bronze in his favourite 200m freestyle. In 2017, he will have the chance to go for medals in his home country when the World Para Swimming Championships roll into Mexico City from 30 September. Sanchez will be looking to give Mexico something to cheer about as one of his country's brightest hopes.
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