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Ignacio Avila

Athletics | Cycling
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B2
Guide
Joan Font, from 2013

Further personal information

Family
Wife Emma Perez Serra, one daughter
Residence
Espluges Llobregat, ESP
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
At age 18 he began competing in Para athletics. He took up Para cycling in 2013.
Why this sport?
He has been involved in a number of sports from an early age, including athletics, football, and skateboarding. He took up Para cycling following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, after a hip injury prevented him from competing in Para athletics. "I had 14 years in my career and it was time for a change. Cycling had always drawn my attention."

General interest

Injuries
A hip injury forced him to switch from Para athletics to Para cycling following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He had first experienced problems with the injury in 2011. (Cambrils Park Resort YouTube channel, 19 Sep 2019; diariodeunadeportista.es, 11 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no secret behind my success. It's just hours of hard work." (marca.com, 29 Aug 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit from the Spanish government. (transgesa.com, 16 Mar 2016)
Other sports
He represented Spain in athletics at four consecutive editions of the Paralympic Games between 2000 and 2012, claiming three medals. He competed in road cycling and track cycling at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He has also taken part in the Titan Race, a mountain bike stage race. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jul 2020; Cambrils Park Resort YouTube channel, 19 Sep 2019; esciclismo.com, 03 May 2019)
Famous relatives
His brother Abel represented Spain in athletics at each edition of the Paralympic Games between 2000 and 2012. He won silver in the T12 800m at the 2000 Games in Sydney. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jul 2017; paralimpicos.es, 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Cambrils Park Resort YouTube channel, 19 Sep 2019)
Impairment
He has retinitis pigmentosa, an impairment that gradually narrows the field of vision. He has a 10% vision range. (Cambrils Park Resort YouTube channel, 19 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T12 Heat 4 9999
Men's 200 m T12 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m T12 Heat 3 1
Men's 400 m T12 Heat 1 3
Men's 400 m T12 Final Round 4
Men's 4x400 m T13 Final Round 2
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T12 Final Round 1
Men's 1500 m T12 Heat 2 2
Men's 1500 m T12 Final Round 3
Men's 4x400 m T11-13 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x400 m T11-13 Final Round 1
Men's 800 m T12 Heat 2 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T12 Heat 3 2
Men's 800 m T12 Final Round 4
Men's 1500 m T13 Heat 1 2
Men's 1500 m T13 Final Round 3
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Final Round 6
Men's 400 m T12 Heat 1 4
Men's 800 m T12 Heat 2 3
Men's 800 m T12 Final Round 1
Men's 1500 m T13 Heat 2 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T12 Heat 2 2011-01-24 2
Men's 1500 m T12 Final 2011-01-26 3
Men's 800 m T12 Heat 1 2011-01-28 1
Men's 800 m T12 Final 2011-01-29 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Heat 2 2012-09-02 7
Men's 800 m T12 Heat 1 2012-09-03 3
Men's 1500 m T13 Final Round 2012-09-04 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit B Bronze 2016-09-08 4
Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit B Qualifying 2016-09-08 3
Men's 1000m Time Trial B Final Round 2016-09-11 7
Men's Time Trial B Final Round 2016-09-14 10
Men's Road Race B Final Round 2016-09-17 2