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Inigo Llopis Sanz

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
San Sebastián, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Basque, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2009 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up swimming as therapy after breaking his impaired leg while playing football. "At first I didn't like swimming but I listened to my parents, I only went with the idea of ??improving my mobility and recovering. One day I participated in a school championship in Spain and I liked it. I began to take it more seriously, I was hooked and I have not come out of the water again."
Club / Team
Konporta KE: San Sebastián, ESP

General interest

Hobbies
Football. (ondacero.es, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S8 100m backstroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ondacero.es, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His father. (diariovasco.com, 26 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para swimmer Richard Oribe. (olympics.com, 05 Oct 2021; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Injuries
In May 2019 he sustained an injury to his arm that limited his preparation for the Spanish national championships. (diariovasco.com, 06 Jul 2019)

In June 2017 he underwent surgery on his right knee to treat damaged ligaments and a displaced patella. He could not compete for 18 months. (dxtadaptado.com, 09 Feb 2020; eitb.eus, 19 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have an impairment, sport is an escape route to do something and a tool for integration." (diariovasco.com, 26 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2021 Male Para Athlete of the Year in the Gipuzkoa province of Spain by the Diario Vasco newspaper. (diariovasco.com, 25 Apr 2022)

In May 2021 he was honoured by the City Council of San Sebastian in Spain. (diariovasco.com, 27 May 2021)

In February 2020, he was among the winners in the Best Athlete category at the Effort Awards Gala held by website dxtadaptado.com, which promotes and reports on Para sport. (paralimpicos.es, 06 Feb 2020; as.com, 03 Feb 2020; dxtadaptado.com, 03 Feb 2020)

He received the 2015 Outstanding Athlete award in San Sebastian, Spain. (diariovasco.com, 17 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
His father Luis Llopis has served as a goalkeeping coach for Spanish football clubs Real Madrid and Real Sociedad. (olympics.com, 05 Oct 2021; football-espana.net, 03 Jul 2021; diariovasco.com, 26 Sep 2018; elespanol.com, 25 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (diariovasco.com, 25 Apr 2022)
Impairment
He was born with a shortened femur bone in one of his legs, and a shortened right arm. (olympics.com, 05 Oct 2021; eitb.eus, 19 Sep 2017)
Other information
FURTHER STUDIES
He has studied for a qualification in football coaching. "It is my other passion and so far, I can combine both sport and studies with ease." (diariovasco.com, 31 Jan 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-11 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-16 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 6