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Jacobo Garrido Brun

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Barcelona, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming when he was six months old in A Coruna, Spain. He took up competitive sport in 2008.
Why this sport?
He entered the sport on a medical recommendation.
Club / Team
CN Liceo: A Coruña, ESP
Name of coach
Jaume Marce Gil [personal], ESP
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Sant Cugat, Spain.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Spain
Location
Croatia

General interest

Nicknames
Jaco (farodevigo.es, 22 Jun 2018)
Hobbies
Playing football, playing video games, supporting football clubs FC Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna. (crtvg.es, 02 Feb 2020; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; paralimpicos.es, 26 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S9 400m freestyle at 2019 World Championships in London, England. (crtvg.es, 02 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jesus de la Fuente. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He underwent hip surgery in October 2017 after his impairment worsened, creating a hip deviation. (laopinioncoruna.es, 20 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The more I swim, the better I feel, it makes me more competitive. Perseverance is not my strongest suit, there are times when I don't feel like training, but I can't fail if I want to be up there with the best." (tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 01 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours
He received the 2020 Juan Palau award for Best Athlete from the Spanish Sports Federation for Persons with Physical Disabilities [FEDDF]. The award recognised him as the best Para athlete in Spain in 2019. (europapress.es, 16 Jun 2020; efe.com, 17 Jun 2020)

He was named 2019 Para Athlete of the Year in A Coruna, Spain. (laopinioncoruna.es, 04 Dec 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied swimming at national level in Spain. (jacobogarrido.es, 18 Jun 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralimpicos.es, 26 Feb 2021)
Impairment
He was born with fibula agenesis, resulting in his right leg being shorter than the left. At age five he underwent surgery to remove his fibula, and at age seven he had his hip reconstructed. At age eight he underwent surgery again to correct a problem where his hip kept dislocating. (laopinioncoruna.es, 11 Dec 2015)
Other information
TRAINING BASE
In September 2020 he left his hometown of A Coruna, Spain, to train at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Sant Cugat, near Barcelona. He says he was able to adapt quickly following the move. "I had already been training at my swimming club, Liceo, for 11 years with Jesus de la Fuente, my former coach, and I saw the need to make a change. I thought moving was going to hit me a little more, especially the change from being with my family every day to not seeing them for three months. I lowered the training load a lot with respect to what I had been doing at Liceo, but now I pay more attention to power and speed, which was what I needed to improve." (paralimpicos.es, 26 Feb 2021)

STUDIES
He decided to combine his studies and training ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I know that due to my training I will miss a lot of lessons and that means having to study even more, but even though this year [2020] I will focus a little more on swimming than on studying, I will still try to do both things. I am lucky enough that the teachers in my school, where I have been for the last 15 years, understand my situation and help me a lot with the schedule. Since I was little they taught me that I could not focus only on swimming, but that I also had to be studying something." (laopinioncoruna.es, 24 Jan 2020; liceolapaz.com, 27 Aug 2020; paralimpicos.es, 26 Feb 2021)