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Jose Antonio Mari Alcaraz

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Partner Sarai Gascon
Residence
Barcelona, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Sales, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Barcelona: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learnt how to swim at age three in Valencia, Spain. He took up the sport at age 12 in La Eliana, Spain.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged him to start swimming as therapy for his impairment.
Club / Team
CD Aquatic Campanar: Valencia, ESP
Name of coach
Miguel Vazquez Calvo [personal], ESP, from 2016
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Sant Cugat, Spain.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA

General interest

Hobbies
Watching films, going to the beach, football, basketball. (dxtadaptado.com, 02 Sep 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S9 50m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (dxtadaptado.com, 02 Sep 2019; proyectofer.es, 18 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If the head fails you, everything fails. Fitness is a matter of training. Nerves can make you lose everything." (vivaleliana.com, 23 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Sportsman with a Physical Impairment of the Year at a ceremony in Terrassa, Spain. (rfeh.es, 19 Mar 2018; diarideterrassa.es, 17 Mar 2018)

He was presented with the Medal of the City in Terrassa, Spain, in recognition of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (estoesdxt.es, 03 Jul 2013)
Famous relatives
His partner Sarai Gascon has represented Spain in Para swimming, and competed at three consecutive Paralympic Games between 2008 and 2016, winning five silver medals and one bronze. (dxtadaptado.com, 02 Sep 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (proyectofer.es, 11 Feb 2020)
Impairment
He has functional limitation in his left leg. The impairment is due to a neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affected his spine. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; as.com, 30 Mar 2018)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He is studying for a degree in psychology at the Catholic University of Murcia [UCAM] in Spain. "I apply my knowledge for the sport, both for myself and with [my partner] Sarai Gascon. The psychological part is very important, it does not matter how well prepared you are at a physical level, if you are not mentally prepared, the competition will not go as you expect." (dxtadaptado.com, 02 Sep 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)

EARTHQUAKE EXPERIENCE
In September 2017 he was in Mexico City, Mexico, when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck. He was training at the Mexican Paralympic Centre [CEPAMEX] along with his national teammate Sarai Gascon and their coach Miguel Vazquez Calvo ahead of the 2017 World Championships, which were rescheduled for a later date following the earthquake. "We were in the room when we felt the floor moving. We got out, the corridors moved from one side to the other, the floor and ceiling vibrated a lot. The building did not have major damage but the gymnasium had some cracks and the water drained out of the pool." (marca.com, 21 Sep 2017; superdeporte.es, 20 Sep 2017; ondacero.es, 20 Sep 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 9
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 24
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 9999
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 12
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 6
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2012-08-30 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2012-08-30 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-04 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-04 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-05 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-07 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-13 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-16 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2013-08-17 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2013-08-17 7
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-14 9999
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-18 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-09 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-12 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-13 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2016-09-15 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2017-12-06 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-07 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 2