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Lawrence Sapp



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Waldorf, MD, USA
Higher education
Architecture - University of Cincinnati: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His mother, Dee, and her husband, Carlton, took him to a summer swim club at age four and noticed he had a talent for the sport. In 2016 his mother initially ignored a letter from the US Paralympic swimming team regarding the possibility of him taking part in Para swimming, but agreed for him to try out at a meet a month later.
Why this sport?
"As I got older, I got better at competing. I started meeting new people and I was able to start travelling. It is something that I am good at. In a lot of other sports, if the coach doesn't put you in, then you don't get to play and only certain players get to shine. In swimming, the strokes are the same for everyone and the rules are the same for everyone. You get to sign up for what you want to swim and then do your best."
Club / Team
Nation's Capital Swim Club [NCAP]: Alexandria, VA, USA
Name of coach
Jeff King [club]
Training Regime
He trains six days a week.

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

Larry (, 11 Oct 2016)
Building Lego, video games, action movies, collecting swim caps from his meets, watching TV, playing football, running, travelling. (, 01 Jan 2018, 01 Dec 2020; Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the S14 100m butterfly at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (, 30 Sep 2020; Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Jeff King. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017, 22 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressel. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017, 22 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He likes to eat sub sandwiches and spaghetti before meets. (, 01 Oct 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm proud to stand, in my whole entire life, for swimming dreams. I'm going to do great things to reach my goals, to be the best. I always work hard in practice and swim hard." (Instagram profile, 11 Feb 2021)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and compete at the 2024, 2028 and 2032 Paralympic Games. He also aspires to work as an architectural engineer. (, 01 Dec 2020;, 30 Sep 2020; Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
He was first diagnosed with an intellectual impairment at age two and later again at age 12. He was diagnosed with autism in high school. (, 01 Jan 2018;, 01 Dec 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2017-12-04 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S14 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S14 Heat 1 2017-12-07 3