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Lorenzo Albaladejo Martinez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Residence
Murcia, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Psychology, Sports Science - Catholic University of Murcia [UCAM]: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 18 in Murcia, Spain.
Why this sport?
"I love sports and I wanted to test my abilities in athletics."
Club / Team
AD Marathon: Madrid, ESP

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stadskanaal, NED

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, listening to music, boxing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T38 400m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany and reaching two finals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, Spanish footballer Andres Iniesta. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a fractured vertebrae in 2013 and required one year to recover. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He takes a walk before competitions and listens to music. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard things must be done, impossible things must be tried. Dreams become true if you fight for them." (lorenzoalbaladejo.com, 30 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Gervasio Cruz Soria Award as the Best Para Athlete of the Year from the Association of Parents and Friends of People with Intellectual Impairments of Cuenca [ASPADEC] in Spain. (eldeporteconquense.com, 08 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To win medals at the Paralympic Games and the world championships. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy as the result of hypoxia [a lack of oxygen at birth]. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
INTENSIVE CARE
In August 2020 he spent one week in a hospital intensive care unit due to lung problems caused by pneumonia. He did not compete for the rest of that year. (Instagram profile, 12 Jan 2021; Facebook profile, 14 Sep 2020; marca.com, 20 Aug 2020)

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN
In 2018 he launched the Sports v Bullying campaign with former Spanish boxer Jero Garcia. The initiative aims to prevent violence and social exclusion through sport. "Something sport has that is fantastic is a lack of labels, which unfortunately still exist in society. In sport they don't notice if you're tall or short, black or white, rich or poor. When the race starts, whoever reaches the finish line first, wins. The whistle blows and whoever scores more goals wins. In the end, those who work harder win, or who have talent win or who better themselves win. And winning isn't just having the best time or best game, winning is going out on the field with the feeling that you are better than you were." (wats.team, 24 Jan 2020; Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; laverdad.es, 21 Dec 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In March 2021 he was re-elected as president of the Spanish Paralympic Committee Sports Council, a position that he had filled from February 2020. He has also written columns for several websites, worked as an editor for Run Online, been a host on Murcia's regional television network and attended engagements as a public speaker. (LinkedIn profile, 12 Mar 2021; paralimpicos.es, 03 Mar 2021; paralimpicos.es, 14 Feb 2020; lorenzoalbaladejo.com, 30 Apr 2018; kurere.org, 22 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T38 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 2 2012-09-07 5
Men's 200 m T38 Final Round 2012-09-08 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T38 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-29 4
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 2 2015-10-30 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 1 2017-07-17 10
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 2 2017-07-21 10
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 6