Lorenzo Perez Escalona4 February 1986
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Gold: 100m freestyle; Bronze: 400m freestyle
- Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games – Gold: 100m freestyle; 400m freestyle; Silver: 50m freestyle
- London 2012 Paralympic Games – Silver: 50m freestyle; Bronze: 100m breaststroke
- Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games – Gold: 50m freestyle; 100m freestyle; 400m freestyle
Lorenzo Perez Escalona burst onto the swimming international scene in 2011, when he achieved a hat-trick of Parapan American titles in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Perez Escalona did not stop improving until he set a world record in the 100m freestyle S6 with a time of 1:04.60 on his way to gold at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. He went on to seal one more title and one silver.
He reached his peak at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where he won Cuba’s first swimming Paralympic gold after finishing first in the 100m freestyle S6 with a Paralympic record time of 1:04.70. Perez Escalona also added a bronze to his haul in the 400m freestyle S6.
He is hoping to win his maiden world title in 2017, as he competes at the World Championships in Mexico City, from 30 September-7 October.