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Miguel Angel Martinez Tajuelo

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S3, SB3, SM3

Further personal information

Family
Partner Monica Ovalle
Residence
Andújar, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration, Coaching, Management - Professional Schools of the Sagrada Familia: Jaén, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2006 in Andujar, Spain.
Why this sport?
He initially got involved in swimming as a hobby. He then met coach Esperanza Jaqueti Peinado and started taking the sport seriously.
Club / Team
Club Fidias Deporte Inclusivo: Córdoba, ESP
Name of coach
Esperanza Jaqueti Peinado [club], ESP
Training Regime
He trains six days a week, with double sessions three times per week. He trains in Andujar, Spain, for the majority of the year and in Cordoba, Spain, during the northern hemisphere summer months.

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Spain
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (muchodeporte.com, 30 Dec 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (lafuentezuela.com, 07 Feb 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Esperanza Jaqueti Peinado. (muchodeporte.com, 30 Dec 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, Spanish Para swimmer and Para cyclist Ricardo Ten. (muchodeporte.com, 30 Dec 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it." (Twitter profile, 20 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received a Special Award at the Sports and Culture Gala organised by the Vilches City Council in Spain. (miguelangel-martinez.com, 22 Dec 2021)

He received the Sport Award at the 2021 Jaen en Positivo awards from Spanish radio station COPE Jaen. That year, he also received a Constitutional Award from the Spanish Government Sub-Delegation in Jaen for his promotion of Para swimming and social inclusion. (miguelangel-martinez.com, 22 Dec 2021, 06 Dec 2021; cope.es, 20 Dec 2021; cadenaser.com, 03 Dec 2021)

In 2019 he received an acknowledgement from the city of Cazorla, Spain, for his sporting achievements. (miguelangel-martinez.com, 16 Feb 2019)

In 2018 he received the flag of the city of Andujar, Spain, as an acknowledgement of his sporting career. (miguelangel-martinez.com, 25 May 2018)

He was named the 2014/15 Male Athlete of the Year by the Andalusian Federation of Sports for the Physically Disabled in Spain. (miguelangel-martinez.com, 19 Feb 2016)
Impairment
He has arthrogryposis, a condition which causes congenital joint contractures in two or more areas of the body. "I underwent around nine surgeries that helped me so much. Also physiotherapy. But what has helped me the most is swimming." (marca.com, 30 Jun 2020; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; miguelangel-martinez.com, 22 May 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has designed his own line of swimsuits named 'Tajuelo'. (dxtadaptado.com, 07 Jul 2016)

FURTHER STUDIES
He has studied for a degree in sports with a specialisation in swimming from the Castile-La Mancha University in Toledo, Spain. He is also a certified swimming coach with the Spanish Swimming Federation. (miguelangel-martinez.com, 28 Jun 2020; Facebook profile, 13 Nov 2020)

OTHER ROLES
He has served as a member of the Spanish Association of Congenital Multiple Arthrogryposis since its foundation in 2014. "I'm hoping that my story can help other families. A complete and happy life can be lived even with this condition." (marca.com, 30 Jun 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2012-09-08 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2013-08-12 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2013-08-14 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-16 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2015-07-13 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2015-07-16 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-16 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2015-07-18 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2015-07-18 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2016-09-10 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2016-09-10 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2016-09-13 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2016-09-13 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2016-09-15 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2017-12-03 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2017-12-06 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-06 4