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Miroslav Smrcka

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Ústí nad Labem, CZE
Languages
Czech, English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Charles University: Prague, CZE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1969 at age six in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. He took up Para swimming in 2014.
Why this sport?
"As I child I was a talented swimmer. After my impairment I took up swimming again. I wanted to change my lifestyle and not think about my lack of vision but think about sport instead.
Club / Team
ASK Lovosice: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Petr Budinsky [personal], CZE, from 2014

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Czech Republic

General interest

Nicknames
Mirek (mireksmrcka.cz, 15 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing seventh in the S11 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Petr Budinsky. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Bradley Snyder. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied swimming for Czechoslovakia and later for the Czech Republic. (mireksmrcka.cz, 15 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ustecky.denik.cz, 05 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He lost his sight in 2011. (mireksmrcka.cz, 15 Mar 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-13 10
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final 1 2015-07-15 9999
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-17 11
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2015-07-18 8
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2015-07-18 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 2016-09-09 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-12 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2016-09-13 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2016-09-13 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-15 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2016-09-15 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2017-12-06 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-07 4