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Ricardo Ten

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
C1

Further personal information

Family
Wife Sonia, children Toni and Silvia
Residence
Valencia, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para cycling in 2016.
Why this sport?
He used to ride bicycles before his accident. Three months after his amputations he was back on a bike that had been adapted by his father and his brother. "It was like tearing down a wall. I realised I could accomplish anything that I wanted, and also learnt to face challenges in a positive way."
Club / Team
CD Aquatic Campanar: Valencia, ESP
Name of coach
Eloy Izquierdo [club]

General interest

Nicknames
Richard (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2000 and 2008. (marca.com, 08 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family and friends. (elespanol.com, 10 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
US motorcycle racer Kevin Schwantz. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Injuries
He dislocated his shoulder in February 2020 after he was involved in a crash while training in Sierra Nevada, Spain. He returned to training in March 2020. (efe.com, 02 Jun 2020; elconfidencial.com, 24 Mar 2020)

He damaged the cartilage in his hip joint in December 2015. He recovered fully from the injury in March 2017. (yosoynoticia.es, 04 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The most important thing is our attitude when we face difficulties." (kurere.org, 02 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Merit from the Spanish government. He had presented with the Silver Medal of the Royal Order of Merit in 2009. (ciclo21.com, 21 Nov 2019; ricardoten.net, 15 May 2019)

In 2019 he was named Best Para Cyclist in the C classification by the International Cycling Union [UCI]. (ciclo21.com, 22 Oct 2019)

In 2009 he received the City of Valencia Sports Merit Award in Spain. (ricardoten.net, 15 May 2019)

In 2008 he was named the Para Athlete of the Year at the Nostresport Awards in Spain. (telefonicaabilityawards.com, 16 Aug 2012)

A sports hall in Benimamet, Spain, was named after him in 2002. (ricardoten.net, 15 May 2019)

In 1997 he was named Para Athlete of the Year in Paterna, Spain. (ricardoten.net, 15 May 2019)
Other sports
He represented Spain in swimming in five Paralympic Games, claiming three gold medals. He has been crowned world champion in both Para road cycling and Para track cycling, and has also competed in Para alpine skiing at the 2004 World Championships in Wildschonau, Austria. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Jun 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mundodeportivo.com, 03 Dec 2019)
Impairment
His arms and his left leg were amputated at age eight after he sustained burns to 75% of his body due to an accident with high-voltage power lines. (marca.com, 16 Sep 2019; kurere.org, 02 Apr 2018)
Other information
CHANGE OF SPORT
He competed in international Para swimming for more than 20 years, representing Spain at five editions of the Paralympic Games from 1996 to 2016. Then, in 2017 he tried Para alpine skiing and Para table tennis before deciding to focus on Para cycling. "I tried them only to have fun. I've always considered myself an agile and skilled person. Swimming taught me how to suffer in training. The bike was not unknown to me so it took less time [to adapt]." (elespanol.com, 10 Aug 2019; marca.com, 28 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 9
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 11
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 9
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley S1-6 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heats 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 9999
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle Open Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Medley Open Final Round 3
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Medley SM5 Final Round 9999
Men's 200 m Medley SM5 Heat 2 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2012-09-04 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2012-09-06 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2012-09-07 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2012-09-07 8
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2013-08-12 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2013-08-12 8
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2013-08-14 5
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2013-08-15 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2013-08-15 7
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 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2015-07-13 17
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2015-07-16 10
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2015-07-18 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2016-09-11 5