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Rodrigo Santillan

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S2

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven. In 2018 he took up competitive Para swimming with the Peruvian National Paralympic Association [ANPP].
Why this sport?
"I chose [swimming] because I feel free in the water. I like swimming and I like to take my marks."
Name of coach
Ivan Reyes [national], CUB
Training Regime
He trains at the Aquatic Centre of the National Sports Village [VIDENA] in Lima, Peru.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Peru
Location
Brazil

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, playing video games. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing eighth in the men's S2 100m backstroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (revistasudor.com, 12 Nov 2021)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Peruvian swimmer Jimmy Euler, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; Sin Barreras TV Peru, 04 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no limits." (Sin Barreras TV Peru, 04 Apr 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in boccia, and won the BC4 category at the 2018 Metropolitan Championships in Lima, Peru. (anpperu.org, 02 Oct 2018; Facebook profile, 30 Sep 2018)
Milestones
At age 14 years and 198 days at the opening ceremony, he was the youngest athlete to represent Peru in any sport at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (triangulodeportivo.com, 04 Jun 2020; lima2019.pe, 27 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (revistasudor.com, 12 Nov 2021)
Impairment
He has demyelinating polyneuropathy, a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system. (Sin Barreras TV Peru, 04 Apr 2019)