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Sarai Gascon

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Partner Jose Antonio Mari-Alcaraz
Residence
Terrassa, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Education - Catholic University of Murcia [UCAM]: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three at a club in Terrassa, Spain, and started competing at junior international level at age nine.
Why this sport?
Coaches saw her swimming and suggested she became involved in competition. "I have loved the water so much since I was a child."
Club / Team
Universidad Catolica de Murcia [UCAM]: Spain
Name of coach
Miguel Vazquez Calvo [personal], from 2016
Training Regime
She trains four hours a day at the High Performance Centre in Sant Cugat, Spain.

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Spain
Location
Portugal

General interest

Hobbies
Watching films, going to the beach, making gel and acrylic nails, designing her own bikinis. (dxtadaptado.com, 09 Sep 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming silver in the SB9 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, securing three silver medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning three gold medals at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
South African Para swimmer Natalie du Toit. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Barriers are in the mind." (mujerydeporte.practicodeporte.com, 20 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 and 2019 she received an Admiral Award for Para Athlete of the Year. The honour is presented by Go Sharing Dreams, an athlete funding project in Spain. (laverdad.es, 29 Jan 2020; nataccion.com, 10 Jan 2019)

She was one of the recipients of the 2017 Athlete of the Year award at the National Sports Gala by the Spanish Association of Sports Press. (aepde.org, 20 Feb 2018)

She received an award from the Catalonian Swimming Federation in Spain in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (eurosport.es, 18 May 2017)

In 2015 the Higher Sports Council [CSD] in Spain granted her membership of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit in the gold medal category. (paralimpicos.es, 29 Jul 2015)

She was named the 2012 Athlete of the Year in Terrassa, Spain. (dxtadaptado.com, 21 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
Her partner Jose Antonio Mari-Alcaraz has represented Spain in Para swimming, and competed at three consecutive Paralympic Games between 2008 and 2016, winning bronze in the S9 50m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London. (dxtadaptado.com, 02 Sep 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (mundodeportivo.com, 21 Nov 2017)
Impairment
She was born without her left forearm [hemimelia]. (20minutos.es, 10 Sep 2008; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Other information
EARTHQUAKE EXPERIENCE
In September 2017 she was in Mexico City, Mexico, when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck. She was training at the Mexican Paralympic Centre [CEPAMEX] along with her national teammate Jose Antonio Mari-Alcaraz and their coach Miguel Vazquez Calvo ahead of the 2017 World Championships, which were rescheduled for a later date following the earthquake. "Everything moved from one side to the other. We could not walk. The floor was shaking and people were crying and screaming on the street. I could not sleep that night, afraid of an aftershock. It was something that I will never forget." (marca.com, 21 Sep 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 9999
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2012-08-30 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2012-08-30 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-03 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-05 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-05 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2012-09-06 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2012-09-06 6
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-07 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-07 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-07 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2012-09-08 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2012-09-08 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-12 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-13 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2013-08-14 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final 1 2013-08-14 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2013-08-17 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2013-08-17 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-14 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-16 3
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-16 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2015-07-17 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2015-07-19 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2015-07-19 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 3 2016-09-11 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-12 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-13 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 2016-09-15 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2017-12-06 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-07 5