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Sebastian Rodriguez

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Family
One daughter
Residence
Vigo, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming competitively in 1995.
Club / Team
CN Galaico: Pontevedra, ESP
Name of coach
Alejandro Brea Lopez [club], ESP

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Chano (farodevigo.es, 03 Jun 2019)
Hobbies
Sailing. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five gold medals and setting world records at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018, 12 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
All his coaches. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Learn from the past, live the present and work for the future." (elpais.com, 20 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball at club level in Spain. (elconfidencial.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Milestones
He and Spanish Para swimmer Richard Oribe have both won a total of eight gold medals at the Paralympic Games, a record for Spanish Para swimmers at the Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Aug 2019; avilared.com, 29 May 2019; elpais.com, 20 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Mais Que Auga Facebook page, 09 Apr 2019; atlantico.net, 22 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after spending 432 days on hunger strike while in prison. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; abc.es, 01 Sep 2012; guardian.co.uk, 30 Aug 2012)
Other information
VETERAN
He hopes to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when he will be age 63. "Age is not a problem. I still swim in my best times [but] the new generations are better and better prepared, so they swim faster and the entry standards get harder and harder. Besides, the reorganisation of categories has not benefited me at all, as I am still an S5 but will have to compete with swimmers that were S6 or S7, and that is a big difference. I am trying to gain weight in order to be more competitive and have a chance." (Mais Que Auga Facebook page, 09 Apr 2019; atlantico.net, 22 Aug 2018)

IMPAIRMENT HISTORY
He has paraplegia after spending 432 days on hunger strike while in prison. He was given an 84-year sentence for his alleged involvement in the murder of businessman Rafael Padura in 1984. Rodriguez and the gang involved in the murder were members of GRAPO [1st October Anti-Fascist Resistance Group] who, at the time, were listed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union [EU]. He was paroled in 1994, having served 10 years in prison, under a Spanish law that prevents people from being incarcerated while seriously ill. He was officially pardoned by the Spanish government in 2015. (elconfidencial.com, 15 Sep 2016; abc.es, 01 Sep 2012; guardian.co.uk, 30 Aug 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 1
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 4
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 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 3 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2012-08-30 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-08-30 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-01 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-09-01 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2012-09-08 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-08 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-17 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2013-08-18 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-17 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-19 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-19 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-08 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-12 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-17 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2017-12-05 3