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Xavier Torres

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Palma de Mallorca, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Teaching - University of the Balearic Islands: Palma de Mallorca, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 13 at the Son Moix Sport Complex in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport for therapy and rehabilitation.
Club / Team
CN Pozuelo: Spain

International debut

Year
1991
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championship
Location
Barcelona, ESP

General interest

Nicknames
Xavi. (Twitter profile, 12 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Swimming in the sea, travelling, cycling, scuba diving, photography, watching films, listening to music, reading, learning languages. (Facebook page, 19 May 2022; tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the men's S1-6 4x50m freestyle relay at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona to claim his first Paralympic gold medal. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Aug 2021; tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Maria Castaner. (Instagram profile, 04 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Spanish cyclist Miguel Indurain. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Before a race, I always do everything in the same order, from the time that I start warming up until the moment I put on my swimsuit to compete. It even includes things like when I put my glasses in my pocket." (tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is like a mirror. If you smile at it, it will smile at you back." (Twitter profile, 12 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2009 he was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit by the Spanish High Council of Sports. (wangconnection.com, 29 Oct 2014)
Milestones
He became the first male athlete representing Spain in any sport to win 16 Paralympic medals when he won silver in the SM4 150m individual medley at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. His tally was equalled by fellow Para swimmers Richard Oribe and Sebastian Rodriguez at the 2012 Games in London, but had not been surpassed by any male athlete prior to the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Aug 2021; tododisca.com, 02 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (Instagram profile, 27 Apr 2022)
Impairment
He has a congenital amputation of his arms and legs. (xavitorres.com, 27 Jul 2010)
Other information
COMEBACK FROM RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive swimming after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and decided to focus on coaching, becoming an assistant for the Spanish team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I stopped competing because I suffered a lot physically during that 2012 Paralympic cycle. But I cannot go two days without getting into the pool. I need to swim for health reasons." In February 2020 he decided to attempt to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and would go on to compete in three events at the Games. He said his performances in Tokyo exceeded his expectations, and in September 2021 said he had not ruled out competing at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. "The cycle to Paris is short for those who are 20 years old, for those who are 47 like me it is not so short. But when things turn out like this, obviously you are more excited and more motivated, although I will go little by little. I have never stopped swimming and I will never stop doing it, but to continue competing, we will see.” (sport.es, 03 Sep 2021; marca.com, 14 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 14 Jul 2021; diariodemallorca.es, 14 Jul 2021)

BOOK
His life story was told in a biography 'Sin Miedo a Caerme' [Without Fear of Falling], written by Spanish journalist Gabriel Forteza in 2019. The book won the 2020 Juan Palau Prize for Literature from the Spanish Federation of Sports for People with Physical Disabilities [FEDDF]. (diariodemallorca.es, 18 Jun 2020; marca.com, 12 Mar 2019; Twitter profile, 12 Mar 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 15
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 6
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heats 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heats 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 9
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 2012-09-02 2