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LÓPEZ Diego
Sport Para swimming
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthXalapa, MEX
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Sports Management - Anahuac University: Mexico City, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1998 in Xalapa, Mexico.
Why this sport?
His parents both studied physical education and enjoyed sport, so he was encouraged to be active from a young age.
Club / Team
Veracruz State: Mexico
Name of coach
Fernando Gutierrez Velez [national], MEX
Training Regime
He trains at the Mexican National Paralympic Training Centre [CEPAMEX] in Mexico City.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Mexico
Location
United States
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fifth in the S5 50m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (estema.com.mx, 04 Mar 2016)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para swimmer Arnulfo Castorena. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a fractured finger during the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He competed with the injury at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (xalapa.gob.mx, 30 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing something that you were told you were not capable of." (Twitter profile, 26 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He received the 2019 National Sports Award in recognition of his achievements at the 2019 World Championships in London, England, and the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (veracruz.gob.mx, 08 Nov 2019)

In 2018 he received the Veracruz State Sports Award in Mexico. (eldemocrata.com, 27 Dec 2018; masnoticias.mx, 22 Nov 2018)

He received the 2017 Veracruz State Youth Award in Mexico. (Facebook profile, 30 Aug 2018)

In 2017 a sports centre was named in his honour in Xalapa, Mexico. (dpoderapoder.mx, 14 Apr 2017; Comunicacion Social Xalapa YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2017)
Impairment
At age eight he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system. (estema.com.mx, 04 Mar 2016)
Other information
COMPETING WITH INJURY
During the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, he fractured a finger on his right hand after hitting the wall too hard. He continued competing at the event, and then went on to claim three medals with his finger in a splint at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. "Doctors said I could not compete, but I wanted to finish the world championships. I swam my last event anyway and finished eighth. I put up with the pain because pain is temporary, but glory is eternal. Once I was standing on the podium [in Toronto] I forgot all the pain." (xalapa.gob.mx, 30 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:59.82
15 2016 50m Freestyle S5 41.22 
5 2016 50m Backstroke S5 40.26 
13 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:27.89 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 100m Freestyle S3 1:35.84
1 2019 200m Freestyle S3 3:40.78
1 2019 150m Individual Medley SM3 2:57.50
5 2019 50m Butterfly S4  DSQ
1 2019 50m Freestyle S3 47.11
1 2019 50m Backstroke S3 45.06
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 50m Backstroke S5 43.45
8 2015 200m Freestyle S5 2:59.49
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S5 38.48
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.83
1 2017 50m Backstroke S3 46.38
2 2017 200m Freestyle S3 3:19.85
5 2017 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:28.06
2 2017 50m Freestyle S3 39.70
3 2017 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:44.63
1 2019 50m Backstroke S3 44.42
1 2019 50m Freestyle S3 43.51
1 2019 150m Individual Medley SM3 2:57.61
1 2019 200m Freestyle S3 3:21.69