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SMRCKA Miroslav
Sport Para swimming
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age58
Place of BirthÚstí nad Labem, TCH
Height1.87 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Czech, English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Charles University: Prague, CZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1969 at age six in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. He took up Para swimming in 2014.
Why this sport?
"As I child I was a talented swimmer. After my impairment I took up swimming again. I wanted to change my lifestyle and not think about my lack of vision but think about sport instead.
Club / Team
ASK Lovosice [CZE] / Czech Association of Visually Impaired Athletes [CZE]:
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Nicknames
Mirek (mireksmrcka.cz, 15 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing seventh in the S11 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Petr Budinsky. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Bradley Snyder. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Best Impaired Athlete in the Usti nad Labem region of the Czech Republic. (litomericky.denik.cz, 16 Sep 2020)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied swimming for Czechoslovakia and later for the Czech Republic. (mireksmrcka.cz, 15 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ustecky.denik.cz, 05 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He lost his sight in 2011. (mireksmrcka.cz, 15 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:14.75
7 2016 50m Freestyle S11 28.08 
7 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:21.92 
8 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:02.95
11 2021 100m Backstroke S11 1:15.93
12 2021 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:54.35
10 2021 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:28.29
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S11 1:05.88
  2015 100m Backstroke S11  DSQ
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S11 30.55
7 2015 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:26.42
4 2017 100m Freestyle S11 1:04.08
2 2017 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:23.39
3 2017 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:48.41
4 2017 50m Freestyle S11 28.42
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S11 29.56
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S11 1:13.45
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:24.61
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:46.28
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S11 1:07.08
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:14.64
6 2016 400m Freestyle S11 5:30.24
8 2016 50m Freestyle S11 29.83
7 2016 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:45.76
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:26.43
8 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:04.16
5 2018 50m Freestyle S11 29.29
  2018 100m Breaststroke SB11  DSQ
4 2018 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:42.76
4 2018 100m Freestyle S11 1:04.13
8 2021 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:32.50
10 2021 100m Backstroke S11 1:20.44