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ALMONACID Vicente
Sport Para swimming
NPC Chile   
GenderMen
Age21
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Santiago, CHI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight, and started taking the sport seriously in 2015 at the National Stadium Aquatic Centre in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
He tried a number of sports growing up to help with his rehabilitation. "I have always liked sports very much, and growing up it helped me a lot in my rehabilitation. I did handball, soccer, volleyball, running and skateboarding until I tried swimming. I liked it [swimming] because it is a very different sport from the rest. In 2015 I went to train with the national team and never left."
Name of coach
Cristian Espindola [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Santiago, Chile.
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Chile
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching television series, socialising with friends. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, and competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 26 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jose Nicolas Mafio. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Adam Peaty. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In September 2021 he underwent surgery to remove a mediastinal tumour in his chest. By November 2021 he was back in the pool. (Instagram profile, 10 Sep 2021, 28 Nov 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dreams are made to be real." (Teleton Chile Facebook page, 13 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. (santiago2023.org, 27 Oct 2020)
Impairment
He was born with an aggressive form of fibromatosis, a condition in which tissue in the body develops tumours. The problem affected his left arm from birth, and at age five one of his fingers had to be amputated. In 2012 his lower arm was removed, and he has since lost the rest of his arm as well as his shoulder blade. "I was actually born with my arm, but I had a tumour and due to all the operations I had, treatments and more, I am now without my shoulder. It was not as 100% functional as my other arm, so it was not so difficult for me to learn everything with one hand." (paralimpico.cl, 01 Jun 2020; matiasvsarria.wixsite.com, 26 Dec 2018; paralimpicoschile.com, 14 Dec 2018; Isapre Colmena YouTube channel, 01 Aug 2017)
Other information
TUMOUR
In mid-2021 he was diagnosed with a mediastinal tumour in his chest. He was told it was dangerous to travel to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and had to undergo surgery. However, he opted to go to Japan where he finished eighth in the SB8 100m breaststroke, a result that left him disappointed. "I paid the price that almost no one does for the Games. I was told one month before travelling that I had 6x5 centimetres mediastinal tumour. I had to choose between risking my life and accomplish my dream. It was a big internal fight that almost no one knew about and it ended up affecting me, even if I did not want it to. There were days that I did not want to train, I was in rage and uncertainty. I bet on my dream. The Games are something so big that you only realise about it once being there. Living this five-year process was the most beautiful moment I have ever experienced. I feel proud of myself as a person. Nobody will ever take my dreams away from me and I will always fight because I live to be happy and these last years I have been happier than ever. Now I just have to overcome this sour moment and keep on going, because life is unfair and you do not always get what you deserve." He underwent surgery after his return from Japan. (Instagram profile, 26 Aug 2021, 10 Sep 2021; latercera.com, 27 Aug 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.69
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:13.14
2 2019 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:40.30
3 2019 50m Freestyle S8 29.96
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2017 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:17.60
4 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:11.88
1 2022 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:11.57
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2021 100m Freestyle S8  DSQ
11 2021 50m Freestyle S8 33.12
2 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:09.83