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LÓPEZ Patricio
Sport Para swimming
NPC Dominican Republic   
Place of BirthSanto Domingo, DOM
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
S3, SB2, SM3
Further Personal Information
Daughter Keryam
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his therapy.
Club / Team
Club Acuatico Los Fenix de Santo Domingo: Santo Domingo, DOM
Name of coach
Ana Maria Peralta [personal, national]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Dominican Republic
Indianapolis, IN, USA
General Interest
Patri (Instagram profile, 08 Apr 2019)
Practising triathlon. (, 29 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you truly and passionately want it, it can be achieved." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He and fellow Para swimmer Lourdes Aybar were named Dominican Republic's flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 10 Apr 2022)
To compete at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. (, 26 Apr 2022)
He has tetraplegia, having sustained a cervical injury after being shot during a robbery in 2012. (, 29 Jul 2019; Marino Survivor Instagram profile, 25 Jan 2019; Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Other information
A drawing made by his daughter Keryam made him change his perception about the disability. "In the drawing Keryam was the princess, her mother was the queen, and I was the king on a wheelchair. After that drawing I changed my attitude, my way of thinking that disability is not limiting." (, 29 Jul 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:41.29
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 50m Freestyle S4 1:53.17
8 2019 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:49.74
6 2019 50m Freestyle S3 1:25.84
4 2019 50m Backstroke S3 1:27.46
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 50m Backstroke S4 1:32.31
5 2017 50m Breaststroke SB3 2:26.63
Heats 2022 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:44.52
Heats 2022 150m Individual Medley SM3 5:05.41
Heats 2022 200m Freestyle S3 6:23.20