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CANCELA Diogo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthCoimbra, POR
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Miranda do Corvo, POR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Coimbra, Portugal.
Why this sport?
It was part of his physical therapy treatment and he liked being in the water.
Club / Team
Associacao Louzan Natacao [ALN]: Portugal
Training Regime
He trains seven days a week, completing double sessions on three of those days.
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Portugal
Location
Copenhagen, DEN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals at the 2019 European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti, Finland. (Record, 07 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The more you dream, the more you achieve." (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Best Male Athlete of the Year in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. (asbeiras.pt, 16 Oct 2019)

He was presented with a silver medal by the Portuguese Swimming Federation at the 2019 Swimming Gala in Portimao, Portugal. (fpnatacao.pt, 19 Oct 2019)
Impairment
His right arm is missing at the shoulder. (diariocoimbra.pt, 23 Mar 2018)
Other information
AWARD-WINNING PHOTO
He was the subject of the photo that won first prize in the sport category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards. The photographer, Ian MacNicol, captured him practising in the pool at the 2019 World Series event in Glasgow, Scotland. (sipacontest.com, 30 Oct 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:19.30
11 2021 100m Backstroke S8 1:15.63
8 2021 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:33.36
9 2021 100m Butterfly S8 1:05.69
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S8 1:16.69
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S8 1:07.97
7 2019 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:38.55
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:22.97
7 2022 100m Butterfly S8  DSQ
Heats 2022 100m Freestyle S8 1:04.19
Heats 2022 50m Freestyle S8 32.52
3 2022 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:29.21
Heats 2022 100m Breaststroke SB8  DNS
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:34.83
5 2018 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:08.50
5 2018 50m Freestyle S8 29.34
4 2018 100m Backstroke S8 1:13.33
4 2018 100m Butterfly S8 1:07.98
7 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:21.46
5 2018 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:37.42
5 2021 100m Backstroke S8 1:14.81
5 2021 100m Butterfly S8 1:07.08
10 2021 50m Freestyle S8 30.25
4 2021 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:32.26
10 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:22.79