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SANTILLÁN Rodrigo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Peru   
GenderMen
Age16
Place of BirthLima, PER
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S2
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven. In 2018 he took up competitive Para swimming with the Peruvian National Paralympic Association [ANPP].
Why this sport?
"I chose [swimming] because I feel free in the water. I like swimming and I like to take my marks."
Name of coach
Ivan Reyes [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the Aquatic Centre of the National Sports Village [VIDENA] in Lima, Peru.
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Peru
Location
Brazil
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, playing video games. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the S2 100m backstroke at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Peruvian swimmer Jimmy Euler, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; Sin Barreras TV Peru, 04 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no limits." (Sin Barreras TV Peru, 04 Apr 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in boccia, and won the BC4 category at the 2018 Metropolitan Championships in Lima, Peru. (anpperu.org, 02 Oct 2018; Facebook profile, 30 Sep 2018)
Milestones
At age 14 years and 198 days at the opening ceremony, he was the youngest athlete to represent Peru in any sport at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (triangulodeportivo.com, 04 Jun 2020; lima2019.pe, 27 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lima2019.pe, 09 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He has demyelinating polyneuropathy, a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system. (Sin Barreras TV Peru, 04 Apr 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 100m Backstroke S2 2:21.95
11 2021 50m Backstroke S2 1:06.99
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 50m Backstroke S2 1:14.17
3 2019 100m Backstroke S2 2:35.27
6 2019 50m Freestyle S2 1:15.61
5 2019 100m Freestyle S2 2:41.72
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S2 2:42.05
Heats 2019 50m Backstroke S2 1:16.15
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 100m Backstroke S2 2:53.16
7 2021 50m Backstroke S2 1:24.23