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REYES Juan Ignacio
Sport Para swimming
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthMexico City, MEX
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB2, SM3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Occupation
Manager
Languages
Spanish, English
Higher education
Marketing - Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education [ITESM]: Mexico
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six.
Why this sport?
He initially began swimming as part of his rehabilitation, and eventually grew to love the feeling of freedom that the sport gave him.
Name of coach
Fernando Gutierrez Velez [national], MEX; Emmanuel Badillo [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
1997
Competing for
Mexico
Location
Germany
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, watching television, movies. (vice.com, 05 Feb 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 18 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 18 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
French Para swimmer David Smetanine. (Facebook profile, 17 Mar 2011)
Injuries
He sat out of the latter part of 2014 in order to treat a recurring knee injury. (rasainforma.com, 17 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You never get used to winning. You are always trying to improve your preparation." (eleconomista.com.mx, 06 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the Mexican Sports Award in 2001. (chilango.com, 06 Feb 2012)

A swimming pool in the municipality of Atizapan, Mexico, has been named after him. (estoenlinea.oem.com.mx, 11 Dec 2014)
Impairment
He contracted a condition called purpura fulminans at age five. The illness leads to coagulation in a person's blood vessels. To save his life doctors amputated his arms and his left leg. (ultra.com.mx, 27 Feb 2013; chilango.com, 06 Feb 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He plans to retire from competitive swimming after he has competed at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (radioformula.com.mx, 07 Jul 2017)

OCCUPATION
He works as a community manager for Fundacion Kardias AC. The association aims to improve the quality of care that children with heart conditions receive at hospitals and institutes in Mexico. (Facebook profile, 28 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2000 100m Freestyle S4 1:38.87 
1 2000 50m Backstroke S4 48.30 
2 2000 50m Butterfly S4 50.51 
8 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:10.92
Heats 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  
1 2000 150m Medley SM3 3:06.44 
9 2004 50m Freestyle S4 45.82
6 2004 100m Freestyle S4 1:37.04
6 2004 200m Freestyle S4 3:26.96
1 2004 50m Backstroke S4 45.73
8 2004 50m Butterfly S4  DSQ
3 2004 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:07.92
8 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:07.29
7 2008 50m Freestyle S4 43.07
8 2008 100m Freestyle S4 1:37.30
7 2008 200m Freestyle S4 3:25.57
1 2008 50m Backstroke S4 42.77
10 2008 50m Butterfly S5 46.00
5 2008 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:02.50
7 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:04.44
1 2012 50m Backstroke S4 45.75
4 2016 50m Backstroke S4 45.46 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2003 50m Freestyle S4 48.54
2 2003 200m Freestyle S4 3:21.27
1 2003 50m Backstroke S4 46.30
1 2003 50m Butterfly S4 47.38
  2003 150m Individual Medley SM3  DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 50m Backstroke S4 50.47
6 2002 50m Freestyle S4 45.56
5 2002 100m Freestyle S4 1:37.72
5 2002 200m Freestyle S4 3:23.44
1 2002 50m Backstroke S4 45.90
1 2002 50m Butterfly S4 47.38
1 2002 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:10.62
6 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:01.78
5 2006 50m Freestyle S4 45.36
5 2006 100m Freestyle S4 1:38.04
4 2006 200m Freestyle S4 3:22.61
1 2006 50m Backstroke S4 45.82
1 2006 50m Butterfly S4 47.38
2 2006 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:21.22
2 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:00.08
7 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:07.65
8 2010 50m Freestyle S4 45.89
3 2010 50m Butterfly S4 48.29
1 2010 50m Backstroke S4 46.09
8 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:05.33
7 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:15.12
2 2010 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:16.76
1 2013 50m Backstroke S4 45.97
2 2015 50m Backstroke S4 44.85
5 2017 50m Backstroke S4 47.72