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RANGEL Pedro
Sport Para swimming
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthGuadalajara, MEX
Height1.10 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Residence
Guadalajara, MEX
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 21 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Why this sport?
After his accident his family encouraged him to be independent. At age 14 he began helping his father, a silversmith. He later worked for an electronics company, and while he was on holiday from work he enrolled in a sports club in his hometown of Guadalajara, where he met coach Margarita Hernandez. "By the second day of my swimming lessons she told me that I had talent."
Club / Team
Jalisco State: Mexico
Name of coach
Margarita Hernandez [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG
General Interest
Nicknames
Micha (discapacinet.gob.mx, 09 Jun 2007)
Hero / Idol
French footballer Zinedine Zidane. (discapacinet.gob.mx, 09 Jun 2007)
Impairment
He lost both his legs at age eight when he tried to jump onto a moving train. (atletasla.com, 09 Mar 2019; informador.com.mx, 16 Nov 2011)
Other information
ENGLISH CHANNEL
In September 2018 he swam the English Channel in a time of 15 hours and 48 minutes. Four years earlier, he had swum from England to France as part of a group of Para swimmers called The Honu Para Swim Team. "It was always my dream to swim the channel, and I had an idea of what it was about. Now I realise the magnitude. It was hard but it's so rewarding." (atletasla.com, 09 Mar 2019; ntrguadalajara.com, 25 Sep 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:36.31
8 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:07.29
1 2008 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:34.69
5 2008 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:02.50
7 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:04.44
3 2012 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:36.85
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:37.84 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2003 100m Freestyle S7 1:25.70
2 2003 400m Freestyle S7 5:56.79
6 2003 100m Backstroke S7 1:41.98
2 2003 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:47.65
  2003 200m Individual Medley SM6  DSQ
2 2019 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:40.26
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
16 2002 100m Freestyle S7 1:30.94
8 2002 100m Breaststroke SB5  DSQ
6 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:01.78
15 2006 100m Freestyle S7 1:24.29
11 2006 400m Freestyle S7 6:10.26
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:33.42
2 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:00.08
7 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:07.65
2 2013 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:38.05
6 2015 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:40.47
6 2019 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:37.95