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ZAYAS Sergio
Sport Para swimming
NPC Argentina   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthSanta Fe, ARG
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Buenos Aires, ARG
Occupation
Athlete, Journalist
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Journalism - Training Centre and Updated Technical Teaching and Sports [CPATDD]: Santa Fe, ARG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four at Club Banco Provincia in Santa Fe, Argentina, and started competing at age six.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as part of his therapy. "I was four years old, and I started swimming after medical recommendations. I felt a kind of freedom, something that in other things of daily life I could not feel. In the water I am free and nobody can tell me what I can or cannot do."
Name of coach
Juan Manuel Zucconi [national, personal], ARG
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Argentina
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG
General Interest
Nicknames
Sergito, Pelado (Instagram profile, 07 Jun 2021; Facebook profile, 06 Jun 2021)
Hobbies
Following motor racing, supporting Argentinian football club Colon. (paradeportes.com, 29 Jun 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian swimmer Jose Meolans. (paradeportes.com, 05 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are easy and difficult things, like everything. But I make sacrifices and put my will and determination into life." (paradeportes.com, 29 Jun 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was declared an Outstanding Citizen by the Santa Fe municipal council in recognition of his performance at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (unosantafe.com.ar, 03 Oct 2019)

In December 2016 a plaque with his name was unveiled on the 'Paseo de los Olimpicos' [Olympians' Promenade] in Rosario, Argentina, in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (conclusion.com.ar, 23 Dec 2016)
Impairment
He was born three months prematurely, which prevented his vision from developing. He also had respiratory difficulties. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; josecuriotto.com.ar, 24 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008 400m Freestyle S11 5:08.13
7 2008 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.06
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.33
Heats 2012 400m Freestyle S11 5:15.46
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:17.75
7 2016 400m Freestyle S11 5:06.77
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2003 100m Backstroke S11 1:34.45
4 2003 100m Breaststroke SB11 2:10.42
1 2019 100m Backstroke S11 1:17.39
2 2019 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 4:34.73
4 2019 400m Freestyle S11 5:01.35
6 2019 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:50.49
6 2019 100m Butterfly S11 1:20.85
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2006 50m Freestyle S11 34.03
8 2006 100m Freestyle S11 1:10.18
5 2006 400m Freestyle S11 5:22.12
4 2006 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.94
7 2006 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:08.98
16 2010 100m Freestyle S11 1:11.26
9 2010 400m Freestyle S11 5:23.14
10 2010 100m Backstroke S11 1:20.28
4 2013 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.26
6 2013 400m Freestyle S11 5:16.78
6 2013 100m Butterfly S11 1:19.25
6 2015 400m Freestyle S11 5:14.13
5 2015 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.40
8 2015 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:49.61
5 2015 100m Butterfly S11 1:18.17
3 2017 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.71
3 2017 400m Freestyle S11 5:15.01
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.27
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S11 1:23.66
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S11 5:01.76
Heats 2022 100m Butterfly S11 1:25.04
Heats 2022 100m Backstroke S11 1:20.88
Heats 2022 400m Freestyle S11 5:18.96
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:19.48
5 2016 400m Freestyle S11 5:12.66
8 2016 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:56.80
10 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:08.44