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ORIBE Richard
Sport Para swimming
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthSan Sebastián, ESP
Height1.80 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S4
Further Personal Information
Residence
San Sebastián, ESP
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Communications - University of Deusto: Bilbao, ESP
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He likes the freedom of moving in the water.
Club / Team
Konporta KE: San Sebastián, ESP
Name of coach
Jose Luis Vaquero [national], ESP; Javier Aymerich [personal], ESP, from 1997
Senior International Debut
Year
1992
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Barcelona
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, surfing the internet, cycling. (richardoribe.com, 16 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Italian Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi. (richardoribe.com, 16 Jun 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be serious, and give the maximum." (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received an Effort and Innovation Award from the province of Gipuzkoa, Spain. (donostia.org, 29 May 2014)

He won the Basque Athlete of the Year Award in 2011. (richardoribe.com, 16 Jun 2014)

He has won the Gold Medal Award for Sporting Merit, a Spanish award for outstanding athletes. (consumer.es, 20 Feb 2010)

A Spanish swimming trophy has been named after him. It is called the Richard Oribe Trophy VI. (consumer.es, 20 Feb 2010)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY STAR
A documentary about him titled 'Richard Oribe, on the other side of the medals' was released at the 2016 San Sebastian Cinema and Human Rights Festival in Spain. (paralympic.org, 22 Apr 2016)

PARALYMPIC VETERAN
He competed at six consecutive Paralympic Games between 1992-12, winning a total of 16 medals. (richardoribe.com, 16 Jun 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1996 50m Freestyle S4 41.85 
1 1996 100m Freestyle S4 1:31.35 
1 1996 200m Freestyle S4 3:11.00 
2 1996 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay S1-6 2:41.33 
1 2000 50m Freestyle S4 38.84 
1 2000 100m Freestyle S4 1:25.92 
1 2000 200m Freestyle S4 3:02.19 
1 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:24.42
4 2004 50m Freestyle S4 39.67
3 2004 100m Freestyle S4 1:26.58
2 2004 200m Freestyle S4 3:02.25
9 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  
2 2008 50m Freestyle S4 38.69
2 2008 100m Freestyle S4 1:26.62
1 2008 200m Freestyle S4 2:55.81
2 2008 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:18.73
4 2012 50m Freestyle S4 39.74
2 2012 100m Freestyle S4 1:25.33
3 2012 200m Freestyle S4 3:01.62
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 1998 50m Freestyle S4 43.28
1 1998 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.98
1 1998 200m Freestyle S4 3:08.64
1 1998 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay open 2:41.89
3 1998 4 x 50m Medley Relay open 2:49.96
2 2002 50m Freestyle S4 40.35
2 2002 100m Freestyle S4 1:27.55
2 2002 200m Freestyle S4 3:10.32
1 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:25.93
2 2006 50m Freestyle S4 39.51
1 2006 100m Freestyle S4 1:26.69
1 2006 200m Freestyle S4 3:02.55
1 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:21.89
2 2010 50m Freestyle S4 39.07
2 2010 200m Freestyle S4 3:02.63
1 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:21.82
2 2010 100m Freestyle S4 1:24.76
7 2015 200m Freestyle S4 3:14.06
6 2015 50m Freestyle S4 42.16
5 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:41.08
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S4 1:32.33
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Freestyle S4 1:22.98
1 2009 200m Freestyle S4 2:59.37
1 2009 50m Freestyle S4 38.26
1 2009 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points SC 2:21.35
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m Freestyle S4 1:29.57
1 2014 50m Freestyle S4 41.12
1 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:36.29
2 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:36.11
2 2014 200m Freestyle S4 3:10.71
6 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:33.76
5 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:37.66
6 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:15.73
6 2016 50m Freestyle S4 42.30