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LOPES Nelson
Sport Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthParede, POR
Height1.71 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S4, SM4
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife and children Mafalda and Francisco
Residence
Cascais, POR
Occupation
Public Servant
Languages
English, French, Portuguese
Higher education
Economics - Lisboa School of Economics and Management: Portugal
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1980 at the Alcoitao Centre for Rehabilitation Medicine in Portugal.
Why this sport?
It was a part of his rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Clube Natacao Colegio Vasco da Gama: Sintra, POR
Name of coach
Edgar Andrade [club], POR, from 2009
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Portugal
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt, 2013)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2004 50m Backstroke S4 53.83
8 2008 50m Backstroke S4 53.38
10 2008 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:15.06
11 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:51.29 
9 2016 50m Backstroke S4 53.51 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2002 50m Freestyle S4 54.69
9 2002 100m Freestyle S4 2:02.19
8 2002 50m Backstroke S4 55.92
8 2002 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:05.34
13 2006 50m Freestyle S4 53.24
9 2006 100m Freestyle S4 1:53.37
7 2006 50m Backstroke S4 53.29
11 2010 50m Freestyle S4 53.52
12 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:51.35
8 2010 50m Backstroke S4 53.63
9 2010 100m Freestyle S4 1:52.39
11 2010 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:22.22
13 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:20.44
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S4 55.20
7 2013 50m Backstroke S4 54.10
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:56.85
7 2013 200m Freestyle S4 3:58.15
8 2015 200m Freestyle S4 3:55.45
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S4 51.75
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S4 1:51.28
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S4 52.20
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 100m Freestyle S4 1:50.30
Heat 2014 50m Freestyle S4 53.41
3 2014 50m Backstroke S4 53.34
8 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:53.31
6 2016 50m Backstroke S4 51.62
8 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:22.39
8 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:52.38
9 2016 50m Freestyle S4 52.72