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MARTINS Joao
Sport Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
GenderMen
Age52
Place of BirthLisbon, POR
Height1.74 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S1
Further Personal Information
Languages
Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 19.
Why this sport?
His doctor advised him to take up the sport.
Senior International Debut
Year
1995
Competing for
Portugal
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Perpignan
General Interest
Nicknames
Ernesto [from the name of a charachter in a US comedy show]. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Hobbies
Playing computer games, drawing and painting on the computer, playing the organ, writing poems, listening to music, watching movies. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Hero / Idol
His mother. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is competition and friendship." (Athlete, 17 Aug 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competition after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (ionline.pt, 06 Sep 2012; lux.iol.pt, 06 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 50m Freestyle S1 1:37.83
6 2004 100m Freestyle S1 4:13.61
3 2004 50m Backstroke S1 1:47.19
3 2008 50m Backstroke S1 1:47.76
4 2012 50m Backstroke S1 1:38.96
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 50m Freestyle S1 1:42.01
3 2002 100m Freestyle S1 3:41.09
2 2002 50m Backstroke S1 1:32.57
6 2006 50m Freestyle S1  DSQ
3 2006 100m Freestyle S1 3:26.05
2 2006 50m Backstroke S1 1:37.50
3 2010 50m Freestyle S1 1:39.16
14 2010 200m Freestyle S2 7:42.49
13 2010 50m Backstroke S2 1:36.79
3 2010 100m Freestyle S1 3:30.44