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TEN Ricardo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age43
Place of BirthValencia, ESP
Height1.70 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Sonya, children Toni and Silvia
Residence
Valencia, ESP
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1993 at age 17.
Why this sport?
He read an article about the sport in a newspaper.
Club / Team
CD Aquatic Campanar: Valencia, ESP
Name of coach
Laureano Gil [national]
Training Regime
He trains in the pool three days a week. He also does up to six sessions of track and gym training over a seven-day period.
Senior International Debut
Year
1995
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
France
General Interest
Nicknames
Richard (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2000 and 2008. (marca.com, 08 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
US motorcycle racer Kevin Schwantz. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Injuries
He damaged the cartilage in his hip joint in December 2015. He recovered fully from the injury in March 2017. (yosoynoticia.es, 04 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No limits, no pain, no gain." (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2008 he was named the Para Athlete of the Year at the Nostresport Awards in Spain. (telefonicaabilityawards.com, 16 Aug 2012)
Other sports
He was selected to represent Spain in Para cycling road at the 2017 World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He has also participated in Para alpine skiing at international level. (yosoynoticia.es, 24 Aug 2017, 04 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To compete in cycling at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (proyectofer.es, 12 Jul 2017)
Impairment
His arms were amputated at age eight as a result of injuries he sustained by touching high-voltage power lines. (paralimpicos.es, 11 Apr 2008)
Other information
CHANGE OF SPORT
He plans to retire from Para swimming after he has competed at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, and switch his focus to Para cycling. "I can never stop swimming, but the time has come for a new stage in my life." (ricardoten.wordpress.com, 24 Aug 2017, 08 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 1996 50m Backstroke S5 43.97 
2 1996 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:43.33 
6 1996 50m Butterfly S5 46.68 
3 1996 4 x 50m Medley Relay  S1-6 2:50.27 
7 2000 50m Backstroke S5 44.45 
1 2000 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:37.37 
4 2000 50m Butterfly S5 42.61 
1 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:39.94
8 2000 200m Medley SM5 DSQ
6 2008 50m Backstroke S5 45.28
1 2008 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:36.61
11 2008 50m Butterfly S5 46.24
3 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  
3 2012 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:37.23
Heats 2012 50m Backstroke S5 43.07
8 2012 50m Butterfly S5 43.65
5 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:38.07
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 1998 50m Backstroke S5 43.49
1 1998 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:39.83
3 1998 50m Butterfly S5 45.37
1 1998 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay open 2:41.89
3 1998 4 x 50m Medley Relay open 2:49.96
9 2002 50m Backstroke S5 46.19
1 2002 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:37.24
5 2002 50m Butterfly S5 45.71
4 2002 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:35.22
11 2006 50m Freestyle S5 42.96
6 2006 50m Backstroke S5 47.63
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:41.40
9 2006 50m Butterfly S5 45.70
2 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:41.83
4 2010 50m Butterfly S5 42.98
4 2010 50m Backstroke S5 44.80
4 2010 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:32.47
2 2010 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:37.53
3 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:40.43
8 2013 50m Butterfly S5 45.75
2 2013 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:37.47
5 2013 50m Backstroke S5 44.13
4 2013 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:57.44
7 2013 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:39.35
2 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:42.60
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S5 1:00.33
Heats 2015 50m Butterfly S5 45.67
3 2015 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:39.90
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Breaststroke SB4 SC 1:31.66
2 2009 50m Backstroke S5 SC 41.83
2 2009 50m Butterfly S5 SC 40.06
1 2009 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points SC 2:21.35
1 2009 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points SC 2:35.48
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:37.29
8 2014 50m Butterfly S5 44.74
2 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:36.11
6 2014 50m Backstroke S5 44.59
8 2016 50m Butterfly S5 45.75
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:39.81