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RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
Sport Para swimming
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age61
Place of BirthCádiz, ESP
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter
Residence
Vigo, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming competitively in 1995.
Club / Team
CN Galaico: Pontevedra, ESP
Name of coach
Alejandro Brea Lopez [club], ESP, from 2013
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Germany
General Interest
Nicknames
Chano (farodevigo.es, 05 Jun 2017)
Hobbies
Sailing. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five gold medals and setting world records during the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015; 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
All his coaches. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always overcome your obstacles." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball at club level in Spain. (elconfidencial.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after spending 432 days on hunger strike while in prison. (abc.es, 01 Sep 2012; guardian.co.uk, 30 Aug 2012; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Other information
IMPAIRMENT HISTORY
He has paraplegia after spending 432 days on hunger strike while in prison. He was given an 84-year sentence for his alleged involvement in the murder of businessman Rafael Padura in 1984. Rodriguez and the gang involved in the murder were members of GRAPO [1st October Anti-Fascist Resistance Group] who, at the time, were listed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union [EU]. He was paroled in 1994, having served 10 years in prison, under a Spanish law that prevents people from being incarcerated while seriously ill. He was officially pardoned by the Spanish government in 2015. (elconfidencial.com, 15 Sep 2016; abc.es, 01 Sep 2012; guardian.co.uk, 30 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2000 50m Freestyle S5 34.47 
1 2000 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.94 
1 2000 200m Freestyle S5 2:49.91 
1 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:24.42
1 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:39.94
1 2004 50m Freestyle S5 32.61
1 2004 100m Freestyle S5 1:13.39
1 2004 200m Freestyle S5 2:41.87
9 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  
3 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:44.65
3 2008 50m Freestyle S5 33.78
5 2008 100m Freestyle S5 1:16.15
2 2008 200m Freestyle S5 2:38.88
2 2008 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:18.73
3 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:40.38
2 2012 50m Freestyle S5 33.44
2 2012 200m Freestyle S5 2:43.11
8 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:05.49
3 2012 100m Freestyle S5 1:15.70
5 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:50.53
4 2016 50m Freestyle S5 34.62 
4 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.10 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002 50m Freestyle S5 33.40
1 2002 100m Freestyle S5 1:16.07
1 2002 200m Freestyle S5 2:48.76
1 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:25.93
2 2006 50m Freestyle S5 33.91
4 2006 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.51
2 2006 200m Freestyle S5 2:48.45
1 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:21.89
2 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:41.83
2 2010 50m Freestyle S5 33.05
1 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:21.82
3 2010 200m Freestyle S5 2:47.12
3 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:40.43
8 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:19.15
4 2013 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:57.44
2 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:42.60
3 2013 100m Freestyle S5 1:15.38
3 2013 50m Freestyle S5 33.75
5 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:41.08
5 2015 200m Freestyle S5 2:49.06
2 2015 50m Freestyle S5 34.61
4 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.35
3 2017 50m Freestyle S5 34.66
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Freestyle S5 SC 1:14.95
2 2009 50m Freestyle S5 SC 33.06
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 (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.05
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:10.28
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 S5 2:47.61
2 2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:46.86
1 2014 50m Freestyle S5 34.09
4 2014 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:07.76
3 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:49.70
4 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:51.36
5 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:37.66
3 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.26
2 2016 50m Freestyle S5 34.60
6 2018 50m Freestyle S5 35.78
6 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:21.58
  2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ