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VIVANCO Eztitxu
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthBayonne, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bayonne, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French, Spanish, Basque
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age 13 in Anglet, France.
Why this sport?
The sport was part of her rehabilitation following the amputation of her leg.
Club / Team
Anglet Olympique: France
Name of coach
Melanie Siellez
Training Regime
She swims at least six times a week. She usually swims about 7 kilometres each workout.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
France
General Interest
Nicknames
Ezti (paralympic.org, 5 Nov 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"This is a very thankless sport. We train a lot for a few hundredths of a second. When you are young, you progress quickly but then there are moments of stagnation." (sudouest.fr, 12 Mar 2013)
Impairment
She was born without a tibia in her right leg. After undergoing a primary amputation at the ankle at age eight months, the limb was amputated at age 12 following complications involving the knee. (informations.handicap.fr, 15 Sep 2008, lejpb.com, 2 Sep 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
15 2008 50m Freestyle S9 32.45
19 2008 100m Freestyle S9 1:09.81
10 2008 100m Backstroke S9 1:17.28
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S9 1:09.86
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S9 32.67
4 2013 100m Backstroke S9 1:16.07
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:22.52