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SÁNCHEZ Gustavo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age26
Place of BirthMexico City, MEX
Height1.35 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Occupation
Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
Spanish, English
Higher education
Business Administration - Anahuac University: Mexico City, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven at the National Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM] swimming pool in Mexico City, Mexico.
Club / Team
Mexico State [MEX] / National Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM] [MEX]:
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Gus (deportes.unam.mx, 26 Oct 2011)
Hobbies
Playing video games, music. (Facebook page, 24 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2011)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para swimmer Juan Ignacio Reyes, US swimmer Michael Phelps, Mexican boxer Saul Alvarez. (maspormas.com, 16 Apr 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before a competition he listens to music and visualises his race. (maspormas.com, 16 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You will get everything you want if you want it enough." (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the 2012 National Sport Award by the Mexican National Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 07 Dec 2012)

In 2009 he received the Luchador Olmeca [Olmec Wrestler] Award from the Mexican Sports Confederation [CODEME]. (Facebook page, 28 Jun 2019; codeme.com.mx, 05 Nov 2015)
Impairment
He was born with malformations to both legs and his left arm. (excelsior.com.mx, 20 Oct 2015)
Other information
FILM
A documentary of his life was shown at the 2014 Monterrey International Film Festival in Mexico. Directed by Eduardo Lucatero, the film featured his training and family life in the lead-up the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I'm glad my life and sporting career has come to the movies because it shows people that everything I have achieved is the result of hard work. Achieving success requires dedication and commitment in what you do." (unam.mx, 30 Jul 2014)

BOOK
His mother, a university teacher, wrote a book about his life called 'To live without limits: the story of Gus'. (excelsior.com.mx, 20 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2012 50m Freestyle S4 39.97
2 2012 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:39.55
5 2012 50m Breaststroke SB3 52.67
1 2012 100m Freestyle S4 1:24.28
3 2012 50m Backstroke S4 47.17
1 2012 200m Freestyle S4 2:58.09
6 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.57
8 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:54.95 
6 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:10.58 
Heats 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3  DSQ
6 2016 50m Backstroke S4 49.41 
6 2016 50m Freestyle S4 41.99
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 50m Freestyle S4 41.78
1 2019 100m Freestyle S4 1:31.38
1 2019 50m Butterfly S4 54.33
2 2019 200m Freestyle S5 3:01.66
1 2019 50m Breaststroke SB3 54.23
2 2019 50m Backstroke S4 49.52
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 50m Freestyle S4 40.76
3 2010 200m Freestyle S4 3:07.65
4 2010 50m Butterfly S4 52.08
5 2010 50m Backstroke S4 49.35
8 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:05.33
3 2010 100m Freestyle S4 1:29.87
10 2010 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:01.33
7 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:15.12
8 2010 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:55.32
2 2013 50m Freestyle S4 40.22
3 2013 50m Backstroke S4 46.40
3 2013 50m Butterfly S4 48.18
3 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.93
1 2013 200m Freestyle S4 2:59.49
4 2013 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:46.28
8 2013 50m Breaststroke SB3  DSQ
3 2015 200m Freestyle S4 3:07.19
5 2015 50m Freestyle S4 40.68
8 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:52.09
6 2015 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.58
Heats 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 56.82
4 2015 50m Backstroke S4 49.25
3 2017 50m Backstroke S4 46.29
2 2017 50m Freestyle S4 41.03
1 2017 200m Freestyle S4 3:05.06
2 2017 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:46.90
6 2019 100m Freestyle S4 1:30.34
6 2019 50m Backstroke S4 49.63
Heats 2019 50m Butterfly S5  DSQ
6 2019 50m Freestyle S4 42.07
6 2019 200m Freestyle S4 3:10.70