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PINA Joćo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthLisbon, POR
Height1.80 m
Weight 77 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Odivelas, Lisboa, POR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Loures, Portugal.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport after receiving medical advice.
Club / Team
GesLoures: Portugal
Name of coach
Carlos Mota [club], POR, from 2009
Training Regime
He trains up to six times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Portugal
Location
Sheffield, ENG
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (fpnatacao.pt, 26 Feb 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always hits the start block three times before the start of a race. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work gets results." (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Impairment
He has Dejerine–Sottas syndrome, which affects his nerves and muscles. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 200m Freestyle S3 5:52.39
13 2010 50m Backstroke S3 1:23.43
12 2010 100m Freestyle S3 2:53.69
Heats 2013 200m Freestyle S3 5:39.51
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S3 1:19.80
8 2013 50m Backstroke S3 1:20.18
7 2013 100m Freestyle S3 2:49.22
8 2015 100m Backstroke S2 2:44.67
Heats 2015 200m Freestyle S2 5:44.63
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S2 1:20.90
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 50m Freestyle S2 1:21.82
8 2014 50m Backstroke S2 1:20.75
8 2016 200m Freestyle S2 5:35.15
7 2016 100m Backstroke S2 2:42.80
11 2016 50m Backstroke S2 1:18.41