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PÉREZ Lorenzo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Cuba   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthNiquero, CUB
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Jonathan [2005], daughter Rut
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 in Granma, Cuba.
Club / Team
Baragua: Cuba
Name of coach
Ernesto Garrido [national], CUB
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Cuba
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Guadalajara, MEX
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the S6 100m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His son. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He contracted dengue fever ahead of the 2019 Parapan American Games. He was still able to compete at the tournament in Lima, Peru. (cnctv.icrt.cu, 25 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The level of success in an athlete depends on the commitment he has in training." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Best Male Para Athlete in Cuba. (tribuna.cu, 27 Dec 2019)

In 2018 he was named Best Para Athlete in Granma, Cuba. (lademajagua.cu, 12 Dec 2018)

In 2018 he was named Most Outstanding Para Athlete in Cuba. (trabajadores.cu, 03 Dec 2018)

In 2014 and 2017 he was named a Top 10 Para Athlete by the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation [INDER] and Sports Writers' Circle in Cuba. (playoffmagazine.com, 11 Dec 2017; cubahora.cu, 12 Dec 2014)
Milestones
In 2016 he became the first athlete representing Cuba to win a gold medal in swimming at the Paralympic Games when he was victorious in the S6 100m freestyle in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Mar 2019; paralympic.org, 03 Nov 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 03 Nov 2016)
Impairment
In 2005 he was involved in an accident during Hurricane Dennis that resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017; lademajagua.cu, 17 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 400m Freestyle S6 5:48.86
2 2012 50m Freestyle S6 30.04
3 2012 100m Freestyle S6 1:08.01
4 2016 50m Freestyle S6 30.31 
3 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:14.44 
1 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:04.70 
13 2021 50m Freestyle S7 32.27
9 2021 100m Freestyle S6 1:08.62
8 2021 400m Freestyle S6 5:30.42
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 400m Freestyle S6 5:19.37
8 2019 100m Breaststroke SB5 2:19.34
2 2019 50m Freestyle S6 31.25
2 2019 100m Freestyle S6 1:07.85
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 400m Freestyle S6 5:23.69
1 2017 100m Freestyle S6 1:05.17
2 2017 50m Freestyle S6 29.90
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2021 100m Freestyle S6 1:07.60
6 2021 400m Freestyle S6 5:32.74
2 2021 50m Freestyle S6 30.48