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ALBALADEJO MARTÍNEZ Lorenzo
Sport Para athletics
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthMurcia, ESP
Height1.87 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38
Further Personal Information
Residence
Madrid, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Psychology - University of Murcia [UCAM]: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 18 in Murcia, Spain.
Why this sport?
"I love sports and I wanted to test my abilities in athletics."
Club / Team
AD Marathon: Madrid, ESP
Name of coach
Antonio Ranchal Gonzalez, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stadskanaal, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, listening to music, boxing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T38 400m T38 at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and reaching two finals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, Spanish footballer Andres Iniesta. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a fractured vertebra in 2013 and needed one year to recover. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He takes a walk before his competition and listens to music. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard things must be done, impossible ones must be tried. Dreams become true if you fight for them." (lorenzoalbaladejo.com, 30 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Gervasio Cruz Soria Award as the Best Para Athlete of the Year from the Association of Parents and Friends of People with Intellectual Impairments of Cuenca [ASPADEC] in Spain. (eldeporteconquense.com, 08 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To win medals at the Paralympic Games and the world championships. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy as the result of lack of oxygen at birth [hypoxia]. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is part of a programme called 'Sports vs. Violence', which is organised by the Jero Garcia Foundation in Spain. The scheme strives to eliminate social exclusion and bullying through sport. "Something sports has that is fantastic is the lack of labels, which unfortunately still exist in society. [In sports] they don't notice if you're tall or short, black or white, rich or poor. When the race starts, whoever reaches the finish line first, wins. The whistle blows and whoever scores more goals wins. In the end, those who work harder win, or who have talent win or who better themselves win. And winning isn't just having the best time or best game, winning is going out on the field with the feeling that you are better than you were." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; laverdad.es, 21 Dec 2018)

OCCUPATION
He has written a column for the La Verdad de Murcia newspaper in Spain, as well as a blog for the Run Online website. He has also worked as a host on Murcia's regional television network. (lorenzoalbaladejo.com, 30 Apr 2018; kurere.org, 22 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2012 100m T38 11.79
7 2012 200m T38 23.76
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 100m T38 13.43
4 2015 400m T38 54.88
Heats 2015 100m T38  DNS
10 2017 200m T38 24.66
10 2017 100m T38 12.02
6 2017 400m T38 57.14
  2019 400m T38  DSQ
13 2019 100m T38 12.11
4 2019 Universal Relay 51.95
7 2019 Long Jump T38 5.36
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m T38 12.02
2 2014 200m T38 24.42
3 2016 200m T38 24.36
3 2016 400m T38 55.35
4 2016 100m T38 12.13
1 2018 400m T38 55.71
3 2018 200m T38 24.59
3 2018 100m T38 12.27
4 2018 Universal Relay  DSQ