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    Carlos Serrano

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    Colombia Colombia Para swimming 17 August 1998


    Carlos Serrano Zarate COL takes the Gold Medal in a new World Record time in the Men's 100m Breaststroke.


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Short stature
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification S7, SB7, SM7
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Bucaramanga, COL
    Occupation Athlete, Student
    Languages Spanish
    Higher education Technological Units Santander [UTS]: Bucaramanga, COL
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport in early 2013 in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
    Why this sport? "I always liked the water but could not swim, so my mother put me in a [swimming] course. On the last day the coach Luis Carlos Calderon saw me with my short stature and invited me to swim with other athletes. The sport chose me."
    Club / Team Colombia Sin Limites: Bucaramanga, COL
    Name of coach Luis Carlos Calderon [national, personal], COL, from 2013
    International Debut
    Year 2015
    Competing for Colombia
    Tournament World Championships
    Location Glasgow, SCO
    General Interest
    Nicknames Daniel, Carlito (eltiempo.com, 06 Mar 2017; Instagram profile, 28 Jul 2019; Facebook profile, 15 Jul 2019)
    Hobbies Video games, dancing, extreme sports. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning three medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
    Most influential person in career His parents and coach Luis Carlos Calderon. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
    Hero / Idol Colombian Para swimmer Moises Fuentes. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "You win medals in training, you're just picking them up at events." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
    Awards and honours He was named the Best Para Athlete of the Year by Colombian newspaper El Espectador in 2016, 2018 and 2019. (paralympic.org, 23 Dec 2016; Instagram profile, 04 Dec 2018; elespectador.com, 14 Dec 2019)

    He was named Athlete of the Month for April 2016 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 11 May 2016)

    He was named the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year by Colombian newspaper Vanguardia Liberal. (vanguardia.com, 29 Feb 2016)

    He was flag bearer for Colombia at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015)
    Ambitions To win multiple medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (eltiempo.com, 06 Mar 2017)
    Impairment He was born with achondroplasia, a condition that affects bone growth. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017; elcolombiano.com, 16 Aug 2015)

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