Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán

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Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Sport
Country  Spain
Sport 5-a-side football
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martin and the second or maternal family name is Gaitán.

Antonio Jesús Martin Gaitán (born April 22, 1982) is a Spanish 5-per-team footballer. He has a vision impairment and is a B1 type sportperson. He has represented Spain at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, 2008 Summer Paralympics and 2012 Summer Paralympics, picking up a pair of bronze medals in 2004 and 2012.

Personal[edit]

Martín was born on April 22, 1982 in Málaga.[1][2][3] He is completely blind and is a B1 type sportperson.[1][4][5] He is nicknamed 'El Niño'.[4][5]

In 2005, Martín attended university and studied business.[5] In 2013, he was awarded the bronze Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo.[6][7][8]

5-a-side football[edit]

In 2005, Martín played in the domestic championship where his team finished first. He repeated the performance in 2006.[3] Playing for ONCE Málaga in 2005, his team were runners up in their league.[5]

National team[edit]

At the Portuguese hosted 1999 European Championships, Martín's Spanish national team finished first.[3][5] In Spain at the 2000 World Championships, his team finished third .[3][5] In Brazil at the 2002 World Championships, his team finished second.[3] At the British hosted 2003 European Championships, his team finished first[3] and he was the competition's leading goal scorer.[5] He played 5-a-side football at the 2004 Summer Paralympics. His team finished third after they played Greece and, won 2-0.[1][3][5][9]

At the Spanish-hosted 2005 European Championships, his team finished first.[3] That year, Martín was named by UEFA as the top player on the continent.[5] At the time, he had 46 total caps for Spain.[5] In 2006 at the Argentine hosted World Championships, his team finished fourth.[3] In 2007, he competed at the European Championships where his team finished first.[3][9] That year, he also competed in the World Championships, where his team finished third.[3] He represented Spain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics where his team finished just out of the medals in fourth place.[3] In 2009, he competed at the European Championships where his team finished third.[3] He represented Spain at the 2010 World Championships, where he was the competition's leading scorer.[10] In 2011, he represented Spain in the Turkey hosted European Championships. His team was faced Turkey, Russia and Greece in the group stage.[11] He played 5-a-side football at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. In the team's opening game against Great Britain, he scored his team's only goal in a 1-1 draw.[12] His team finished third after they played Argentina and, won 1-0.[1] He scored the team's winning goal against Argentina[4] in a shootout. The game was watched by Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo and President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee.[13] Martín was a member of the national team in 2013 and competed in the European Championships.[14] The team faced Russia, Greece and France in the group stage.[15] His team won their opener against Russia.[16] His team went on to defeat France and finish first in the competition.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biografías" (in Spanish). Spain: Comité Paralímpico Español. 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "JJ.PP. Londres 2012 — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Csd.gob.es. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "ANTONIO JESÚS MARTÍN GAITÁN" (in Spanish). ONCE. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Los 11 de la ONCE" (in Spanish). MARCA.com. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán Designado Por La Uefa, Mejor Futbolista Ciego Del Continente | Blog Del Deporte Malagueño — Blog Diariosur.Es" (in Spanish). Blogs.diariosur.es. 2005-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  6. ^ "El paralímpico extremeño Enrique Floriano recibe la Medalla de la Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo" (in Spanish). Region Digital. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Michelle Alonso Morales, entre las grandes del deporte espaĂąol" (in Spanish). Diario de Avisos. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "El recuerdo a María de Villota marca la entrega de Reales Órdenes al Mérito Deportivo" (in Spanish). 20minutos.es. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Deportes | Juegos Olímpicos | Estrellas" (in Spanish). elmundo.es. 1982-04-22. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  10. ^ "España se proclama subcampeona en el Mundial de Fútbol para Ciegos — Fútbol — Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  11. ^ "España busca en Turquía recuperar el cetro europeo y la plaza para los Juegos Paralímpicos de Londres 2012 :: Deportes :: Fútbol" (in Spanish). Periodista Digital. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  12. ^ "El equipo de fútbol-5 para ciegos empata con Gran Bretańa en su debut" (in Spanish). Paralimpiadaslondres.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  13. ^ "El malagueρo Gaitαn da el bronce a Espaρa en Londres — La Opinión de Málaga" (in Spanish). Laopiniondemalaga.es. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  14. ^ "España peleará por las medallas en el Europeo para Ciegos" (in Spanish). Spain: Europa Press. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "La selecciĂłn espaĂąola tratarĂĄ de recuperar el cetro continental en el Campeonato de Europa de FĂştbol 5 en categorĂ­a B1" (in Spanish). dxtadaptado.com. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  16. ^ "Servimedia-Noticias-Sociedad" (in Spanish). Servimedia.es. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  17. ^ "DEPORTES: Omar Font logra 4 marcas mínimas para el Mundial de Natación | Noticias ONCE Andalucía" (in Spanish). Onceandalucia.es. 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-11-23.