Miguel Ángel Martínez (swimmer)

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Miguel Ángel Martínez Tajuelo
Personal information
Nationality  Spain
Born (1984-04-19) 19 April 1984 (age 33)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Club Fidias

Miguel Ángel Martínez Tajuelo (born 19 April 1984) is a Paralympic swimmer from Spain.[1] He competed at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics and is a European and World Championships medaling competitor.


Martínez is from Andalusia.[2][3][4] In 2010, he was a guest of ONCE for a special screening of the documentary, "La Teoría del Espiralismo", about the lives of Paralympic sportspeople. He spoke before the screening of the film.[5]


Martínez is an S3 swimmer,[2][6][7] and is a member of Club Fidias.[8] He started competitive swimming in 2006.[9]

Martínez competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics where he competed in three events. Following the Games, he and other Seville Olympians and Paralympians were special guests at a function hosted by the Minister of Tourism, Trade and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía, Luciano Alonso.[8][10] The Beijing Games were his Paralympic debut.[11] He qualified for the Games in April of that year,[12] and attended a national team training camp in the Canary Islands around that time.[9]

Martínez was one of 42 Spanish team members at the 2009 IPC European Swimming Championships, of which 22 Spanish competitors had physical disabilities, 6 had cerebral palsy, 10 were blind and four had intellectual disabilities.[7] He competed at the 2010 Adapted Swimming World Championship in the Netherlands.[13][14][15] He finished second in the 50 meter backstroke.[16] He competed at the 2011 IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany, where he won a gold medal in the 4x50 meter medley relay, a silver in 50 meter backstroke and bronze medal in 200 meter freestyle.[17][18][19][20]

In March 2012, Martínez qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics at London, representing Spain in the 50 metre backstroke S3.[1][11] At the Paralympics he came through heat 2 in a comfortable qualifying time, but just missed a podium finish when he came fourth in a time of 51.83.[1] In 2012, he competed at the Paralympic Swimming Championship of Spain by Autonomous Communities. He set a national record at the event in the 50 meter backstroke.[2][21] He competed at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships winning four individual and a team silver medal; in each of his races he saw Russian rival Dmytro Vynohradets take the gold medal.[3][6][22][23][24]


  1. ^ a b c "Martinez, Miguel Angel". ipc.infostradasports.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tres récords nacionales en el Campeonato de España por Comunidades Autónomas de Natación Paralímpica — Natación — Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Deportes : La extremeña Isabel Yinghua Hernández competirá en el Campeonato del Mundo de Natación Paralímpica" (in Spanish). Spain: Extremaduradehoy.com. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "España busca ser potencia en los Mundiales para Discapacitados" (in Spanish). Spain: Europapress.es. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ ""La Teoría del Espiralismo" acerca la vida de las deportistas paralímpicas a los estudiantes cordobeses" (in Spanish). Spain: Cordobainformacion.com. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Deporte. Michelle alonso, sarai gascón y sebastián rodríguez, grandes favoritos españoles en el mundial de natación paralímpica – Juegos paralímpicos – Noticias, última hora, vídeos y fotos de Juegos paralímpicos en lainformacion.com" (in Spanish). Spain: Noticias.lainformacion.com. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "LORCA / El lorquino Kevin Méndez disputa en Islandia el Europeo de Natación Paralímpica" (in Spanish). Spain: murcia.com. 2009-10-19. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Miguel Ángel Martínez vuelve de Pekín con tres diplomas olímpicos" (in Spanish). Spain: Minuto90. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Miguel Ángel Martínez, del Club Fidias, es convocado por la selección española" (in Spanish). Spain: Minuto90. 2008-04-10. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Los olĂmpicos y paralĂmpicos andaluces, recibidos en la Junta – Marca.com" (in Spanish). Spain: Archivo.marca.com. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Natación.- Martínez Tajuelo: el sueño de ir a Londres pasa por Castellón" (in Spanish). Spain: Diariojaen.es. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Miguel Ángel Martínez logra la mínima para los Juegos Paralímpicos de Pekín" (in Spanish). Spain: Minuto90. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "El Mundial de Natación Paralímpica reúne en Holanda a los 38 mejores españoles — Natación — Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "España arranca con cinco medallas en el Mundial de Natación Paralímpica" (in Spanish). Spain: MARCA. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Servimedia-Noticias-Sociedad" (in Spanish). Spain: Servimedia.es. 2010-08-21. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Enrique Floriano acaba el Mundial de Natación Paralímpica con cinco medallas — ABC.es — Noticias Agencias" (in Spanish). Spain: ABC.es. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "España termina como tercera potencia europea de natación paralímpica en Berlín 2011 :: Deportes :: Otros" (in Spanish). Spain: Periodista Digital. 2011-04-16. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ 2 de julio de 2011 13:44h. "El equipo paralímpico, a por el Europeo de Berlín | Polideportivo | AS.com" (in Spanish). Spain: Masdeporte.as.com. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "El equipo paralímpico español, en busca de las medallas del Europeo de Berlín" (in Spanish). Spain: MARCA.com. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "El Europeo de Natación Paralímpica reúne en Berlín a los 35 mejores españoles – Natación – Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Castellón acoge a los mejores nadadores en el Campeonato de España de Natación Paralímpica — Natación — Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  22. ^ Agencia EFE. "Los nadadores canarios Michelle Alonso e Israel Oliver competirán por triunfo." (in Spanish). Spain: Eldiariomontanes.es. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Plan renove" (in Spanish). Spain: MARCA.com. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  24. ^ "España busca ser potencia en los Mundiales para Discapacitados" (in Spanish). Spain: Europapress.es. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

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