LORENZO ALBALADEJO

Lorenzo Albaladejo Martínez ( born  Murcia, 4th May 1990).   Paralympic  athlete in T 38 category.  He suffered brain paralysis due to problems during birth.

Originally Lorenzo was coached by Salva Romero and was a member of San Javier  School  of Athletics Club until the season 2011 / 2012. During the season 2012/2013 he belonged to Gredos Athletic Club, San Diego,  Madrid.  The following season,2014 /2015,  he moved to Cartagena  UCAM Athletics  Club  in Murcia, where he remained for two seasons. In 20216 / 2017 he signed for A.D. San Javier, the  local club  in the town where he was born.

Until  season 2011/ 2012 he lived in both  San Javier and Murcia. In  2012/ 2013 he moved to Madrid to train in CAR where Jorde Marin coached   him until May 2015, when he went back to Murcia to be coached again by Salva Romero.

Since   season 2011 /2012 he has been a member of  the  Spanish  Sport Federation for people with brain paralisis (FEDPC). In that season he became Spanish  champion in 100 metres  and 200 metres sprint  in the Spanish Championship that took place in Basauri (Vizcaya).

Later he was called by the Spanish team to become part of the  national team in the Adapted  Athletics  European Championship that took  place in June 2012 in Stadskanaal (Holand), where  he won  silver medal both in 100 m and 200 m sprint.

His personal records at that time  were 11.80 s in 100 m and 23.98 s in 200 m , which entitled  him to the  Spanish record  in both events in his category (T38) and enabled him to be selected and  join the national team  taking  part in  the  London Paralimpic Games, where he was granted the Olympic Diploma for finishing in 6th place  in 100 m with a record of 11.79 s , which meant  a new Spanish  record and made him the first European to  classify  for the final of that event.  In the  200 m he finished in 7th place, and  a record time of 11.79 s  in the semifinal  meant a new record for Spain just hundredths of a short of the European record and made him  the only European to get  through to the final.

In season 2012 /2013 he suffered a  setback  due to  a back injury which meant that he wasn´t at an optimal level of fitness  to run at Lyon World Championship 2013 . He only managed to give  a lacklustre performance in  the  100m because of having to reduce  to his speed  due to his injury and unfortunately  couldn´t take part in the 200 m . Nevertheless, he managed to retain his Spanish Championship Titles in both the 100 m and the 200 m. He was also able to give outstanding performances in various international meetings  such as Grosseto in Italy which forms part of the  IPC Grand Prix.

The 2013/2014 season was transitional. After receiving information that the 200 m trial wasn´t included  in the Rio Paralimpic Games 2016 , he and his trainer Jorge Marin decided that he should start training for the 400 m trial. During the same season he managed to break the Spanish record finishing in 53.97 s. In the European Championship Swansea, 2014, despite the 400 m event not being included  due to lack of participation, it was a succsess for Lorenzo, who finished 2nd in Europe in the 100 m and the 200 m.

In the 2014/2015 season, as well as gaining  national titles in the 100 , 200 and 400 m in his category, Lorenzo also achieved a well-earned 4th place in the 400 m in the World Championships celebrated in Doha (Qatar).

Outside the world of sports, Lorenzo has given around two hundred conferences and talks in schools, universities, foundations, associations and businesses from 2012 until now.

As for the media, Lorenzo writes a weekly column in the newspaper La Verdad, the most wildly read in the región of Murcia. In his column every Sunday he gives his point of view on current affairs and sports news. On  TV Lorenzo directed and presented a slot for several months on Region of Murcia channel 7, which is the local regional television cannel. He has also colaborated with other media outlets.

In addition, currently he is envolved in a Project together with the Foundation “Chasing a Dream” to achieve through sport  the integration of Young people with diabilities and  Young people at risk of being marginalised in the whole of Spain.

To sum up the most notable aspects of Lorenzo Albaladejo´s sporting career are the following:

  1. Best personal achievements:
  • 100 m: 11.79 s (Spanish Record)
  • 200 m : 23.61 s (Spanish Record)
  • 400 m : 53.97 s (Spanish Record)

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