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