Patricio Larenas qualified for the Swimming World Cup in Manchester, and secured his presence in Santiago 2023

The Paralympic athlete from Iquique, member of the Teletón Iquique Athletic Club and ParaChile Team, achieved impressive results during his time at World Swimming in Berlin. For their part, former telethon patients Alberto Abarza and Vicente Almunacid achieved gold, silver and minimum scores for their participation in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

As the “dream trip” of the Modified Sports Unit Professor of the Instituto Teletón de Iquique, Eduardo GuiquinParagliding team delegation’s trip to Chile to the World Swimming Championships held in Berlin from May 11 to 14.

The delegation attended former patients and active telethon patients, among them, Alberto Abarza, Vicente Almonacid and Patricio Larenas; from He was ranked World Cup Historic Class in Manchester, England.

La Arenas lowered his times in the 50, 100 and 200m freestyle, which not only earned him a spot in the UK but also made him the first Paralympic athlete from the Tarapaca region to guarantee a place in the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games.

“I felt very happy, as I performed very accurately and according to what was worked on. We have almost 6 months left until the Parapan American Games, and we are preparing as hard as we can physically and mentally to give my best in the competition.”Larinas said.

But not only the role of Patricio Larenas was historical. Paralympic Paralympic swimmers and former Teleton patients, Alberto Abarza And Vincent AlmonasidThey have gold and silver medals and another massive achievement: the minimum score to compete in the next Paralympic Games in Paris 2024.

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for his part Eduardo GuiquinTeletón Iquique professor, Larenas coach and member of the delegation that attended Berlin, confirmed that his experience was “Very good, as it is possible to measure forces with other delegations and learn important details in positions and training sessions.”.

“I think one of the important things about these trips is that the Teletón athletes can see what the disability is like in other parts of the world, where the level of accessibility inclusion is much higher. However, there are no institutions like Teletón and how strong the presence of an institution like Teletón in the country makes us a force in rehabilitation in South America and we really have nothing to envy countries like Germany »Guaiquín judged him.

The next challenges for Team ParaChile will be at the ParaSwimming World Championships in Manchester, which will take place between July 31st and August 6th. This event will be the introduction for Larenas, Abarza and Almonacid in their participation in Santiago 2023.

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