Spanish Paralympic swimmer José Ramón Cantero Elvira competed in this weekend’s Campeonato de Madrid de Larga Distancia in swimming, where he set a time that qualified him for Spain’s national long distance swimming championships in Alcorcón later in the year.
The S12 classified swimmer from Mostoles finished the 3,000 meter freestyle race with a time of 39:16.39, a minute and a half faster than his mark at last year’s championship. He was the only swimmer with a disability competing at the championship. Miguel Bautista of Mairena won the race with a time of 33:24:66, with Francisco José García finishing second in a time of 33:33.80.
Cantero competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where he did not earn a medal. He finished last in his heat in the men’s 50 metre freestyle S12 with a time of 28.41. In the men’s 100 metre freestyle S12, he finished sixth in his heat with a time of 1:00.30. In the men’s 400 metre freestyle S12, he finished fifth in his heat with a time of 4:40.45. In the men’s 200 metre individual medley SM12, he finished last in his heat with a time of 2:32.69. He also finished last in his heat in the men’s 100 metre butterfly S12 with a time of 1:09.20.
Cantero is a member of C.N. Móstoles, and took up the sport when he was six years old.