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Martín López-Zubero

Full name: Martín López-Zubero Purcell
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: April 23, 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Affiliations: CN Sabadell, Sabadell (ESP)
Country: ESP Spain
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Brother of David López-Zubero.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Born in Jacksonville, Florida to a swimming family, Martín López-Zubero’s father was a Spaniard who came to the United States to study medicine. His older brother [David] was also an international level swimmer, who won Olympic bronze in the 100 butterfly at the 1980 Olympics and later coached his younger brother. Holding dual American-Spanish citizenships, Martín López-Zubero decided to represent Spain internationally, like his older brother.

The world’s top backstroker at the start of 1990s, López-Zubero competed at three Olympic Games, two World Championships and five European Championships. He won 1992 Olympic 200 backstroke gold, and was World 200 backstroke champion in 1991 and 100 backstroke champion in 1994. His European titles were in the 100 back in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997; and the 200 back in 1991. He also won both backstroke golds at the 1990 and 1994 Goodwill Games. López-Zubero set three World records during his career, all in 1991 and all in the 200 backstroke. In April 1991, he set a 200 back SCM world record of 1:52.51, followed by LCM world records of 1:57.30, set in August 1991 at the US Nationals, and 1:56.57, set in November 1991 at the Alabama Invitational meet.

López-Zubero retired from swimming in 1998 after graduating from the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance with a bachelor’s degree in recreation. After his graduation, he became a high school swimming coach. He was head coach of the Bolles School, his old high school, and was honored as the “Florida Age Group Coach of the Year” in 1998, 1999 and 2002. He later became head coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. López-Zubero was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in 2004 and the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Personal Bests: 100 m backstroke – 54.96 (1992); 200 m backstroke – 1:56.57 (1991).

Results

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Spain Round One Heat Four 3 58.06 28.21 5 29.85 (1)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Final 4 54.96 26.87 4 28.09 (4)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Round One Heat Five 1 Q 55.37 27.37 =1 28.00 (1)
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Spain Final 4 55.22 26.90 5 28.32 (4)
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Spain Round One Heat Five 2 Q 55.36 27.31 4 28.05 (2)

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Spain B Final 3 2:03.70 29.08 8 1:00.33 7 1:32.11 4 31.25 (5) 31.78 (3) 31.59 (5)
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Spain Round One Heat Five 3 q 2:03.33 29.02 7 1:00.29 6 1:31.88 6 31.27 (3) 31.59 (4) 31.45 (1)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Final 1 OR 1:58.47 28.61 5 58.86 5 1:29.15 3 30.25 (4) 30.29 (1) 29.32 (2)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Round One Heat Six 1 Q 1:59.22 28.53 2 58.72 2 1:29.01 2 30.19 (2) 30.29 (1) 30.21 (3)
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Spain Final 6 2:00.74 28.67 7 59.21 7 1:30.33 6 30.54 (4) 31.12 (7) 30.41 (3)
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Spain Round One Heat Four 2 Q 2:00.77 28.40 2 58.89 4 1:29.81 4 30.49 (4) 30.92 (3) 30.96 (1)

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Final 7 54.19 25.69 8 28.50 (4)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Round One Heat One 1 Q 54.04 25.59 1 28.45 (1)

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Spain Round One Heat Five 7T 2:10.52 27.73 5 59.51 1 1:39.49 6 31.78 (1) 39.98 (8) 31.03 (6)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain B Final 1 2:03.34 26.92 2 58.11 1 1:34.37 2 31.19 (2) 36.26 (5) 28.97 (2)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain Round One Heat Six 3 q 2:03.07 26.41 1 56.82 1 1:33.35 2 30.41 (1) 36.53 (5) 29.72 (6)

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Spain Round One Heat Four 6 4:35.68 59.75 4 2:07.67 4 3:30.20 6 1:07.92 (3) 1:22.53 (6) 1:05.48 (6)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER 5dT
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Spain ESP Round One Heat Four 5 58.05 58.05 7
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Spain ESP Round One Heat Three 4 55.72 55.72 3 27.60
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