Manuel Garnica Roldan

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Manuel Garnica Roldan
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Sport
Country  Spain
Sport Track and field (T12)

Manuel Garnica Roldan (born August 25, 1978 in Granada, Spain) is a Paralympic athlete from Spain. He is blind, and has retinitis pigmentosa. This means his eye sight gets worse over time. Garnica competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics and finished sixth in the T12 marathon. He did not finish in the 10,000 meter race. He competed in other races, most in Spain. 2011 IPC World Athletics Championships in Christchurch in the marathon where he finished fourth.

Personal[change | change source]

Garnica was born August 25, 1978 in Granada, Spain.[1] His father was a police officer.[2] While born in Granada, his family moved to Valencia when he was a baby.[2] His parents learned about his eye sight problem when he was two years old. Doctors learned he had retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that means he sees worse over time. When he was a nine-year-old, he learned to read using braille after his eyesight got worse. He played basketball and handball when he was a boy.[2]

Garnica moved to Madrid to study physiotherapy and become a physical education teacher.[2] In 2009, he got an award for best athlete with a disability at the Onda Cero Sport Awards.[3][4][5]

Athletics[change | change source]

Garnica started in athletics after his eyesight got really bad,[2] and is a T12 long distance track and field races.[1]

In 2004, Garnica competed in a Fun Run in Cordoba. He finished in third.[6] In 2007, he competed in the Cross Christmas of Fatima Race.[7] In 2008, he competed in the Ruta de la Miel Race and he finished ninth.[8]

Garnica competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics where he finished six in the T12 marathon and did not finish in the 10,000 meter race.[1][9]

In 2009, Garnica did not run fast enough to go to the European Athletics Championships.[10] In 2009, he came in second in the Memorial Adolfo Rivera race with a time of 30.55, one second behind the person who finished first, Joaquín de la Vega de la Coba.[11] He competed in the Subida al Santuario Virgen de la Sierra Race where he finished number two with a time of 1.3:59.[12] He participated in the Paternal Gran Fondo Half Marathon, where he finished fifth.[13] In 2010, he competed in the City of Villa del Rio Race, where he finished first in the 500 meter race.[14] That year, he also competed in the 'A goal for all' 10 km race, where he came in first in the men's vision impaired group.[15] In 2011, his guide runner was Maribel Díaz. The pair competed in the Race of Trinity, which they won with a time of 30:19. The race was the first in the Spanish Provisional Racing Circuit.[16] He also competed in the Villafranca de Cordoba Solidarity Race in 2011.[17] He also competed in the 2011 Cordoba Half Marathon, where he came in first in the men's vision impaired group.[18]

Garnica competed at the 2011 IPC World Athletics Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand and finished fourth in the T12 marathon. He was one of two Spanish runners competing in the marathon. He qualified for the 2011 IPC Championships after setting a qualifying time of 2.35:54 in the Sevilla Marathon. His guide runner for the two races was Joaquin de la Vega.[1][19]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Biografías" (in Spanish). Spain: Comité Paralímpico Español. 2012. http://www.paralimpicos.es/web/2008PEKPV/participantes/datosbiografia.asp?idatleta=20825857R. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "MANUEL GARNICA ROLDAN : Una carrera contra sí mismo — Local — Diario Córdoba" (in Spanish). Diariocordoba.com. 2011-02-27. http://www.diariocordoba.com/noticias/cordobaandalucia/manuel-garnica-roldan-una-carrera-contra-si-mismo_620246.html. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  3. "Onda Cero premia a la selección de baloncesto en su gala anual - Deportes - Diario Córdoba" (in Spanish). Diariocordoba.com. http://www.diariocordoba.com/noticias/cordobaandalucia/onda-cero-premia-a-seleccion-de-baloncesto-en-su-gala-anual_466986.html. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  4. "Orenga recogerá el Premio que otorga Onda Cero Córdoba a la Selección Española Absoluta Masculina - Baloncesto" (in Spanish). ES-M: Feb.es. http://www.feb.es/NoticiaDesarrollo.aspx?idNoticia=25479. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  5. "La selección española será premiada en la IX Gala del Deporte de Córdoba - Baloncesto" (in Spanish). ES-M: Feb.es. 2009-02-17. http://www.feb.es/NoticiaDesarrollo.aspx?idNoticia=25220. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  6. "Manuel Cárdenas se pasea — Deportes — Diario Córdoba" (in Spanish). Diariocordoba.com. 2004-10-25. http://www.diariocordoba.com/noticias/cordobaandalucia/manuel-cardenas-se-pasea_150916.html. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  7. "Laureano García y Eva Mª Langa favoritos en Fátima" (in Spanish). Minuto90. 2007-12-12. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100006112. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  8. "José Bueno logra la victoria, por tercera vez consecutiva, en el X Ruta de la Miel" (in Spanish). Minuto90. 2008-11-09. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100012561. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  9. "China, cordoba y el espiritu olimpico — Opinión — Diario Córdoba" (in Spanish). Diariocordoba.com. http://www.diariocordoba.com/noticias/cordobaandalucia/china-cordoba-y-espiritu-olimpico_423175.html. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  10. "Garnica no logró la mínima para el Europeo de invidentes" (in Spanish). Minuto90. 2009-05-15. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100016438&p=-1. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  11. "Joaquín de la Vega se impone en el Memorial Adolfo Rivera" (in Spanish). Minuto90. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?ampliar=100014385&p=-1&page=62. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  12. "Rafa Bermúdez y Loli Jiménez logran la victoria en Cabra" (in Spanish). Minuto90. 2009-11-01. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100019423. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  13. "Hassane Ahouchar se corona de nuevo en Paterna - Superdeporte" (in Spanish). Superdeporte.es. 2009-11-29. http://www.superdeporte.es/portada/2009/11/30/hassane-ahouchar-corona-nuevo-paterna/79582.html. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  14. "Nuevo doblete de José Bueno e Inma Cantero en Villa del Río" (in Spanish). Minuto90. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100024886. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  15. "Más de 9.000 corredores en una carrera para todos | Madrid" (in Spanish). elmundo.es. http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/05/30/madrid/1275242954.html. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  16. "Garníca y Díaz se hacen con el triunfo en la Carrera de Trinitarios" (in Spanish). Cordobadeporte.Com. 2011-02-20. http://www.cordobadeporte.com/noticia.php?id_noticia=14651. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  17. "Dominio de Francisco J. Castro e Inma Cantero en Villafranca" (in Spanish). Minuto90. 2011-03-06. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100028788&p=-1. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  18. "Galán y Jiménez vencen en la Media Maratón de Córdoba" (in Spanish). Minuto90. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100034116&p=-1. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  19. "Garnica luchará por una medalla en la Pre-Olimpiada de Christchurch" (in Spanish). Minuto90. 2011-01-28. http://www.minuto90.com/index.php?page=62&ampliar=100028007&p=-1. Retrieved July 1, 2013.

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