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Tomás PERIBONIO
Sport Swimming
NOC Ecuador   
GenderMen
Born16 Jan 1996 in Miami, FL, USA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gainesville, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Finance, International Business - University of South Carolina: Columbia, SC, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first got in the water at age six months in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He took up the sport at age six.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to start swimming by his brother Michael.
Name of coach
Gregg Troy [personal], USA, from 2019
Training Regime
He trains six days a week at the University of Florida facilities in Gainesville, FL, United States of America.
International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Ecuador
Tournament
Pan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Tomy, Tom (Twitter profile, 08 May 2019; eltelegrafo.com.ec, 20 Nov 2017)
Hobbies
Golf. (Athlete, 27 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in the 400m individual medley at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 27 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
His brother Michael. (eluniverso.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. (eluniverso.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
He was born to Ecuadorian parents in Miami, FL, United States of America, and moved to Ecuador at age two. As a child he spent several years in Ecuador and 10 years in Chile, where his father worked in international trade for the Ecuadorian government. While he was in middle school the family returned to the United States of America and settled in Suwanee, Georgia. He later enrolled at the University of South Carolina. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 17 Aug 2020, 15 Jun 2015)

REPRESENTING ECUADOR
His father suggested that he could compete for Ecuador after his first season swimming at the University of South Carolina in the United States of America. He then contacted the president of Ecuador's swimming federation, Jorge Delgado. "I didn't think swimming would take me this far. And then I had kind of a breakout season my freshman year. That's when my dad reached out to me and said, 'You know, you have an option here. You have the times to be able to do it. Do you want me to go through the process of making the call to Ecuador to get in contact with the swimming federation and the ministry of sport there?' And here we are today. [Representing Ecuador for the first time] gave me a lot of energy, having a flag on the cap rather than a university or a club. You have a country behind you, supporting you. It was something memorable." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 17 Aug 2020, 15 Jun 2015; eluniverso.com, 01 Aug 2018; eltelegrafo.com.ec, 20 Nov 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
36 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:00.62
24 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:18.73
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:17.83
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:00.07
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:17.37
20 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:01.21 
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:57.21
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:51.78
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:06.26
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:55.32
16 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Individual Medley 4:10.27 
37 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 55.82 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:48.48
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Individual Medley 1:58.28
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Lima, PER 400m Individual Medley 4:22.21
4 2019 Lima, PER 200m Individual Medley 2:01.25
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
36 2018   Overall Ranking  
2 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:00.40
3 2018 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:17.02