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Esteban ENDERICA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Ecuador   
GenderMen
Born30 Oct 1990 in Cuenca, ECU
Height1.77 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Gabriela
Residence
Cuenca, ECU
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Why this sport?
He saw that his brothers were good at the sport, and he wanted to be like them.
Club / Team
Club Hermanos Enderica Salgado: Cuenca, ECU
Name of coach
Juan Fernando Enderica [club, national, brother], ECU
Training Regime
He trains up to eight hours daily in two sessions. He swims up to 18 kilometres per day as well as taking strength training sessions at the gym.
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Ecuador
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 10km open water event at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Comite Olimpico Ecuatoriano Facebook page, 07 Aug 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
His brothers. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Injuries
He was affected by a shoulder injury in 2021. (elmercurio.com.ec, 07 Jan 2022)

In 2017 he sustained a superior labrum anterior to posterior [SLAP] tear in his left shoulder that kept him out of competition for almost a year. (eltelegrafo.com.ec, 31 May 2018)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the Best Athlete of 2018 Award by the Azuay Province Association of Sports Journalists in Ecuador. (Facebook page, 26 Apr 2019)

In 2012 he and his brothers Juan Fernando, Xavier and Santiago were presented with the Vicente Rocafuerte Medal for Sports Merit by the National Assembly of Ecuador. (Facebook page, 03 Dec 2018; deporte.gob.ec, 01 Jun 2012)
Other sports
He has represented Ecuador in both swimming and open water swimming. In the pool, he competed at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. He also won gold in the 10km open water swimming event at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Feb 2022)
Milestones
He became the first open water swimmer representing Ecuador to win gold at the Pan American Games when he was victorious in the 10km event at the 2019 Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
His older brothers Juan Fernando, Xavier, and Santiago and his cousin Ivan have all competed in swimming at an elite level. Santiago placed seventh in the 25km open water event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. Juan Fernando has also coached at national level in Ecuador. Xavier served as the Minister of Sports in Ecuador between 2015 and 2017. Ivan won gold in the 5km open water event at the 2016 South American Championships in Asuncion, Paraguay. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Feb 2022; elcomercio.com, 06 Jun 2019; pichinchauniversal.com.ec, 23 Apr 2019; eltiempo.com.ec, 28 Feb 2019, 02 Jan 2017; eluniverso.com, 19 Jan 2017, 02 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (elmercurio.com.ec, 07 Jan 2022; lared.com.ec, 04 Aug 2021)
Other information
BREAK AND RETURN
He took a break from competition after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I had spent almost eight years training hard so I decided to take a break to regain strength and enthusiasm in order to continue representing Ecuador in international competitions." He also sustained a left shoulder injury that kept him from swimming. He returned to competition in late 2017 at an event in Brazil after a 14-month break from the sport. "It was a year of learning, I learned to value the sport, my body and competitions." (coe.org.ec, 24 Mar 2017; eltiempo.com.ec, 17 Nov 2017; eltelegrafo.com.ec, 31 May 2018; hermanosenderica.com, 31 May 2018)

CLUB
He trains at the Hermanos Enderica Salgado [Enderica Salgado Brothers] Swimming School in Cuenca, Ecuador. The school was founded by his brother Juan Fernando in 1996 and it serves as a club for swimmers and triathletes. (hermanosenderica.com, 14 Jul 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:10.15
29 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:24.32
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:03.17
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:20.58
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 2:01.46
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 15:27.90
Heats 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:56.30
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:17.22
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 16:07.59
44 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:33.73 
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Freestyle 4:07.58
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:50.46
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:16.74
20 2014 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 14:51.93
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:50.21
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:14.60
19 2012 Istanbul, TUR 1500m Freestyle 14:59.67
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 1:49.10
15 2010 Dubai, UAE 1500m Freestyle 15:04.41
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:16.38
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 3:50.41
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 400m Individual Medley 4:26.43
6 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 200m Individual Medley 2:05.10
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:48:07.3
20 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:48.3
9 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 56:45.9
30 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 58:17.9
39 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:01:48.8
  2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km  DNF
31 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 5km 1:03:29.0
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
52 2021   10km  
22 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:33.1
  2020   10km  
19 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:08.1
117 2019   10km  
31 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:57.6
32 2018   10km  
9 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:56:19.20
28 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:23.7
7 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:15
5 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:12.2
3 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:09
2 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:10.00
6 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:18.96
9 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:56:51
19 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:39.6
15 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:57:07.60
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 10km 1:59:22.7