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.
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