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Andre Brasil

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Son Leonardo
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - IBMR: Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six months with his parents. He took up the sport seriously after watching Canadian swimmer Benoit Huot compete at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. He had previously taken part in able-bodied competitions.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged him to try the sport. "Swimming allowed me to put my impairment to one side."

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Durban, RSA

General interest

Nicknames
Perninha (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Hobbies
Playing with his son Leonardo, going to the beach, watching films. (andrebrasil.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (blog.hammerhead.com.br, 19 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Canadian Para swimmer Benoit Huot, Brazilian Para swimmer Clodoaldo Silva, and his parents. (ParalympicSportTV, 25 Aug 2012; Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmer Clodoaldo Silva, Brazilian swimmer Gustavo Borges. (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in May 2018 and was out of action until February 2019. (Instagram profile, 22 Feb 2019; olimpiadatododia.com.br, 20 Feb 2019)

In 2014 doctors discovered he had five hernias. He required nine months of rehabilitation and also worked with a psychologist to put the injury into perspective. (folha.uol.com.br, 28 Aug 2016; paralympic.org, 03 Jun 2015)

He missed three months of competition in 2007 after suffering from tendinopathy in both shoulders. (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (paralympic.org, 03 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Brazil at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (globoesporte.globo.com, 10 Nov 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 15 Nov 2018)
Impairment
The impairment to his left leg is a result of the effects of a polio vaccine he had as a child. He underwent eight operations before he was age eight, and his left leg is five centimetres shorter than his right. (caixa.gov.br, 08 Nov 2017; andrebrasil.com, 18 Sep 2016; folha.uol.com.br, 28 Aug 2016)
Other information
INELIGIBILITY
In April 2019 he underwent reclassification ahead of the World Series event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had spent the previous 14 years competing in the S10 category but after the mandatory reclassification, which all Para swimmers were required to undertake following a reworking of the classification process in 2018, he was told that he would not be able to compete in freestyle, butterfly or backstroke but he was still eligible for breastroke events. The Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB] filed an official protest with the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] over Brasil's ineligibility. "They doubted me when I became a Paralympic athlete but my limitation has not changed since then. There was no improvement or worsening of the condition. I only have losses because I am going to age with the years of training and effort as an athlete," Brasil said. (swimswam.com, 02 May 2019; globoesporte.globo.com, 25 Apr 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2012-08-30 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2012-08-30 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2012-08-31 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-08-31 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 3 2012-09-01 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2012-09-04 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 3 2012-09-04 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-09-05 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-05 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2012-09-06 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-12 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2013-08-15 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2013-08-16 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2013-08-17 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2013-08-17 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-13 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2015-07-16 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2015-07-17 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2015-07-18 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2016-09-10 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2016-09-12 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2016-09-12 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2016-09-13 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-13 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-15 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2017-12-06 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-07 1