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Sport Para athletics
NPC Brazil   
Place of BirthBelém, BRA
Height1.78 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Lorranny
São Paulo, BRA
Higher education
Physical Education - School of Mother Celeste [ESMAC]: Brazil
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics at age eight as part of a sports introduction programme in Belem, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He wanted to run, so his mother Claudia asked coach Suzete Montalvao if her son could train with the able-bodied athletes.
Club / Team
Esporte Clube Pinheiros: São Paulo, BRA
Name of coach
Amaury Verissimo [national], BRA
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Beijing, CHN
General Interest
Playing video games, going to the cinema, collecting miniature cars, extreme sports, hiking, cycling, skateboarding. (, 24 Jun 2014)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 17 Feb 2011)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, Brazilian sprinter Robson da Silva. (, 24 Jun 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It doesn't matter what you dream, what matters is to dream and make it come true." (Athlete, 17 Feb 2011)
Awards and honours
He carried the Olympic torch through Brasilia, Brazil during the relay for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 03 May 2016)

He was named the 2013 Brazilian Athletics Competitor of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (, 12 Dec 2013)

He was named the Best Male Athlete at the CPB's 2012 Paralympic Awards. (, 19 Dec 2012)

Following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he received the Order of Merit from the Para state government in Brazil. (, 15 Sep 2012)
He had an intestinal infection that caused septicaemia shortly after birth. Both his legs were amputated above the knee 21 days after he was born. (, 08 Mar 2013;, 28 Feb 2013)
Other information
He took a break from competition after the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France due to exhaustion. "An athlete needs rest, he is not a machine. Every day in the same routine, waking up early and taking your body to the extreme. I thought it was necessary to take that break." He returned in time to compete in the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (, 03 Jul 2015)

He ran with wooden prosthetics until age 15 when he met Brazilian para-triathlete Rivaldo Martins at a race in Belem, Brazil. Martins contacted the Challenged Athletes Foundation [CAF] in San Diego, CA, United States of America, and helped him to obtain specialised running prosthetics. He raced with his first pair of carbon fibre prosthetics in May 2007 and a month later became Brazilian champion, which secured his selection for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 08 Mar 2013; 28 Mar 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008 200m T44 24.21
2 2008 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.25
1 2012 200m T44 21.45
  2012 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
7 2012 100m T44 11.33
4 2012 400m T44 51.59
Round 1 2016 100m T44 11.26
2 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 42.04
Round 1 2016 200m T44 22.63
Round 1 2016 400m T44  DNS
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2011 200m T44  DSQ
3 2011 100m T44 11.43
3 2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 43.43
1 2013 200m T43 20.66
1 2013 100m T43 10.80
1 2013 400m T44 48.58
2 2013 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 41.72
2 2015 200m T44 22.04
3 2015 100m T44 11.02