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FARRENBERG Carlos
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthSão Paulo, BRA
Height1.95 m
Weight 95 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Tatyana Braga; daughter Gabriela [2015]
Residence
Santos, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese, English
Higher education
Physical Education - Santa Cecilia University : Santos, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1987 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He learned to swim for safety reasons.
Club / Team
Santa Cecilia University: Santos, BRA
Name of coach
Felipe Domingues, BRA, from 2013; Renato Monteiro Bartholo [club]; Leonardo Tomasello [national], BRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Brazil
General Interest
Nicknames
Carlao (bestswim.com.br, 24 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "This silver was very important. Rio is my third Paralympics, and I did not win a medal at the other two. It is a medal that I dreamed of for a long time." (brasil2016.gov.br, 15 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmer Cesar Cielo Filho, US surfer Kelly Slater. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015; 21 Sep 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "It will probably be my last Paralympic Games." (caixa.gov.br, 14 Nov 2016)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of congenital toxoplasmosis. (brasil2016.gov.br, 15 Sep 2016)
Other information
10-YEAR BREAK
He began swimming at age seven but quit the sport as a teenager, and did not return to the pool for 10 years. "All my dedication was not enough to achieve the goals I wanted. I could not achieve what I expected, so I stopped competing." While at university he played goalball, until one day he learned about a qualification tournament for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. He had been away from swimming for 10 years, but decided to try to qualify. He trained for only a month before the competition, and failed to qualify for the 2004 Games. But, he says the experience gave him the motivation to return to the sport. (caixa.gov.br, 14 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008 50m Freestyle S13 24.62
5 2008 100m Freestyle S13 54.70
5 2008 400m Freestyle S13 4:27.16
14 2008 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:34.19
6 2012 50m Freestyle S13 24.62
8 2012 100m Freestyle S13 54.14
Heats 2012 400m Freestyle S13 4:37.22
Heats 2012 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:28.38
2 2016 50m Freestyle S13 24.17
5 2016 100m Freestyle S13 53.81 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 50m Freestyle S13 25.77
2 2006 100m Freestyle S13 56.57
9 2006 400m Freestyle S13 4:49.17
11 2006 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:29.22
5 2010 50m Freestyle S13 25.08
8 2010 400m Freestyle S13 4:36.13
3 2010 100m Freestyle S13 54.47
4 2013 50m Freestyle S13 24.79
7 2013 100m Freestyle S13 54.73
2 2015 50m Freestyle S13 24.13
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S13 54.49
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Freestyle S13 53.52
2 2009 400m Freestyle S13 4:19.50
3 2009 50m Freestyle S13 24.67
3 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 4:21.01
3 2009 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:54.53
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 50m Freestyle S13 24.43
11 2016 100m Freestyle S13 54.86