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Bruno Carra

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Family
Wife Denise
Residence
Salto, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Information Technology
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Computer Engineering - Sorocaba Engineering School [FACENS]: Brazil

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Why this sport?
"Achondroplasia caused me to feel a lot of pain in my body. In search of a better quality of life I started to go to the gym. Five years later I discovered powerlifting."
Club / Team
Associacao Esportiva de Apoio ao Atletas [AESA]: Itu, BRA
Name of coach
Valdecir Lopes [national], BRA

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Guadalajara, MEX

General interest

Nicknames
Bubu [given to him by his family as a child]. (Facebook profile, 18 Mar 2021; Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Hobbies
Watching animated television and films. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fourth in the 54kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Injuries
In 2013 he sustained a back injury while training at the gym without his coach. He required surgery and returned to training three months later. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be a nice guy, have faith and never give up." (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Para Powerlifter of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. (globoesporte.globo.com, 04 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in Para ju-jitsu in Brazil. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Ambitions
To break the world record in his category. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Impairment
He was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 23 May 2019)
Other information
SANCTION
He was suspended from competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London after testing positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test days before the opening ceremony. He told an International Paralympic Committee [IPC] hearing that the diuretic and masking agent hydrochlorothiazide found its way into his system via green tea tablets he consumed the day before the test. The IPC conducted its own tests on the tablets and found they did contain the prohibited substance, despite it not being stated on the bottle's list of ingredients. He subsequently received a nine-month competition ban instead of the standard two years, beginning in August 2012 and ending in May 2013. (brasil.gov.br, 04 Apr 2016; independent.co.uk, 09 Sep 2012; theaustralian.com.au, 06 Sep 2012)

OCCUPATION
He works as a software engineer. (Facebook profile, 18 Mar 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 59.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-06 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -54 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 59.00kg Final 2017-12-03 7