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Clodoaldo Silva

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Anita
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1996 in Natal, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation.

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens, GRE

General interest

Nicknames
Tubarao Paraolimpico [Paralympic Shark]. (Facebook profile, 09 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
His mother Maria, and his family. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian motor racing driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He was out of competition between 2013 and 2014 with two herniated discs. (globo.com, 18 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The taste of defeat is better than the shame of not having tried." (clodoaldosilva.com.br, 09 Apr 2010)
Awards and honours
He lit the Paralympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2016)

He was named 2005 Athlete of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (Facebook page, 10 Mar 2015)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the movement of his legs and motor coordination. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive sport after participating at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Now that I have retired, I want to continue inspiring people with or without impairment. I retired from the pool, but the work continues outside." (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2016)

DOCUMENTARY STAR
In January 2016 a documentary on him titled 'Clodoaldo Silva, o Tubarao das Piscinas' [Clodoaldo Silva, the Shark of the Pools] was aired by ESPN. (cpb.org.br, 12 Jan 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has given motivational speaking seminars, as well as hosting radio and television programmes in Brazil. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 6
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 1
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 9999
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 1
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heats 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 9999
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 1
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Heat 1 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heat 2 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-08-30 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-08-30 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-09-01 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2012-09-07 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-09-08 9999
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2013-08-18 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2015-07-13 5
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-15 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-17 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-19 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 2016-09-09 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-12 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-17 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-17 8