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Daniel Dias

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Daniel Dias confirmed his status as Brazil’s most decorated Paralympian ever with four gold, three silver and two bronze medals at his home Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.

The swimmer has already won a staggering 24 medals over three Paralympic Games and is probably hoping to add more in four-years-time in Tokyo, Japan.

Earlier in 2016, Dias received the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for a third time, which is also a record, as he won in 2009 and 2013.

In 2015, Dias brought his career world title count to 24 from four editions at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Dias left once again as the most decorated athlete with eight gold medals from all events.

The year also ended well for the Brazilian with the birth of his second son.

Born in 1988, Dias was inspired to take up Para swimming after seeing fellow Brazilian Clodoaldo Silva at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

His first World Championships were in 2006, and he left Durban, South Africa as a three-time world champion.

At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games he made a significant impact, winning a total of nine medals, including four golds. His medal haul made him the most decorated athlete at the Games, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Laureus who presented him with the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award in 2009.

That same year, he also won eight individual golds and three relay silvers at the IPC Swimming World Championships Short Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A year later he was pretty much unbeatable at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands winning eight gold and a silver medal.

He was in even more impressive form at the 2011 Parapan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The S5 swimmer claimed gold medals in all 11 events he competed in.

London 2012 saw him win six golds and set four world records, and he won the Laureus Award once again for his achievements in March 2013.

When he retires he wants to encourage youngsters with an impairment to take up Para swimming.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Family
Wife Raquel, children Asaph, Daniel and Hadassa [2019]
Residence
Bragança Paulista, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Marketing - Mackenzie Presbyterian University: São Paulo, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching Brazilian swimmer Clodoaldo Silva compete at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Club / Team
Instituto Daniel Dias: Bragança Paulista, BRA
Name of coach
Leonardo Tomasello, BRA

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA

General interest

Hobbies
Playing the drums. (globoesporte.globo.com, 27 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (odia.ig.com.br, 11 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Disability is a limiting word that classifies a person. We all have deficiencies and limits. I am not a disabled athlete, I am a Paralympic athlete." (arenasports.com.br, 03 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
He received the 2018 Walter Schmidt Trophy, an award that acknowledges the contribution of individuals who work for the development of the Brazilian health sector. (torcedores.com, 24 May 2018)

He was named Para Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB] in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. (cpb.org.br, 06 Dec 2018; globoesporte.globo.com, 04 Dec 2017, 07 Dec 2016; cielosports.com.br, 03 Apr 2013)

He was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the CPB in 2011, 2013 and 2017. (globoesporte.globo.com, 04 Dec 2017, 07 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year by GQ Brazil magazine. (sportv.globo.com, 10 Jan 2017; paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he was named an Honorary Citizen of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. (orsm.com.br, 04 Feb 2017)

He won the Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year award in 2009, 2013 and 2016. (rio2016.com, 19 Apr 2016; globo.com, 14 Mar 2013; paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2013)

He was named Para Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Dec 2017; gazetaesportiva.com, 12 Jan 2017)

He was Brazil's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (abril.com.br, 17 Jul 2012)
Milestones
During the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he took his total of Paralympic medals to 24 and became the most successful male Paralympic swimmer of all time. His success at the 2016 Games [where he won a total of nine medals] ensured he surpassed the previous record of 23, held by Australian Matthew Cowdrey. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 May 2017; paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (terra.com.br, 09 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was born without hands. His right arm stopped at his elbow, while his left arm was also shorter and had just a single finger. His right leg finishes at his knee and he has no foot, so he uses a prosthetic to walk. (istoe.com.br, 30 Nov 2012)
Other information
INSTITUTE
In 2014 he established the Instituto Daniel Dias in Braganca Paulista, Brazil, which aims to support new Para athletes as they take up the sport. "I believe in sport as a way of social inclusion. We might not be champions in sport, but we can be champions in life." (jtv.com.br, 13 Feb 2017; orsm.com.br, 04 Feb 2017)

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 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 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 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 3 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 3 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 1
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 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 4
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heats 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 6
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 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-08-30 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-08-30 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 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 Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 3 2012-09-06 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 3 2012-09-07 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2013-08-12 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2013-08-13 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2013-08-14 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2013-08-14 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2013-08-15 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 9999
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2013-08-18 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-15 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2015-07-16 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-17 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-17 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2015-07-18 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-19 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2016-09-10 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-12 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2016-09-16 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2016-09-16 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-17 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-17 1
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 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2017-12-04 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2017-12-05 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 9999