Daniel Dias24 May 1988 Campinas, Brazil
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle; 50m backstroke; Silver: 100m breaststroke; 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points; mixed 4x50m freestyle relay 20 points; Bronze: 50m butterfly; 4x100m medley relay 34 points
- 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 4 x 50m freestyle relay 20 points; Silver: 4 x 100m freestyle relay 34 points
- 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 4 x 50m freestyle relay 20 points; Silver: 50m butterfly and 4 x 50m freestyle relay 34 points
- London 2012 Paralympic Games - Gold: 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke & 100m breaststroke
- 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle; 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 5 x50m medley relay; Silver: 4x100m freestyle relay
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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.
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.
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