male powerlifter Evanio da Silva

Evanio Da Silva


Evanio Da Silva has become Brazil’s best powerlifter after achieving several historic results in recent years.

In 2018, Da Silva took silver in the men’s up to 88kg at the Americas Open Championships in Bogota, Colombia, and the European Open Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France. In December 2017, he won his first World Championships medal, a bronze in Mexico City.

He also claimed Brazil’s first ever powerlifting medal at his home Paralympics at Rio 2016, with silver in the men’s up to 88kg.

His lift of 210kg was a career best, as he pulled out all the stops to win a medal.

Having debuted in 2010 in the then up to 67.5kg, Da Silva has slowly moved up the weight categories over the years.

He did not compete at London 2012, but two years later did enter the 2014 World Championships. There he missed out on the podium in the men’s up to 88kg, but his sixth place finish was encouraging for his debut.

Following that result, Da Silva shredded down to enter the up to 80kg where he won the title at the 2015 Americas Open Championships. The same year he went on to claim gold at the Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada, with a new Games record.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Higher education
Physical Education - Max Planck Faculty: Indaiatuba, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2010 in Praia Grande, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He enjoyed lifting weights and was invited to try powerlifting by a friend.
Club / Team
Associacao Esportiva de Apoio aos Atletas [AESA-ITU]: Itu, BRA
Name of coach
Valdecir Lopes [club, national], BRA

International debut

Competing for
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Bahia (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 88kg weight category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never abandon your dreams." (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2013 and 2016 he was named Powerlifter of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (, 02 Dec 2016, 12 Dec 2013)
He became the first Brazilian Para powerlifter to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when he claimed silver at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Nov 2018;, 22 Jun 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 04 Apr 2017)
He has a shortened right leg as a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age six months. (Athlete, 07 Jun 2019, 06 Dec 2017;, 19 Sep 2016;, 13 Sep 2016)
Other information
In January 2017 he opened the Evanio Da Silva Academia gym in his hometown of Cicero Dantas, Brazil. (, 04 Apr 2017)


Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-09 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -88 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00kg Final 2017-12-06 3