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Francisco Elione Silva

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Residence
Fortaleza, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - Estacio University: Brazil

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Clube Nautico Atletico Cearense: Maracanaú, BRA

General interest

Awards and honours
He carried the torch as the relay made its way through Aracati, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (globoesporte.globo.com, 07 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para triathlon and Para swimming at international level. (Facebook profile, 05 Apr 2017; sistema.cbdaweb.org.br, 28 May 2016; globoesporte.globo.com, 17 Aug 2015)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a traffic accident in 2010. (globoesporte.globo.com, 07 Jun 2016; globoesporte.globo.com, 17 Aug 2015)
Other information
COMPETING WITHOUT A PROSTHESIS
He has also competed in Para triathlon, and was forced to use crutches in the running section as he did not have a prosthesis. However, he was able to raise enough money to purchase an artificial limb that allowed him to run through an internet crowd funding campaign in November 2015. "I can't put the feeling into words. I haven't been able to run for almost six years since my amputation," he said at the time. (norteandovoce.com.br, 14 Nov 2015; tribunadoceara.uol.com.br, 20 Oct 2015; globoesporte.globo.com, 17 Aug 2015)