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Luis Silva

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Recife, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - Salgado de Oliveira University: Recife, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1995 in Recife, Brazil. After watching the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta on television, he decided to start taking swimming seriously so he could compete at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his therapy, and also to fill up the time while his sister was at ballet classes.
Club / Team
AABB Recife: Brazil
Name of coach
Manoel Souza [club], BRA

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
Pan American Championships
Location
Mexico

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning seven medals at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Pele, Brazilian swimmer Gustavo Borges. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always do your best." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Brazil at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Facebook profile, 02 Dec 2017)

He was part of the relay as the Olympic torch made its way through Recife, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (recife.pe.gov.br, 30 May 2016)
Impairment
He was born with congenital malformation of his lower limbs and his right arm. (brasil2016.gov.br, 05 Aug 2016)
Other information
PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE
He won a total of seven medals competing at the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Although he did not qualify for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, he worked there as a volunteer. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Apr 2017; g1.globo.com, 09 Sep 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a postgraduate degree in sports coaching at the University of Pernambuco in Brazil. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Teams 3 Group C 6
Men's Teams 3 Group C 4
Men's Teams 3 Group C 2
Men's Singles 3 Group H 6
Men's Singles 3 Group H 4
Men's Singles 3 Group H 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Heat 2 4
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 3 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heats 10
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heats 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heats 6
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 7
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heats 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 7
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-04 10
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2017-12-06 9
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 9999
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-07 11