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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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male boccia player Maciel Santos

Maciel Sousa Santos

Boccia
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Santos captured the BC2 individual gold at the 2017 Americas Championship and secured big wins at the two following World Open competitions to move up to No. 2 in the world.

The Brazilian had a memorable Paralympics debut after winning individual gold at London 2012, but those expectations could not be carried over into Rio. He did not make it out of the pool stages after a 4-3 loss to South Korea’s Jeong So Yeong saw him finish in 11th place.

At the 2018 World Championships, he won his pool stage but failed to make it to the medal matches.

Santos was born with cerebral palsy and began to practice boccia when he was 11. Three years later he was already representing Brazil in international competitions. For almost a decade he has lived in Mogi das Cruzes, near Sao Paulo, where he practices with Dirceu Pinto, another Paralympic gold medallist.

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Team BC1-2 Pool A 2012-09-02 3
Mixed Team BC1-2 Pool A 2012-09-02 2
Mixed Team BC1-2 Quarterfinal 2012-09-03 303
Mixed Individual BC2 1/16th final 2012-09-05 505
Mixed Individual BC2 Quarterfinal 2012-09-06 302
Mixed Individual BC2 1/8th final 2012-09-06 403
Mixed Individual BC2 Semifinal 2012-09-07 201
Mixed Individual BC2 Gold Medal Match 2012-09-08 101
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Team BC1-2 Pool C 2016-09-10 3
Mixed Team BC1-2 Pool C 2016-09-10 1
Mixed Team BC1-2 Pool C - Standings 2016-09-10 1
Mixed Team BC1-2 Quarterfinal 2016-09-11 4
Mixed Individual BC2 Pool B 2016-09-13 1
Mixed Individual BC2 Pool B 2016-09-14 3
Mixed Individual BC2 Pool B - Standings 2016-09-14 2