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Matheus Sousa

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Family
Wife Andreia
Residence
Brusque, BRA
Languages
Portuguese, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three in Brusque, Brazil. He took up Para swimming in 2006.
Why this sport?
Doctors advised him to take up swimming to help with a bronchitis issue he had developed from birth.
Name of coach
Matheus Diegoli

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the S11 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vavel.com, 23 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmers Andre Brasil and Daniel Dias. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015, 21 Aug 2010)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on both shoulders in 2017. He returned to competition in August 2018. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 18 Oct 2018)

In 2015 he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after becoming unusually tired after training. (municipiomais.com.br, 11 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport brings life." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Impairment
He was born with retinopathy of prematurity. The vision impairment affects some babies that are born prematurely. (cpb.org.br, 01 Jun 2019; vavel.com, 23 Dec 2017)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
A documentary of his journey to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was released in August 2016 entitled 'Do Outro Lado: A Conquista de Matheus Rheine' [On the Other Side: The Conquest of Matheus Rheine]. (omunicipio.com.br, 21 Sep 2016; espn.com.br, 29 Aug 2016; imdb.com, 24 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-08-31 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-01 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-07 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-07 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-15 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-13 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-13 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-14 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-14 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-17 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-17 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-12 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-15 1