#APCTop20 - No.7: Daniel Dias wins 11 golds26.07.2017
Brazilian swimmer performs a clean sweep at 2011 Parapans.
Dias was only starting to show what he was capable of and would lead him to become his country’s most decorated Paralympian ever.
As we approach the Americas Paralympic Committee’s (APC) 20th anniversary on 1 August, Daniel Dias’ outstanding performance on Mexican soil enters at No.7 at the APC Top 20 Moments in History.
“My goal was not to win 11 golds but to give the best of myself.”
“It was a great event where I had the privilege to finish top of the individual medals table. I have many good memories from it,” he said.
Three years before, Dias had claimed four golds, four silvers and one bronze. He followed that up with eight world titles in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 2011.
Few doubted he would leave Guadalajara 2011 as a multiple-Parapan American champion but almost none would have bet Dias could win all his 11 events.
“My goal was not to win 11 golds but to give the best of myself,” he said.
“In terms of number of medals I won it was definitely one of the best performances I have ever delivered,” he said. “All of them were very important to me and I recall that event with great affection.”
The Brazilian also added four golds in the relays: 4x50m medley 20pts, 4x50m freestyle 20pts, 4x100m freestyle 34pts and 4x100m medley 34pts.
“We worked very well as a team. I am very thankful to my teammates because they swam so well that we could win all those events,” he said.