Brazilian athletes in hunt for Worlds qualification

The World Para Swimming World Series and World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Sao Paulo are important for Brazil’s national stars. 19 Apr 2017
A swimmer celebrates winning gold

Daniel Dias of Brazil celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Backstroke - S5 Final on day 9 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium on September 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

By By Brazilian Paralympic Committee and IPC

More than 300 athletes from around the world, including some of Brazil’s most successful names, will compete at the Loterias Caixa Open Championships in swimming and athletics between 21-23 April in Sao Paulo.

The competitions, which are part of the World Para Swimming World Series and World Para Athletics Grand Prix, are one of the main qualification events for Brazilians for this summer’s World Championships.

Competitors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico and Peru will also line -up. In total there will be 181 track and field athletes, and 135 swimmers.

Among the entries for Brazil are 14-time Paralympic swimming champion Daniel Dias and seven-time champion Andre Brasil, as well as Edenia Garcia and Joana Neves.

Sprinters Petrucio Ferreira, the 100m T47 gold medal winner from Rio 2016, and fellow medallists Yohansson Nascimento, Terezinha Guilhermina, Alessandro Silva and Claudiney Batista are amongst the athletes who will take to the track and field.

Both athletics and swimming events will take place at the Brazilian Paralympic Training Centre and are free to watch.



Friday, 21 – Saturday, 22 April

9am to 11am - 4pm to 6pm (BRT)

Sunday, 23 April

9am to 11am


21 April

3:30pm to 5:40pm

22 April

9am to 12pm - 3:30pm to 6:45pm

23 April

9am to 12.30pm

The 2017 World Para Athletics Championships take place in London, Great Britain, from 14-23 July and will feature around 1,300 athletes from 100 countries. Tickets are still available.

The Mexico 2017 World Para Swimming Championships will be held from 30 September-6 October, with around 550 swimmers from more than 60 countries competing.