Daniel Dias may make most of the headlines when it comes to Para swimming in Brazil, but S10 swimmers Andre Brasil and Phelipe Rodrigues have also shone on the international stage and will be two to watch at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, from 2-7 December.
Brasil is the second most decorated Para swimmer in the country, having won seven Paralympic golds and 15 World titles. Although he has not claimed a Paralympic or World gold yet, Rodrigues has been among the world’s best for several years.
At last year’s Paralympics, they swam against each other in the men’s 50m freestyle, with Rodrigues coming in second and Brasil in fourth, and in the 100m freestyle, where Brasil sealed silver and Rodrigues bronze.
They also contested both events at the latest edition of the Worlds in Glasgow, Great Britain, in 2015, with Brasil topped the podium closely followed by his compatriot. In Mexico City, they will share the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m butterfly S9-10.
Head to Head
Brasil: Nationality: Brazil. Age: 33
Rodrigues: Nationality: Brazil. Age: 27
Brasil: Games: 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
Medals: 14 (7 golds, 5 silvers, 2 bronze)
Rodrigues: Games: 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
Medals: 7 (5 silvers, 2 bronze)
Brasil: Championships: 4 (2006, 2010, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 24 (15 golds, 7 silvers, 2 bronze)
Rodrigues: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 9 (6 silvers, 3 bronze)
DID YOU KNOW?
Brasil: Took up the sport seriously after watching Canadian swimmer Benoit Huot competing at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games
Rodrigues: When living in England, the city of Manchester named him 2014 Para Sports Achiever of the Year
All Head to Heads can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.