This week’s Superhero Sunday comes courtesy of Brazil’s Yohansson Nascimento. The Paralympic and world 200m T46 champion takes to the track in front of his home crowds next week (23-25 April) as the 2015 IPC Athletics Grand Prix series moves to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nascimento smashed his own 200m world record in Lyon, France, at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, taking the gold medal in a time of 21.91 - the first sub-22 second run in his class.
The 27-year-old will be hoping that superb form continues this year as he looks to defend his title at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October.
Here are Yohansson’s three heroes:
Antonio Delfino (Brazilian Paralympic gold medallist)
Antonio Delfino, from Brasília, is a runner of the same class as me. He inspired me when I was a rookie. He is a dedicated athlete and I would like to get as many medals as he has.
My current coach is Amaury Veríssimo. He is like a father to me and has been my coach since 2012. It’s a real friendship and he gives me a lot of advice. He always helped me and I like him very much.
Roseane dos Santos (Brazilian Paralympic gold medallist)
Roseane dos Santos, also known as Rosinha; I’ve trained with her in Maceio and I’ve learned a lot from her.
Nascimento is set to be one of 1,300 athletes from 90 countries who compete at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships which take place in Doha, Qatar, between 22-31 October.