Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos
The Brazilian claimed two gold medals – the 100m and 200m T47 - at the London 2017 World Championships, living up to expectations after winning his first major global title on home soil at the 2016 Rio Games.
Injury had ruled Ferreira out of the World Championships in 2015, but he had already made a big impression that year, despite only beginning his racing career in 2014.
At the Sao Paolo Grand Prix in April 2015, Ferreira got the better of his compatriot, the Paralympic and world champion Yohansson Nascimento, setting a new world record in the 200m T47.
He clocked 21.49, knocking an impressive 0.25 seconds off the previous T47 world record set by Australia’s Heath Francis back in 2008.
Ferreira went on to clinch double sprint gold at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada in August 2015. But an injury to his thigh just weeks before the World Championships meant he was not able to compete in Qatar.
Still, Ferreira, who had his left arm amputated below the elbow aged two after an accident with a grinding machine, bounced back and lined up at the 2016 Paralympic Games as the favourite for gold in the men’s 100m T47.
The young sprinter didn’t disappoint, breaking the world record in the heats and again in the final with a time of 10.57. Just 19-years -old at the time of the Games, he also won 400m T47 silver and was part of the Brazilian 4x100m T42-47 relay quartet that finished second behind Germany.
He went on to knock a further 0.04 seconds off his 100m best at London 2017 and could well threaten Irishman Jason Smyth’s title of fastest Paralympian on the planet (10.46) if his progression continues.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In September 2015 he injured his thigh while competing at a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He returned to training in early October, but in the same month he sustained a hamstring injury two days before he was set to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He was unable to participate in any of his events at the tournament. (globoesporte.globo.com, 30 Apr 2017; paralympic.org, 31 May 2016; altervista.org, 02 Apr 2016; caixa.gov.br, 07 Oct 2015)
He was named the 2016 Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Brazil. (paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2016; globoesporte.globo.com, 07 Dec 2016)
When he was a young athlete he competed at the Brazilian School Games held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. He was spotted by a coach who wanted him to remain in Joao Pessoa to train, but he did not have the resources to stay in the city. He was then helped with housing by the mother of another young athlete, who was also from his hometown of Sao Jose do Brejo da Cruz, Brazil. He won the gold medal in the T47 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on September 11th, the birthday of the woman who had helped him. "Today is the birthday of a lady who helped me, who housed me, who gave me the chance to practise this sport when I had nothing." (olimpiadas.uol.com.br, 12 Sep 2016)
|Men's 200 m T47||Heat 1||2015-10-24||9999|
|Men's 100 m T47||Heat 1||2015-10-27||9999|
|Men's 100 m T47||Heat 1||2016-09-10||1|
|Men's 100 m T47||Final Round||2016-09-11||1|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final Round||2016-09-12||2|
|Men's 400 m T47||Heat 2||2016-09-16||1|
|Men's 400 m T47||Final Round||2016-09-17||2|
|Men's 100 m T47||Final 1||2017-07-15||1|
|Men's 100 m T47||Heat 1||2017-07-15||1|
|Men's 400 m T47||Heat 1||2017-07-18||4|
|Men's 400 m T47||Final 1||2017-07-19||9999|
|Men's 200 m T47||Heat 2||2017-07-21||1|
|Men's 200 m T47||Final 1||2017-07-22||1|