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Rildene Firmino

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Rafaela
Residence
Natal, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Management - Potiguar University: Natal, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 1990 in Natal, Brazil.
Why this sport?
Swimming was part of her rehabilitation routine.
Club / Team
Sociedade Amigos do Deficiente Fisico [SADEF]: Natal, BRA
Name of coach
Leonardo Tomasello [national], BRA

International debut

Year
1992
Competing for
Brazil

General interest

Nicknames
Ril (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in sixth place in the SB4 100m breaststroke final at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always do your best." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Impairment
She has paraplegia after she was injured in an accidental shooting at age six. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015; cpb.org.br, 10 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 3 8
Women's 200 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 9999
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 2 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 2 7
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle S7-10 Final Round 8
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 3
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 6
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 4
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 7
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 7
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heats (SB1-3) 6
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 5
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 8
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 8
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2015-07-15 12
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2015-07-17 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2016-09-12 5
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 1 2016-09-14 4
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 2016-09-14 8