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Ruiter Silva

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Wife Danyelle Loyola, daughters Luiza [2012] and Julia [2020]
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began learning to swim at age six months in Catalao, Brazil.
Why this sport?
His parents enrolled him in swimming lessons. He also competed in football and basketball during his youth before deciding to focus on swimming. He then met Brazilian Para swimmer Jose Afonso Medeiros, and was encouraged to train for a swimming competition in 2009. "After the tournament I talked to my father and said that I wanted to try something in swimming."
Club / Team
Gremio Nautico Uniao [GNU]: Porto Alegre, BRA
Name of coach
Leonardo Tomasello Araujo [national], BRA

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Montreal, QC, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with family and his dogs, watching basketball. (esportelandia.com.br, 25 Feb 2020; Facebook page, 07 Dec 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his wife. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you can imagine it, you can do it." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in Para basketball at state level in Brazil. (ruitersilva.com.br, 13 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ruitersilva.com.br, 13 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He has a congenital malformation of his left hand and wrist. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-12 9
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-12 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-13 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2013-08-13 11
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-13 7
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-16 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-16 8
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-14 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-14 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-16 10
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-18 10
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 3 2015-07-19 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2016-09-12 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-13 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-13 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2017-12-04 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-07 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2017-12-07 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 7