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Silvania Costa de Oliveira

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Family
Husband Hayrton Batista, daughter Lethicia Gabriella, son Joao Guilherme
Residence
São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 18. She competed in long distance events before switching to sprinting and long jump.
Why this sport?
"I started running with a friend who called me to a street race. I joined because I needed money to pay for milk for my daughter."
Club / Team
Associacao Desportiva Cultural Sao Bernardo: Brazil

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Bilbao, ESP

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When I get something in my head, I don't give up until I get it." (timepetrobras.com.br, 26 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2016 she was named Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Brazil. (paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2016; paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Ricardo won a gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Aug 2021; bbc.com, 08 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2019)
Impairment
At age 11 she was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a deteriorating genetic eye condition that affects central vision. (espnw.espn.uol.com.br, 14 Apr 2016)
Other information
MATERNITY BREAK
She won the gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro without knowing she was two months pregnant at the time. She returned to training just 30 days after giving birth to son Joao Guilherme, but missed the qualifying for the 2017 World Championships in London, England. "It is not easy. It is the hardest moment in my career. I didn't know that the return to the track after my pregnancy would be much harder than when I started. It was too much time away, but my willpower is bigger than my pain." (paralympic.org, 23 Apr 2018; globoesporte.globo.com, 16 Sep 2017; jpnews.com.br, 11 Mar 2017)

INSTITUTE
In 2017 she founded the Silvania Oliveira Institute in Tres Lagoas, Brazil. The scheme is a social project that aims to take children off the streets by encouraging them to get involved in athletics. "I always dreamed about this project. Tres Lagoas needed it. I started here, I know the difficulties and I know what an athlete needs to start up. The city has a lot of children in need. So there isn't anything better than to help my own city." (treslagoas.ms.gov.br, 28 Jun 2017; jpnews.com.br, 11 Mar 2017)

SANCTION
In August 2019 she was suspended for 20 months by the Brazilian Agency for Doping Control [ABCD] after testing positive for the prohibited substance dimethylamylamine at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was cleared to compete after 16 months after it was found that her guide had incorrectly handed her a supplement that belonged to him, which contained the prohibited substance. She returned to training in February 2021. "When I found out about the positive test I couldn't believe it. I didn't remember taking anything different from my authorised supplements. I kept thinking back and remembered a session where I asked my guide to give me my supplement, which was in my bag. We looked at the images from the cameras and saw that he gave me his supplement." (omarvado.com.br, 23 Jan 2021; perfilnews.com.br, 20 Jan 2021; ABCD suspension list, 05 Jan 2021; hojemais.com.br, 23 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 2 2013-07-23 5
Women's 100 m T12 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 6
Women's Long Jump T12 Final 1 2013-07-25 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T11 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T11 Final Round 2016-09-16 1