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Brazil's Thiago Paulino improved his own discus F57 world record on 21 April 2017 with a throw of 48.04m.

Thiago Paulino dos Santos

Athletics

Santos took up Para athletics in 2013, after a motorbike accident three years’ earlier which resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee.

The F57 Para athlete won shot put gold and discus bronze at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, but finished out of the medals at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The Rio 2016 Games proved equally frustrating with a fifth-place finish in front of his home crowds, but all changed for the Sao Paulo man in 2017.

In April that year the then 31-year-old added 36cm on to his discus F57 world record with a massive throw of 48.04m at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil, providing a vital confidence boost in the build up to the London 2017 World Championships.

Santos duly held his nerve in a packed London Stadium and against stellar competition, winning the shot put F57 – the first of two gold medals - on the opening night of competition.

Santos’s third-round effort of 14.31m meant he finished 40cm ahead of his nearest rivals, China’s Paralympic champion Wu Guoshan and Poland’s Paralympic silver medallist Janusz Rokicki.

Eight days later in the discus F57, Santos claimed his second world title after moving up to first place with his penultimate effort of 45.75m.

Santos got the better of defending champion Wu once again, as well as Croatia’s European champion Miroslav Petkovic, sealing the competition with his final effort of 46.58m – the only competitor to throw over the 46-metre mark.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57

Further personal information

Family
Wife Raquel, daughter Lavinia, son Heitor
Residence
Orlândia, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
"It was the most interesting sport and the one I adapted to best."
Club / Team
ADC Intelli: Orlândia, BRA
Name of coach
Joao Paulo Alves da Cunha [national]; Alex Jose Sabino [personal]

General interest

Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para thrower Marco Aurelio Borges. (cpb.org.br, 08 Jun 2017; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You are as big as your dreams." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 25 Apr 2018)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorbike accident in 2010, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. (cpb.org.br, 08 Jun 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final 1 2015-10-27 7
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final 1 2015-10-30 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 2016-09-17 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final 1 2017-07-14 1
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final 1 2017-07-22 1