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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?
"I got to know the sport through videos by Brazilian Para athlete Marco Aurelio Borges. When I saw it, I thought, 'a big guy doing this? I think I can do it too'. It started as a joke, just to give it a go, and ended up becoming my job. When I made my first throw, I fell in love and never stopped."
Club / Team
ADC Intelli: Orlândia, BRA
Name of coach
Joao Paulo [national]; Alex Jose Sabino [personal]

General interest

Hobbies
Futsal, football. (lance.com.br, 25 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (lance.com.br, 25 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para thrower Marco Aurelio Borges, Brazilian footballer Paulo Roberto Falcao. (cpb.org.br, 08 Jun 2017; globoesporte.globo.com, 25 Oct 2015; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He won gold in the F57 shot put at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, despite being troubled by pain in his elbow. (folhavitoria.com.br, 09 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You are as big as your dreams." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other sports
He competed in futsal and represented his city Orlandia. (globoesporte.globo.com, 25 Oct 2015; lance.com.br, 25 Aug 2019)
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)
Other information
SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP
He and Brazilian footballer Paulo Roberto Falcao have built a friendship since Falcao helped him to buy a knee brace for his prosthetic leg in 2013. Falcao found about him when he played for a local futsal team in Orlandia. "It was a relatively expensive material, and he offered to help me. He didn't even know me. Since then we became friends. We met after I won gold in the F57 shot put at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto. I went to his house in Sorocaba to show the medal, and he received me with a coffee. We talked a lot, and he said that I gained a fan." (globoesporte.globo.com, 25 Oct 2015; lance.com.br, 25 Aug 2019)

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