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Washington Junior

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Languages
Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 15.
Why this sport?
He wanted to become a footballer, but one day a friend of his mother told him she was a member of a sporting project for people with an impairment. He thought it would give him the opportunity to improve his fitness for football, so he began going to training sessions. He met other Para athletes there and realised athletics could allow him to travel around the world. "I thought, 'If they can do it, I can too'. And that was how football was put aside."
Club / Team
Nauru: São Paulo, BRA
Name of coach
Amaury Wagner Verissimo [national], BRA

General interest

Nicknames
Shitao (esportes.estadao.com.br, 13 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T47 100m at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Jun 2021; correio24horas.com.br, 12 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian footballer Neymar. (esportes.estadao.com.br, 13 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fear is only an illusion. You must be greater than your fear. It does not exist for me. What exists is the difficulties we encounter along the way. In life we learn everything, but overcoming the obstacles we have in our path is essential to the path of success." (Facebook profile, 01 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 09 Jun 2021)
Impairment
He was born with an impairment to his right arm. (esportes.estadao.com.br, 13 Nov 2019; cpb.org.br, 01 Sep 2019)
Other information
CLEAN SWEEP
At the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, he was part of the Brazilian team that swept the podium in the T47 100m final. He claimed silver behind gold medal winner Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos with Yohansson Nascimento taking bronze. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Jun 2021)

CHANGE OF ENVIRONMENT
He grew up and lived in the Cidade de Deus neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before relocating to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2018 to train at the national Paralympic training centre. "There are a lot of shootings in Cidade de Deus, so I was disadvantaged, location wise, when compared to my rivals. Moving to Sao Paulo was complicated at the beginning because of the weather, as I was always catching a cold but, once I got used to it, it improved my results so much." (esportes.estadao.com.br, 13 Nov 2019)