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SILVA Clodoaldo
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthNatal, BRA
Height1.75 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Family
Daughter Anita
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1996 in Natal, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation.
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens, GRE
General Interest
Nicknames
Tubarao Paraolimpico [Paralympic Shark]. (Facebook profile, 09 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
His mother Maria, and his family. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian motor racing driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He was out of competition between 2013 and 2014 with two herniated discs. (globo.com, 18 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The taste of defeat is better than the shame of not having tried." (clodoaldosilva.com.br, 09 Apr 2010)
Awards and honours
He lit the Paralympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2016)

He was named 2005 Athlete of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (Facebook page, 10 Mar 2015)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the movement of his legs and motor coordination. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive sport after participating at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Now that I have retired, I want to continue inspiring people with or without impairment. I retired from the pool, but the work continues outside." (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2016)

DOCUMENTARY STAR
In January 2016 a documentary on him titled 'Clodoaldo Silva, o Tubarao das Piscinas' [Clodoaldo Silva, the Shark of the Pools] was aired by ESPN. (cpb.org.br, 12 Jan 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has given motivational speaking seminars, as well as hosting radio and television programmes in Brazil. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2000 50m Freestyle S4 41.62 
2 2000 100m Freestyle S4 1:32.17 
4 2000 200m Freestyle S4 3:28.47 
2 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:39.82
2 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:41.40
1 2004 50m Freestyle S4 35.41
1 2004 100m Freestyle S4 1:19.51
1 2004 200m Freestyle S4 2:55.75
4 2004 50m Backstroke S4 51.71
1 2004 50m Butterfly S4 45.12
1 2004 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:39.15
2 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:32.34
1 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:37.46
7 2008 50m Freestyle S5 35.22
6 2008 100m Freestyle S5 1:21.14
5 2008 200m Freestyle S5 2:50.89
10 2008 50m Backstroke S5 48.16
8 2008 50m Butterfly S5 45.74
3 2008 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:30.17
2 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:39.31
5 2012 50m Freestyle S5 34.99
Heats 2012 200m Freestyle S5 2:59.58
Heat 2012 50m Butterfly S5 47.19
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S5  DSQ
2 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:25.45
7 2016 50m Freestyle S5 36.27 
8 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:20.80 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2003 50m Freestyle S4 37.30
1 2003 100m Freestyle S4 1:22.53
1 2003 200m Freestyle S4 3:06.71
2 2003 50m Backstroke S4 51.97
1 2003 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:43.16
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2002 50m Freestyle S4  DSQ
1 2002 100m Freestyle S4 1:23.25
1 2002 200m Freestyle S4 3:00.01
2 2002 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:43.65
1 2006 50m Freestyle S4 35.15
2 2006 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.04
5 2006 200m Freestyle S5 2:55.16
8 2006 50m Backstroke S5 49.82
5 2006 50m Butterfly S5 43.42
1 2006 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:32.97
  2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ
3 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:07.44
1 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:36.32
6 2010 50m Freestyle S5 36.01
12 2010 50m Backstroke S5 49.91
5 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:42.48
5 2010 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:44.73
5 2010 200m Freestyle S5 3:00.29
1 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:37.32
4 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:19.65
1 2013 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:22.15
4 2013 50m Freestyle S5 34.81
1 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:29.80
7 2015 200m Freestyle S5 2:54.98
6 2015 50m Freestyle S5 35.90
5 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:18.86
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 200m Freestyle S5 3:09.66
2 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:32.19
7 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.07
7 2016 50m Freestyle S5 37.41