Pedro Oliveira (swimmer)

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Pedro Oliveira
Personal information
Full name Pedro Diogo Tavares Martins de
Oliveira
Nationality  Portugal
Born (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 26)
Rio Maior, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, backstroke
Club Clube de Natação de Rio Maior
(POR)[1]
College team Louisville Cardinals (USA)[1]
Coach Arthur Albeiro (USA)[1]

Pedro Diogo Tavares Martins de Oliveira (also Pedro Oliveira, born January 1, 1988 in Rio Maior) is a Portuguese swimmer, who specialized in backstroke and butterfly events.[1][2] He is a two-time Olympian (2008 and 2012), and a double silver medalist in the 200 m backstroke at the European Junior Championships (2005 and 2006). He also holds four Portuguese records, two national titles, and has produced a stellar performance at the NCAA Swimming Championships, earning five All-American titles as a member of Louisville Cardinals.

Swimming career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Oliveira, the son of Antonio and Albertina Oliveira, started his sporting career as a member of Rio Maior Swimming Club (Portuguese: Clube de Natação de Rio Maior) under his coach Vladimir Smirnoff. Oliveira competed at the 2005 and 2006 European Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary and in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where he earned two silver medals each in the 200 m backstroke.[3]

After graduating from Augusto Cesar da Silva Ferreira School in Rio Maior, Oliveira accepted an athletic scholarship at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, where he majored in exercise science (Human Health and Performance) and swam for the Louisville Cardinals swimming and diving team under head coach Arthur Albeiro.[4] While swimming for the Cardinals, he received five All-American titles, multiple Big East conference individual titles and records, also achieving two school records in the 200 fly and 200 backstroke. Eventually, Oliveira served as the team's co-captain for the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships during his last collegiate season, leading the team to their first top 10 finish.[5]

International career[edit]

In 2007, Oliveira made his official debut as a senior swimmer at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. He failed to reach the top 8 final in the 200 m backstroke, finishing in fourteenth place with a time of 2:01.18.[6] Earlier in the prelims, Oliveira set a new Portuguese record of 2:00.62 to guarantee a slot for the semifinals.[7][8]

At the 2008 European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Oliveira experimented with the 200 m butterfly, where he posted a lifetime best of 1:59.00 in his semifinal run, sinking Diogo Carvalho's Portuguese record by 0.67 of a second.[9]

Four months later, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Oliveira failed to reach the top 16 in any of his individual events, finishing twenty-fourth (with a new national record) in the 200 m butterfly (1:57.41), and twenty-eighth in the 200 m backstroke (2:01.08).[10][11]

At the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, Oliveira maintained his official lineup in the program, swimming only in two individual events. In the 200 m butterfly, Oliveira broke a new Portuguese record of 1:56.17 to secure his semifinal spot with an advantage of a polyurethane swimsuit, slashing off Carvalho's standard by a 0.65-second deficit.[12] In his second and final event, 200 m backstroke, Oliveira could not match his stellar performance from the butterfly, finishing thirty-second in the prelims with a time of 2:01.49.[13]

In 2010, Oliveira reached his breakthrough in swimming, when he claimed a 200-metre butterfly title at the USA Swimming Grand Prix in Austin, Texas with a time of 1:59.02. His unexpected triumph from the meet moved him up to sixth in the world rankings.[14][15]

In 2011, Oliveira decided to skip the World Championships to focus on his swimming career for the Louisville Cardinals. However, he later appeared in a global spotlight after earning a third spot in the 200 m butterfly (1:59.95) at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.[16] Oliveira also competed for Portugal at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China, where he placed ninth in the 200 m butterfly at 1:58.50, just missing out the final by a small fraction of a second.[17]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Oliveira competed in the same individual events with only two days in between. He achieved FINA B-standards of 1:59.72 (200 m backstroke) from the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, and 1:58.50 (200 m butterfly) from the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.[18][19][20] In his first event, 200 m butterfly, Oliveira placed twenty-second on the morning preliminaries. He powered past the entire field to lead the second heat in a textile best of 1:58.45.[21] Two days later, in the 200 m backstroke, Oliveira challenged seven other swimmers in the same heat, including Hungary's Gábor Balog, finalist at the European Championships. He set a new Portuguese record of 1:58.83 to earn a second spot behind Balog. Oliveira missed the top 16 semifinals by six-tenths of a second (0.60), as he placed twentieth in the prelims.[22]

Three months after the Olympics, Oliveira placed sixth in the 200 m backstroke at the 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres, France in a Portuguese record of 1:53.06.[23]

On May 10, 2013, Oliveira was chosen as one of elite swimmers to land a sponsorship deal with FINIS, a world leading company in technical swimming products.[24]

Personal bests[edit]

As of May 21, 2013.
Long course
Event Time Meet
100 m backstroke 55.83 2012 European Championships
200 m backstroke 1:58.83 2012 Summer Olympics
100 m butterfly 55.37 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships
200 m butterfly 1:58.32 2008 USA Swimming Grand Prix
Short course
Event Time Meet
200 m backstroke 1:53.06 2012 European Championships

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pedro Oliveira". London 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pedro Oliveira". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Italians and Russians Command Second Day of European Junior Champs". Swimming World Magazine. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Louisville Cardinals All-Americans – Men's Swimming and Diving". Louisville Cardinals. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Almeida and Oliveira Named to Portugal's Olympic Team". Louisville Cardinals. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "2007 FINA World Championships (Melbourne, Australia) – Men's 200m Backstroke Semifinals" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "2007 FINA World Championships (Melbourne, Australia) – Men's 200m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 200m Backstroke" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 26. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pedro Oliveira em grande nos Europeus de natação" [Pedro Oliveira stands high in European swimming] (in Portuguese). Diario Noticias Portugal. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 3". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Men's 200m Butterfly Heat 3". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Pawel Korzeniowski Tops 200 Fly Qualifying, Michael Phelps, Tyler Clary Go 2–3 For U.S.". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "2009 FINA World Championships (Rome, Italy) – Men's 200m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "USA Swimming Grand Prix, Austin: Dana Vollmer Doubles, Rebecca Soni Wows Crowd". Swimming World Magazine. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Vollmer wins double gold as Austin Grand Prix concludes". USA Swimming. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "USA Swimming Winter Nationals: Sebastien Rousseau Tops 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gustavo Simões apura-se para a final de Ginástica Artística" [Gustavo Simões qualifies for the artistic gymnastics final] (in Portuguese). Universiadas Portugal. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Men's 200 m backstroke". FINA. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Men's 200 m butterfly". FINA. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Shenzen'11 – Gustavo Simões na final da Ginástica" [Shenzhen'11 – Gustavo Simões qualified for gymnastics final] (in Portuguese). Jogada do Mês. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Men's 200m Butterfly Heat 2". London 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 2". London 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "2012 EDF European Short Course Swimming Championships (Chartres, France) – Men's 200m Backstroke Final" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Industry News: FINIS Signs Olympic Athlete Pedro Oliveira of Portugal". Swimming World Magazine. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

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