Brazil at the Paralympics

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Brazil at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  BRA
NPC Brazilian Paralympic Committee
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

Brazil made its Paralympic Games début at the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Heidelberg, sending representatives to compete in track and field, archery, swimming and wheelchair basketball. The country has competed in every edition of the Summer Paralympics since.[1]

Brazilians have won a total of 164 Paralympic medals, of which 46 gold, 55 silver and 63 bronze. This places the country 28th on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table.

Brazil's first delegations experienced little success. No medals were won in 1972, and the country's only medal in 1976 was a silver, in the men's pairs in lawn bowls (through Robson S. Almeida and Luiz Carlos Costa). There were no medals either in 1980, but Brazilian Paralympians found notable success as from 1984, where they obtained their first gold: M. Ferraz won five silver medals and one gold in track and field; Marcia Malsar took three medals in running, of which one gold; Luis Claudio Pereira won four medals, of which two gold, in track and field; as did Amintas Piedade. Swimmer Maria Jussara Matas obtained three medals, of which one gold, while Marcelo Amorim won four medals (three swimming and a bronze), also in swimming.

Pereira won three of Brazil's four gold medals in 1988, the fourth coming from swimmer Graciana Moreira Alves. In 1992, three Brazilian athletes each won a gold medal in track and field, while the country's two gold in 1996 were won in swimming (Jose Arnulfo Medeiros) and Judo (Antonio Tenorio Da Silva). Da Silva took another gold in 2000, adding to Brazil's four gold in track and field and one in swimming that year. The 2004 Games saw the country's best result to date, with fourteen gold medals, of which five in athletics. Swimmer Clodoaldo Silva became Brazil's most successful Paralympian in history, winning six gold medals in the pool, and Brazil also won the men's football 5-a-side competition, defeating Argentina in a penalty shoot-out in the final. (In the 7-a-side event, Brazil finished second, after a 1-4 defeat to Ukraine.) In 2008, athletics provided another four gold medals, boccia two, Judo one, and swimming eight (four each from Daniel Dias and Andre Brasil). In football, Brazil finished fourth in the 7-a-side event, with losses to Ukraine (0-6) and Iran (0-4) in the final round. The country did, however, successfully defend its Paralympic title in 5-a-side football, defeating China 2-1 in the final.[2]

Brazil débuted at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, sending two athletes. This made Brazil the second tropical nation ever to have competed at the Winter Paralympics, after Uganda and the third country in South America to have done so, the others being Chile and Argentina.

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]


Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1960 Rome did not participate
1964 Tokyo did not participate
1968 Tel-Aviv did not participate
1972 Heidelberg 0 0 0 0 0
1976 Toronto 0 1 0 1 31
1980 Arnhem 0 0 0 0 0
1984 Stoke Mandeville
New York
7 17 4 28 24
1988 Seoul 4 9 15 28 25
1992 Barcelona 4 3 5 12 27
1996 Atlanta 2 6 13 21 37
2000 Sydney 6 10 6 22 24
2004 Athens 14 12 7 33 14
2008 Beijing 16 14 17 47 9
2012 London 21 14 8 43 7
2016 Rio de Janeiro 0 0 0 0 0
Total 73 83 74 230

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