Claudiney Batista dos Santos
Batista dos Santos in the shot at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships
|Full name||Claudiney Batista dos Santos|
|Born||13 November 1978|
|Event(s)||F57 Shot put
|Club||Clube Amigos dos Deficientes|
|Achievements and titles|
|Highest world ranking||javelin=1st|
|Personal best(s)||Javelin: 45.38m|
Claudiney Batista dos Santos (born 13 November 1978) is a Paralympian athlete from Brazil competing in category F57 throwing events. In 2012 he came second in the javelin at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. At the London Games he threw a world record for his class in the javelin.
Batista dos Santos, who was born able bodied, was involved in a road accident in May 2005. Due to the injuries sustained, part of his left leg needed to be amputated. While in hospital he was visited by para-athletic organisations offering sport as a way to help in his recovery. He refused to accept their invitation for over two years, before changing his mind.
In 2011 he was part of the Brazilian team which entered into the 2011 Parapan American Games. He entered the javelin and discus, both in the joint F57/58 class, winning the javelin and coming third in the discus. He followed this by being selected for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, entering all three throwing events in the F57/58 class. In the discus, he threw a distance of 45.90m, which did not convert to enough points to see him onto the podium, finishing instead at fourth place. In the shot put he finished seventh. His strongest event, the javelin, saw him record a distance of 45.38m, a new world record, only to see his rival, Iran's Mohammad Khalvandi, also throw a world record as a F58 athlete to snatch the gold from Batista dos Santos by 20 points.
At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, Batista dos Santos was again on the podium. He came third in the discus, taking bronze, and second in the javelin beaten again by Mohammad Khalvandi.
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- "London 2012 Paralympic Games - Athletics: Men's Discus F57/58". paralympic.org. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "London 2012 Paralympic Games - Athletics: Men's Javelin F57/58". paralympic.org. Retrieved 30 July 2013.