Jader Souza

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Jader Souza
Personal information
Full name Jader José da Silva Souza
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1982-03-13) March 13, 1982 (age 33)
Macapá, Amapá, Brazil
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Jader José da Silva Souza (born March 13, 1982 in Macapá) is a Brazilian swimmer.[1]

He started swimming at age 6, when he asked his mother to enter in a swimming school. Away from the major centers of the national sport, Jader has always struggled to participate in competitions and consequently improve their performance. In 2002, discouraged with the situation in his hometown, dropped everything to pursue a dream in Brasilia. But then he began to reap the rewards of their dedication.[2]

He was at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, where he finished 31st in the 50-metre freestyle,[3] 30th in the 100-metre freestyle [4] and 12th in the 4×100-metre freestyle.[5]

At the 2003 Pan American Games, in Santo Domingo, Jader won the gold medal in the 4×100-metre freestyle, along with Gustavo Borges, Fernando Scherer and Carlos Jayme.[6] He also finished 6th in the 50-metre freestyle, and 5th in the 100-metre freestyle.[7]

Jader competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, where he finished 12th in the 4×100-metre freestyle, 15th in the 4×100-metre medley, and 33rd in the 100-metre freestyle.[8] In the 4×100-metre freestyle, the Brazilian legend Gustavo Borges said goodbye to swimming at the age of 31.[9]

After the Olympics, he lost his sponsorship and stopped swimming. However, he returned in 2005.[10]

At the 2006 South American Games held in Buenos Aires, Souza won the gold medal in the 50-metre butterfly[11] , the silver medal in the 4×100-metre freestyle, and the bronze medal in the 50-metre freestyle.[12]

On January 2009, he retired from professional swimming.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports Reference profile". Sports Reference. 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "UOL profile". UOL (in Portuguese). 2004. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Results of the 50-metre freestyle at 2003 Barcelona". OmegaTiming. July 25, 2003. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Results of the 100-metre freestyle at 2003 Barcelona". OmegaTiming. July 23, 2003. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Results of the 4×100-metre freestyle at 2003 Barcelona". OmegaTiming. July 20, 2003. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Brazil medals at 2003 Pan". UOL (in Portuguese). 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Results of the 2003 Pan Am Games" (PDF). USA Swimming. 2003. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sports Reference profile". Sports Reference. 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gustavo Borges' History". Gustavo Borges-Official Site (in Portuguese). 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jader Souza going back!". Best Swimming (in Portuguese). May 17, 2005. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brazilian swimming achievement 12 medals". CBDA (in Portuguese). November 16, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Luiz Arapiraca shines again in Argentina". CBDA (in Portuguese). November 18, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jader Souza, another hanging the shorts". Best Swimming (in Portuguese). January 20, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2013.