José Aranha

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José Aranha
Personal information
Full name José Roberto Diniz Aranha
Nationality Brazil
Born (1951-02-02) February 2, 1951 (age 66)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

José Roberto Diniz Aranha (born February 2, 1951 in São Paulo) is a former international freestyle swimmer from Brazil, who competed at two consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1968.[1]

Between 1968 and 1972, he went to live and train in the United States.[2]

At the 1967 Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, he swam the 400-metre freestyle, not reaching the finals.[3][4]

At the 1968 Summer Olympics, in Mexico City, he swam the 100-metre freestyle and the 4×100-metre medley (along with José Fiolo, João Costa Lima Neto and César Filardi), not reaching the finals.[1]

He was at the 1971 Pan American Games, in Cali, where he won a silver medal in the 100-metre freestyle, and three bronze medals in the three Brazilian relays (4×100-metre freestyle, 4×100-metre medley and 4×200-metre freestyle), breaking the South American record in all three relays.[5][6][7][8]

At the 1972 Summer Olympics, in Munich, he finished 4th in the 4×100-metre freestyle (6 seconds and a half below the South American record), along Ruy de Oliveira, Paulo Zanetti and Paulo Becskehazy, and 5th in the 4×100-metre medley (improving in 5 seconds the South American record), along with Rômulo Arantes, José Fiolo and Sérgio Waismann. He also swam the 100-metre freestyle and the 4×200-metre freestyle, not reaching the finals. In the 4×100-metre medley, Aranha took the relay at 8th place and exceeded 3 countries, finishing in 5th. In the 4×100-metre freestyle, he came in 6th place and closed at 4th, a half second to win the bronze. Despite his great results in the relays, he never was the Brazilian record holder of the 100-metre freestyle.[1][2][9]

At the 1973 Summer Universiade, in Moscow, Aranha won a bronze medal in the 4×200-metre freestyle, along with José Namorado, James Huxley Adams and Alfredo Machado.[10][11]

Participated at the inaugural World Aquatics Championships in 1973 Belgrade, where he finished 5th in the 4×100-metre freestyle, along with Ruy de Oliveira, José Namorado and James Huxley Adams.[12] He also swam the 4×200-metre freestyle, finishing 11th, with the same team.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sports Reference Profile". Sports Reference. 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "EXPECTATIONS OF OLYMPIC MEDALS X REALITY". Best Swimming (in Portuguese). May 28, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "O GLOBO News Archive - July 31, 1967, Morning, Sports, page 9". O GLOBO. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ O GLOBO News Archive
  5. ^ "Brazil medals at 1971 Pan". UOL (in Portuguese). 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "O GLOBO News Archive - August 9, 1971, Evening, General, page 42". O GLOBO. Retrieved 29 August 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "O GLOBO News Archive - August 10, 1971, Morning, General, page 24". O GLOBO. Retrieved 29 August 2013. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "O GLOBO News Archive - August 12, 1971, Morning, General, page 24". O GLOBO. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "EVOLUTION OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN RECORD OF 100 FREE-MALE". Best Swimming (in Portuguese). February 16, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "HISTORY OF BRAZIL'S MEDALS IN UNIVERSIADES". Best Swimming (in Portuguese). August 13, 2007. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ O GLOBO News Archive - September 7, 1973, Morning, General, page 33
  12. ^ "Results at 1973 Belgrade" (PDF). USA Swimming. 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ O GLOBO News Archive - September 7, 1973, Morning, General, page 33