Patrícia Amorim

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Patricia Amorim
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Personal information
Full name Patricia Filler Amorim
Nationality Brazilian
Born (1969-02-13) February 13, 1969 (age 48)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Patrícia Filler Amorim (born February 13, 1969, Rio de Janeiro[1]) is a former Olympic freestyle swimmer from Brazil[2] and former president of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Brazil's most popular football team. She is the first female president ever of the club, elected on December 7, 2009.[1][3]

She was born to a bossa nova bassist and a primary school teacher. When Amorim was 3 years old, her sister Paula who had asthma was recommended by a doctor to take up swimming to help with her asthma. Amorim started swimming by going along with Paula to the swimming classes. At 5 years old, Amorim swam across Guanabara Bay in Rio. She represented her native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She retired from swimming in 1991.[1]

At the 1986 World Aquatics Championships in Madrid, Amorim finished 25th in the 200m freestyle, 24th in the 400m freestyle, and 20th in the 800m freestyle.[4]

She was at the 1987 Pan American Games, in Indianapolis, where she finished 4th in the 4×200-metre freestyle, and 5th in the 200-metre, 400-metre and 800-metre freestyle.[5]

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Amorim finished 11th in the 4×100-metre medley, 21st in the 800-metre freestyle, 24th in the 400-metre freestyle, and 25th in the 200-metre freestyle.[2]

Amorim broke the South American record of the 400-metre freestyle at the 1988 Summer Olympics, with a time of 4:19.64. The record lasted 10 years, and was only broken in 1998 by Nayara Ribeiro.[6]

Amorim also broke several South American records in the 800-metre free, the first in 1985 and the last in 1988 Seoul: 8:51.95. Her record lasted until 1999, when Ana Muniz did 8:48.53. She is the person who most often hit the Brazilian record of 800-metre freestyle, six times.[7]

Amorim is married to Fernando Sihman and has four children.[1]

On December 3, 2012, in spite of running for Flamengo's presidency re-election, she was defeated by Eduardo Bandeira de Mello.


  1. ^ a b c d Barrionuevo, Alexei (25 February 2011). "Off the Field, a Woman Tames Brazil's Soccer Fans". New York: New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Sports Reference Profile". Sports Reference. 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Patrícia Amorim é eleita presidente do Flamengo" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Results at 1986 Madrid" (PDF). USA Swimming. 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Results at 1987 Pan Am Games in Indianapolis" (PDF). USA Swimming. 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Brazilians learn to swim away". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). March 21, 1999. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "THE HISTORY OF THE RECORD OF 800 FREE FEMALE". Best Swimming (in Portuguese). March 9, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 

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