Clodoaldo Silva

Clodoaldo Silva
Clodoaldo Silva 2016.jpg
Silva in 2016
Personal information
Born 1 February 1979 (1979-02) (age 40)
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil[1]
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Swimming
Disability class S5 (classification)
Club Paraplegic Association Campinas
Coached by Leonardo Tomasello Araujo (national)[1]
Silva after lighting the Paralympic cauldron at the 2016 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony

Clodoaldo Silva (born 1 February 1979) is a Brazilian swimmer. He competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, winning three silver medals and one bronze. He competed again at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, where he set four world records, five Paralympic records, and won six gold medals and one silver.[2] He also represented Brazil at the 2008, 2012[3] and 2016 Paralympics,[4] and lit the Paralympic cauldron at the 2016 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.

In 2005, he was given the Best Male Athlete award by the International Paralympic Committee, the Best Female Athlete award going to Japan's Mayumi Narita.[2]

Silva has cerebral palsy,[2] and took up swimming in 1996 as part of his rehabilitation. He is married and has a daughter Anita.[1]

At the 2016 Summer Paralympics he took a silver medal in the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay. His teammates were Daniel Dias, Edenia Garcia, Susana Ribeiro, Talisson Glock, Maiara Regina Perreira Barreto, Joana Maria Silva and Patricia Pereira dos Santos.[5] Silva was also the final torchbearer and lit the cauldron during the opening ceremony.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d SILVA Clodoaldo. Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c "Paralympic Sport Awards Winners – 2005" Archived 21 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ "Brazilean swimmer Clodoaldo Silva to participate in Beijing's Paralympic Games" Archived 6 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Xinhua, 4 September 2008
  4. ^ Clodoaldo Silva Archived 22 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Maria Joana Silva[permanent dead link]. Rio2016, Retrieved 20 September 2016
  6. ^ "Rio Paralympics 2016: Brazil president booed at opening ceremony". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2016.