Brazilian Swimming closes gala performance at Paralympics with record for podiums and new stars | paralympics

Brazil had Wendell Belarmino’s bronze medal as the last day of swimming at the Paralympics Aquatic Center in Tokyo and consolidated at the end of its participation the best campaign in history for total achievements.

Carol Santiago displays the five medals won in Tokyo — Photo: Ale Cabral / CPB

The country’s swimmers totaled 23 medals, including eight gold, five silver and ten bronze. In total, they surpassed the 19 medals of Rio 2016 and Beijing 2008 and 14 of London 2012, although in the British edition they achieved more golds (9).

Wendell Belarmino takes gold in swimming at the Paralympics — Photo: Miriam Jeske /CPB

The event in the Japanese capital also marked the retirement of the country’s greatest Paralympic athlete of all time, Daniel Dias, who said goodbye with three bronze medals to boast 27 podiums in his career – including 14 gold. He will be the standard bearer at the closing ceremony.

Daniel Dias is fourth in his farewell to the pools in the 50m free S5 - Tokyo Paralympics

Daniel Dias is fourth in his farewell to the pools in the 50m free S5 – Tokyo Paralympics

Daniel could only further increase his gallery because of the general reclassification promoted by the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) in 2019, which relocated several less physically compromised swimmers from the S6 class to his, the S5.

But the farewell of its biggest star also led to the emergence of other names that will carry Brazil in the next World Championships and Paralympics.

With dancing, Gabriel Araújo receives the gold on the podium of the 50m backstroke - Tokyo Paralympics

With dancing, Gabriel Araújo receives the gold on the podium of the 50m backstroke – Tokyo Paralympics

Among them Gabriel Araújo, from Minas Gerais, only 19 years old, the S2 class dancer who won two golds and one silver in his competitions and spread charisma in Tokyo…

Gabriel Araújo is gold in the 50m backstroke at the Paralympics — Photo: Miriam Jeske/CPB

…or his São Paulo namesake Gabriel Bandeira, who joined the Paralympic movement less than two years ago to bring a gold, two silvers and a bronze to Japan. And that at just 21 years old…

Gabriel Bandeira is silver in the 200m freestyle (S14) — Photo: Miriam Jeske/CPB

Tokyo 2020 - 25/08 - Gabriel Bandeira - Gold in Swimming

Tokyo 2020 – 25/08 – Gabriel Bandeira – Gold in Swimming

…and even saw a star emerge from Pernambuco like a comet: sprinter Maria Carolina Santiago, Carol, who won three golds and broke a 17-year-old taboo without women in the country winning Paralympics swimming – besides, too he picked a silver and a bronze.

Maria Carolina Santiago sets a Paralympic record and takes the gold in the 50m freestyle S13 - Tokyo Paralympics

Maria Carolina Santiago sets a Paralympic record and takes the gold in the 50m freestyle S13 – Tokyo Paralympics

Other young people with great potential also appeared or established themselves, such as Cecilia Araújo, Talisson Glock, Beatriz Carneiro and Mariana Ribeiro. The path is very well paved for the Paralympics in Paris, which will start in three years.