Ádria Santos

Brazilian paralympic athlete

Ádria Santos (born 11 August 1974) is a former Brazilian Paralympic sprinter. She competed in category T11 events at six consecutive Paralympics from 1988 to 2008 and won at least one medal on each occasion. She was a final torch bearer at the 2016 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.

Santos (right) at the 2016 Paralympics

She won Gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the 100 meters, the 2000 Summer Paralympics in the 100 meters, and 200 meters, and 2004 Summer Paralympics in the 100 meters.[1]

Life change

She lost her sight entirely in 1994. She started her career as a sprinter in 1987, at the age of 13, at Instituto São Rafael, a special school for the visually impaired in Belo Horizonte . Throughout her career, Adria accumulated 13 medals in the Paralympic Games, four of which were gold and eight silver and one bronze. In addition to this achievement, she won about 73 medals in international competitions, and 542 medals in national competitions, including the third championship by the International Amateur Athletics Federation.[2]

References change

  1. "Ádria Santos leva o ouro e se torna maior medalhista brasileira - 20/09/2004 - UOL Olimpíadas 2004 - Paraolimpíadas". www.uol.com.br. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  2. "Parapan: Adria Santos supera lesão e termina o Parapan com duas medalhas". O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2020-07-24.