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Nicholas
Santos
BrazilBrazil, BRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
14 February 1980
Height
191 cm
Family
Son Nicholas [2016]
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
His father ran a diving school, so he was around the pool from an early age.
Club / Team
Universidade Santa Cecilia [Unisanta]: Santos, BRA
Name of coach
Marcio Latuf [club], BRA
Training Regime
"My trainings are now very intensive, without a huge volume. That allows me to recuperate with ease. I do meditation all day long, and I changed my approach, now I am focused on the present day, not thinking about tomorrow. I am focused and try to do my best every day."

General Interest

Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (cob.org.br, 2015)
Injuries
He sustained a chest muscle injury in 2017. He recovered in time to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (espn.uol.com.br, 08 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do not give up. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." (cob.org.br, 2015)
Milestones
At age 39 he became the oldest swimmer to win a medal in the pool at the world championships when he claimed bronze in the 50m butterfly at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (globoesporte.globo.com, 23 Jul 2019, SportsDeskOnline, 23 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 50m freestyle. (atribuna.com.br, 19 Aug 2019)
Other information
OLDEST MEDALLIST
In 2019, at age 39, he became the oldest swimmer to win a medal in the pool at the world championships, after finishing third in the 50m butterfly at the 2019 edition in Gwangju, Republic Korea. He only competed in Gwangju after receiving an invitation from the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. "It's fantastic for me. I wouldn't even had come if it weren't for the invitation FINA gave me. I had done the fastest time in the world and I am satisfied of getting another world championship medal at age 39. With that age I first have to decide in which event I can compete. I cannot swim 50m and 100m butterfly, as well as the 50m freestyle, so I opted only on 50m butterfly, an event it's easier for me to swim and to which I have so much affection." He plans to continue competing at last until the 2021 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. (rededoesporte.gov.br, 22 Jul 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He also has a master's degree in business administration. (espn.uol.com.br, 08 Aug 2017; veja.abril.com.br, 27 Jul 2017)