Road to Rio

Marcelo Collet
Paratriathlon Brazil

Marcelo Collet

Eight medals at the Parapan American Games Finalist in the 400m freestyle at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
Full name: Marcelo Collet e Silva Mauro Date and place of birth: 17 September 1980, São Paulo, Brazil
Height: 1.73m Weight: 68kg
Class/Sport: TRI5 Disability: Injury to left leg

Trivia

First Paralympic athlete To swim across the English Channel He is studying cinema and video at university
Before his accident, he was already an elite athlete He has competed in athletics, swimming, triathlon and marathon swimming Until 2012, he was dedicated exclusively to swimming He resumed the paratriathlon in order to compete at Rio 2016, where the sport will make its debut in the Paralympic programme
Hobby Sailing with his wife and six-year-old daughter Nickname When he was a kid, his friends called him ‘Big Mouth’
Favourite film Amélie Favourite food Moqueca de aratu (crab stew) together with other food from the state of Bahia, and Coca Cola
Definition of Rio de Janeiro Beauty Pets Kêtu and Ara (labradors), Atenas (dalmatian), Câno (parrot) and Dicró (tortoise).

Funniest situation in
a competition

Idols

"I was about to compete in a swim race, and minutes before the start I noticed a small tear in the side stitching on my leg. I had no time to change my attire without missing the start. I had no doubt about what I had to do: I lined up and dived in. As a result, I almost ended the race in the same state as I came into the world!" Torben Grael
Robert Scheidt
Ayrton Senna
Marcelo Collet
Competing at the Paralympic Games is a dream come true. It’s a good responsibility to feel – it’s like you’ve taken on the responsibility to represent the best your country can offer. When you’re there, experiencing those seconds of competition, you realise that all the effort was worth it.
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