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Robson Caetano da Silva (born September 4, 1964 in Rio de Janeiro) is the most successful Brazilian sprinter to date. He participated in four consecutive Olympic Summer Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996) and won the bronze medal over 200 metres in the 1988 Seoul Olympics as well as in the 4×100 m relay in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Róbson da Silva
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Personal information
Full nameRóbson Caetano da Silva
Nationality Brazil
Born (1964-09-04) September 4, 1964 (age 54)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
SportTrack and field
Updated on 8 May 2013.

Possibly Da Silva's greatest achievement was a series of three victories at World Cup competitions (1985, 1989, and 1992) over 200 m. In his career, da Silva set two South American records over 100 metres and five over 200 m. In 1989, he was ranked No. 1 in the world with a time of 19.96 s over 200 m. His personal best of 10.00 makes him the fastest South American in history.

Regarding performance-enhancing drugs, Da Silva has stated he decided "not to take [PED's] and lose because it was a matter of character [and] dignity".[1]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Brazil
1979 South American Youth Championships Cochabamba, Bolivia 2nd 100 m 11.0 s A
3rd 200 m 22.6 s A
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.1 s A
1981 South American Junior Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st Long jump 7.40
1982 Pan American Junior Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1st 100 m 10.34 (w)
5th Long jump 7.23 m
4th 4 × 100 m relay 3:28.03
1983 South American Junior Championships Medellín, Colombia 1st 100 m 10.49
1st 200 m 21.10
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 30th (qf) 100 m 10.66
Pan American Games Caracas, Venezuela 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 39.08
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 13th (sf) 200 m 20.80
6th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 39.27
1985 South American Championships Santiago, Chile 2nd 100 m 10.45
1st 200 m 20.70
World Cup Canberra, Australia 1st 200 m 20.441
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 38.311
1986 Ibero-American Championships Havana, Cuba 1st 100 m 10.02 (+1.8 m/s)
1st 200 m 20.43 (+1.2 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m relay 39.30
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 3rd 200 m 20.92
South American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st 100 m 10.39
1st 200 m 21.04
Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 2nd 200 m 20.49
World Championships Rome, Italy 26th (qf) 100 m 10.53
4th 200 m 20.22
9th (sf) 4 × 100 m relay 39.22
1988 Ibero-American Championships Mexico City, Mexico 1st 100 m 10.08 (+1.2 m/s) A
1st 200 m 20.05 (-0.3 m/s) A
2nd (h)[2] 4 × 100 m relay 39.20 A
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 5th 100 m 10.11
3rd 200 m 20.04
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd (sf) 200 m 20.862
South American Championships Medellín, Colombia 1st 200 m 20.44
Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 1st 200 m 20.33 (w)
World Cup Barcelona, Spain 1st 200 m 20.001
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 2nd 200 m 20.77
Ibero-American Championships Manaus, Brazil 1st 100 m 10.12 (+1.2 m/s)
1st 200 m 20.43 (+0.3 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m relay 40.37
1991 South American Championships Manaus, Brazil 1st 100 m 10.18
1st 200 m 20.79
Pan American Games Havana, Cuba 1st 100 m 10.32
1st 200 m 20.15
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 7th 100 m 10.12
4th 200 m 20.49
1992 Ibero-American Championships Seville, Spain 1st 200 m 20.58 (-2.6 m/s)
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 39.63
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 9th (sf) 100 m 10.32
4th 200 m 20.45
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.61
World Cup Havana, Cuba 4th 100 m 10.341
1st 200 m 20.561
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 38.511
1993 South American Championships Lima, Peru 1st 100 m 10.58
1st 200 m 20.90
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd (qf) 200 m 20.243
1994 World Cup London, United Kingdom 4th 4 × 100 m relay 39.391
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 4th 200 m 20.60
South American Championships Manaus, Brazil 1st 100 m 10.29
1st 200 m 20.54
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th (sf) 100 m 10.20
4th 200 m 20.21
6th 4 × 100 m relay 39.35
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 24th (qf) 200 m 20.65
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 38.41
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 6th 4 × 100 m relay 38.48
1998 Ibero-American Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th 200 m 21.08
1st 4 × 100 m relay 39.82

1Representing the Americas
2Disqualified in the final
3Disqualified in the semifinals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ESPN 30 on 30: 9.79* https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2318158/
  2. ^ Did not finish in the final

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