Tânia Anacleto Gregório (also Tanya Anacleto, May 1, 1976 – February 9, 2003) was a Mozambican former swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[1] She represented Mozambique at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and also held numerous national records in a sprint freestyle double (both 50 and 100 m).[2]

Tanya Anacleto
Personal information
Full nameTânia Anacleto Gregório
Nationality Mozambique
Born(1976-05-01)1 May 1976
Beira, Mozambique
Died9 February 2003(2003-02-09) (aged 26)
Maputo, Mozambique
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)

Anacleto competed only in the women's 50 m freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She received a ticket from FINA, under a Universality program, in an entry time of 29.48.[3] She challenged seven other swimmers in heat three, including Nigeria's top favorite Ngozi Monu and Aruba's 15-year-old teen Roshendra Vrolijk. Diving in with a fastest reaction of 0.64 seconds, Anacleto scorched the field effortlessly to hit the wall with a second-fastest time and a Mozambican record of 28.78. Anacleto failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed fifty-eighth overall out of 74 swimmers in the prelims.[4][5][6]

On February 9, 2003, Anacleto and her husband Reginaldo Correia were killed instantly in a road accident after their car crashed into the tree across the Mozambican countryside.[7][8]


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  2. ^ "After deluge Moz wants success". News24. 15 September 2000. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 3)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 3" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 164. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Results from the Summer Olympics – Swimming (Women's 50m Freestyle)". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Atletas de Natação fora da Competição Sidney 2000" [Swimmers are out of the competition in Sydney 2000] (in Portuguese). Mozambique Online. 25 September 2000. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Melhor nadadora moçambicana morre em acidente de viação" [Mozambican best swimmer dies in road accident] (in Portuguese). Notícias Lusófonas. 9 February 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  8. ^ Ernesto, Nelson (9 February 2003). "Família da natação homenageia Tânia Anacleto" [Swimming family honors Tania Anacleto] (in Portuguese). Notícias Lusófonas. Retrieved 25 June 2013.