Obsession for Para Athletics
After his accident and the amputation of his left leg, he heard of Heinrich Popow. His positive attitude concerning sport with a leg amputation and his success at the Paralympic Games in London 2012 and his passion about inspiring people, brought Vinicius to the decision: "I want to be like him".
At the Running Clinic in Brazil 2013, he met Heinrich and ran on a sports prosthesis for the first time. Since then he has been obsessed with Para athletics and sprinting and trains hard to get better.
"As an Ottobock ambassador it is very important to me to motivate and inspire others with a disability to do sports"
Vinicius Rodrigues, Para athlete and Ottobock ambassador
Training for gold and breaking his personal best
In April 2019, during the Sao Paulo World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Brazil, he impressed everybody in the men's T63 100 metre race. The clock stopped at 11.95 seconds - the first, and until now, only person in his classification breaking the 12 seconds mark.
In November of the same year, at the World Para Championship in Dubai, he won the bronze medal in the 100m race, with a time of 12.38 seconds.
He qualified for the Paralympics in Tokyo and now is training for winning an individual gold medal there, breaking his own world record.
- Nation: Brazil
- Year of birth: 1994
- Sport: Para Athletics – 100 m
- Classification: T63
- Coach: Amaury Vagner Veríssimo, Fabio Dias
- Club: CPB - Brazilian Paralympic Center
Victories and achievements
- World Para Athletics Championships Dubai 2019:
- Bronze medal on 100 m
- World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Sao Paulo 2019:
- Gold medal on 100 m in 11.95 sec (World Record)
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