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Lençoenses personalities

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Claudinei Quirino

Claudinei Quirino, Brazilian athletics champion, was born in Lençóis Paulista, on November 19, 1970. At the age of 21, when he decided to accompany a friend to training, Claudinei was discovered by a coach, who soon noticed the boy's talent and It was then that the boy from a humble family had his life transformed.

 

At the time, he worked at a roadside bar, in Lençóis Paulista, in the first competition he participated in, Claudinei was invited to train in Salto (SP) and later in Presidente Prudente (SP), where he began to gain more prominence. It was there that, even facing physical and financial difficulties, he became one of the greatest Brazilian sprinters of all time.

 

Claudinei's specialty was the 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x100 sprint events. He conquered South American records in the 200m events, with a time of 19”89, and in the 4x100m relay, when the Brazilian team scored 37”90. In 1997, Claudinei won the bronze medal in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Athens (Greece). In 1999, in Seville (Spain), he took silver in the 200m and bronze in the 4x100. In the same year, at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg (Canada), he won gold in the 200m and 4x100 events. Soon after, he won another gold in the final stage of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Grand Prix, in Munich (Germany), in the 200m event. At the Sydney Olympic Games (Australia – 2000), forming the quartet with Edson Luciano, André Domingos and Vicente Lenilson in the 4x100, Claudinei won the silver medal, with 37”90. In 2003, at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), the same team from Sydney won another silver.

 

After saying goodbye to the sport early – a pubic surgery limited his performance – Claudinei was invited to join the Brazilian bobsled team as a reserve athlete at the Turin Winter Games (Italy – 2006). Currently, through the “Heroes of Athletics” program, he encourages young athletes to study and practice the sport. Claudinei Quirino was the only athlete from Lençóis to participate in an Olympics.

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