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Jhennifer CONCEIÇÃO
Sport Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Born13 Jun 1997 in Nova Friburgo, BRA
Height1.62 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Biomedical Science - Anhembi Morumbi University: São Paulo, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
She suffered a cardiac arrest at age five and had allergic rhinitis [inflammation of the inside of the nose], so her parents encouraged her to take up the sport for health reasons. Her parents contacted the 'Nadar e Viver' [Swimming is Living] organisation in Friburgo, Brazil, where she began practising the sport. "Before that I wanted to be a dentist, but I kind of stood out in my group and the coach advised my parents to keep me enrolled in swimming because he saw big potential in me."
Club / Team
EC Pinheiros: São Paulo, BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Jhenny (jhenny.com.br, 22 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a South American record in the 100m breaststroke at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy competition in Rome, Italy. (agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br, 04 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Rebecca Soni, Brazilian swimmer Etiene Medeiros. (cob.org.br, 21 Jul 2015; familaquatica.net, 06 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Only through the difficulties you know to cherish every achievement obtained, but you have to be willing to take the risks, and not point the finger at God and claim you did not get where you wanted because of someone else. Cowards do that, and you are not a coward, you are much bigger than that." [US movie character Rocky Balboa] (cob.org.br, 21 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Best Female University Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian University Sports Confederation [CBDU]. (bestswimming.swimchannel.net, 21 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Olympic Games. (uol.com.br, 04 Nov 2021)
Other information
THOUGHTS OF QUITTING
She considered quitting the sport after struggling with her mental health in 2016. "My career was going so fast and in 2016 I felt pressed by others, my parents, my club, my coach, and from myself. The following years I was not called to the national team for many criteria. In 2017 I only made the military national team and thought, 'I committed so much only to get this?' It was very difficult." She again considered leaving the sport when she was not included in the national team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I was in the pre-national team and I was training as if I were to go to Tokyo. I discovered at the last minute that I wouldn't go. The Brazilian Olympic Committee said they were considering me for [the 2024 Olympic Games in] Paris but it was difficult to accept after all the effort during the [COVID-19] pandemic, so much so that I didn't even watch the Games." (uol.com.br, 04 Nov 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 30.45
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.40
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.59
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:10.14
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 31.44
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Breaststroke 30.03
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.44
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Lima, PER 100m Breaststroke 1:08.00
3 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.96
1 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:08.28
1 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 30.93
5 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:08.94
1 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 30.68