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Leonardo DE DEUS
Sport Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderMen
Born18 Jan 1991 in Campo Grande, BRA
Height1.75 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Bianca Nobrega, son Theo [2020]
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 12 at the rowing club in Belem, Brazil.
Club / Team
Universidade Santa Cecilia [Unisanta]: Santos, BRA
Name of coach
Felipe Domingues [personal, national], BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Leo (campograndenews.com.br, 21 Oct 2017)
Hobbies
Tennis, surfing, stand-up paddling, going to the movies, playing video games, reading. (leonardogdeus.com, 29 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (leonardogdeus.com, 06 Jun 2012)
Injuries
In 2019 he competed at the Brazilian Pan American Games trials with a back injury [a herniated disc] that affected his performance. The injury forced him out of the pool for three weeks. (istoe.com.br, 07 Aug 2019; metrojornal.com.br, 07 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be like the water and make your way through the cracks. Don't be assertive but adjust yourself to your goals. You should always find a way to achieve them." (cob.org.br, Aug 2015)
Other sports
He has taken part in open water swimming competitions in Brazil. (swimchannel.net, 03 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To win a fourth Pan American Games gold medal in 2023 in the men's 200m butterfly. (campograndenews.com.br, 15 Dec 2019; metrojornal.com.br, 07 Aug 2019)
Other information
UNEXPECTED MEDAL
In 2019 he was left out of the Brazilian swimming team for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, due to a back injury. However, just days before the beginning of the Games, fellow Brazilian swimmer Gabriel Santos was suspended which gave him the chance to compete at the Games and he won a third Pan American gold medal in the 200m butterfly. "The Brazilian Olympic Committee knew about my potential and how I would be missed at the Games. But sadly, according to the qualifying process, I was not eligible to compete. I think it was something from God, now I have become a triple Pan American Games champion." (istoe.com.br, 07 Aug 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as president of the athletes' commission of the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Confederation [CBDA]. (cbda.org.br, 23 May 2017)

BUSINESS
He runs LD Sports, a sports apparel store, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Instagram profile, 07 Oct 2021, 14 Oct 2021; ldsports.com.br, 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:55.19
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 1:57.67
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 1:56.77
13 2012 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 1:58.14
21 2012 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 1:58.03
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:56.18
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 1:58.74
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 1:55.96
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:56.85
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:57.89
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:56.02
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:57.96
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Backstroke 1:57.92
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 1:56.44
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:36.31
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:59.77
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:57.58
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Backstroke 1:56.41
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:53.94
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:54.22
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 51.69
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
11 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Backstroke 1:52.59 
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Butterfly 1:52.65
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:54.43
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 53.37
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Lima, PER 200m Butterfly 1:55.86
3 2019 Lima, PER 200m Backstroke 1:58.73
2 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2015 Toronto, ON, CAN 200m Butterfly 1:55.01
1 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 200m Butterfly 1:57.92
5 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 200m Backstroke 2:03.28
2 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:21.96
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:55.02
5 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 1:54.43
4 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 1:53.66
35 2010   Overall  
1 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 1:53.78
3 2010 Stockholm, SWE 200m Butterfly 1:54.64
3 2008 Belo Horizonte, BRA 200m Butterfly 1:59.43