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João GOMES JÚNIOR
Sport Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderMen
Born21 Jan 1986 in Vitória, BRA
Height1.90 m
Weight 89 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Information Technology - Higher Education Alternative Centre: Serra, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in Vitoria, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He originally tried football as a child but did not get selected for the team. He was considering which sport to pursue until he had a swim in a pool on a hot day and decided on swimming. "I learn to swim in just three months, then I got into the intermediate team [of Club Aest] and finally in the top team. Everything just happened naturally, without thinking about results. It was pure fun."
Club / Team
EC Pinheiros: São Paulo, BRA
Name of coach
Tiago Moreno [club], BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Jao (Facebook page, 06 May 2021)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (cob.org.br, 01 Jul 2016)
Other information
ABSENCE FROM THE POOL
He spent five months away from the pool due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Brazil: "I have stood still a long period, without going to the pool. When I was able to return to my practise in the water, it was a weird feeling because I was several months without the contact with the water. For us, athletes, it turns into a strange activity. But I believe I was able to readapt very quickly. With only two, three training sessions I could feel better again. It was the longest period I have stayed without swimming, in my career. The longest was three weeks after the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and this time was almost five months." (surtoolimpico.com.br, 26 Sep 2020)

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
In October 2019 he joined fellow Brazilian swimmer Etiene Medeiros in her social project named 'Touca Rosa' [Pink Cap] which aims to raise funds for the fight against women's breast cancer. He joined with the initiative 'Touca Azul' [Blue Cap] aimed to raise funds against men's prostate cancer. "Doing this campaign is for me being able to help those people in need. I had a case in my family, when my mother had breast cancer and I wanted to help in any way. I hope that with my media exposure I can help. It's something that motivates me and it's also very rewarding." (maquinadoesporte.uol.com.br, 03 Oct 2019)

SANCTION
In February 2015 he was suspended for six months by the International Swimming Federation [FINA] after testing positive for a banned diuretic while competing at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar. The ban was in place from December 2014 to June 2015. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 27 Feb 2015)

ACADEMY
Alongside fellow Brazilian swimmer Guilherme Guido, he launched a sports academy in Limera, Brazil. (collabsports.com.br, 13 Oct 2021; academiaguilhermeguido.com.br, 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 59.31
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke DSQ
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:34.66
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.07
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Breaststroke 26.69
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 59.32
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.86
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 26.52
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 59.56
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.53
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 27.20
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:00.40
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 1:00.88
7 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Breaststroke 27.31
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Breaststroke  DSQ
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Breaststroke 25.80
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.91
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Breaststroke 26.02
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 57.26
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 59.05
8 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 26.39
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 58.51
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 26.50
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 26.80
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Lima, PER 100m Breaststroke 59.51
1 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.61
2 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.98
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 50m Breaststroke 26.65
7 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 59.36
5 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Breaststroke 26.59
2 2012 Stockholm, SWE 50m Breaststroke 26.69
4 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 58.80
2 2010 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 26.96
2 2010 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 58.94
3 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Breaststroke 27.04
3 2010 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 26.74