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Poliana OKIMOTO
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Born08 Mar 1983 in São Paulo, BRA
Height1.65 m
Weight 52 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Ricardo Cintra
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Serves in the Army
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Liberal Studies - Santa Cecilia University [Unisanta]: Brazil
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two and started training at age seven. She began open water swimming at age 22.
Why this sport?
She switched to open water swimming after being influenced by her husband Ricardo Cintra.
International Debut
Year
1997
Competing for
Brazil
General Interest
Nicknames
Poli (Facebook profile, 15 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Watching TV and films, reading, travelling. (cob.org.br, 30 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 29 May 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, US basketballer Michael Jordan. (cob.org.br, 30 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She suffered a back injury in July 2014 that ruled her out of most of the 2014 World Cup series. (swimswam.com, 21 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending." [Chico Xavier] (cob.org.br, 30 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
She was selected to be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018. (swimswam.com, 13 Oct 2017)

She was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] 2013 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Jan 2014)

She was named Brazilian Athlete of the Year in 2013 by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. (polianaokimoto.com.br, 15 Jan 2017)
Other sports
She competed in swimming [800m freestyle] at the 2002 World Short Course Championships in Moscow, Russian Federation. (fina-budapest2017.com, 01 Jun 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 02 Sep 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In December 2017 she announced her retirement from professional sport due to her desire to become a mother, as well as losing sponsors ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She has continued competing in amateur events. (globoesporte.globo.com, 04 Dec 2017; clicrbs.com.br, 15 Mar 2018)

NATIONAL FIRSTS
She became the first Brazilian athlete to win a medal in open water swimming at the Olympic Games when she claimed bronze in the 10km at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also became the first Brazilian athlete to win a world championship medal in open water swimming when she won two silver medals at the 2006 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Naples, Italy. (ONS, 15 Aug 2016; unisanta.br, 11 Oct 2017)

HYPOTHERMIA
She had to withdraw from the 10km open water race at the 2012 Olympic Games in London due to hypothermia. She fainted shortly after she was rescued from the water and recovered in hospital. (estadao.com.br, 09 Aug 2012)

 Competition Highlights
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
31 2010   Overall  
3 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:32.88
3 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:10.06
3 2005/2006 Belo Horizonte, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:52.86
3 2005/2006 Belo Horizonte, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:21.42
2 2001/2002 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:48.65
2 2001 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:48.65
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:58:28.8
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 56:34.4
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:19.2
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 54:03.5
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:13.6
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 1:00:48.3
3 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 56:59.3
7 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:01:41.5
6 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 5km 1:00:48.7
8 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km 2:04:09.1
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2017   10km  
25 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:13.7
2 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:12:13.54
2 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:19.80
6 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:00:13.58
2 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:06:15
4 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:07:45.4
3 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:26.40
6 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:48:07.01
2 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:12:38
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:20.9
2 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:14.35
2 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:03:54.4
1 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:02:48.5
4 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:02:39.25
1 2011 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:01:58
2 2011 Santos, BRA 10km 2:13:07.28
5 2010 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:16:36.4
1 2009   10km  
1 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:58:58.69
1 2009 Copenhagen, DEN 10km 2:05:17
1 2009 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:52:32.45
1 2009 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:07:18.4
1 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 2:04:40.8
1 2009 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:05:48.96
2 2009 Santos, BRA 10km 2:09:58.23
1 2009 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:42:32.18
1 2009 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:12:30.29
1 2009 Sharjah, UAE 10km 1:58:17.56
2 2009 Varna, BUL 10km 2:16:06.64
1 2008 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:56:01.27
9 2008 Santos, BRA 10km 2:04:41.36
3 2007   10km  
1 2007 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:50:11.35
3 2007 Seville, ESP 10km 2:00:06.78
1 2007 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:47:49.49