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Luiz ARAPIRACA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderMen
Born26 Dec 1987 in Feira de Santana, BRA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Salvador, BRA
Occupation
Coach
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Santa Cecilia: Santos, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmers Djan Madruga and Luiz Lima, Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. (pan.uol.com.br, 06 Dec 2007; yesswim.com.br, 04 Aug 2014)
Injuries
He was sidelined for six months in 2011 due to a shoulder injury. (sportv.globo.com, 01 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always fight, maybe win, never give up." (globoesporte.globo.com, 21 Apr 2012)
Other sports
He has represented Brazil in open water swimming. He finished fifth in the 10km at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Aug 2017)
Famous relatives
His father Rogerio Arapiraca was also a swimmer and coached him as a child. (swimbrasil.com.br, 04 Aug 2016; pan.uol.com.br, 06 Dec 2007)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He has retired from competitive swimming. (cbda.org.br, 11 Jul 2018)

COACHING
He serves as coach of the Brazilian junior open water team. He also coaches at the Associacao Cultural e Esportiva Braskem club in Salvador, Brazil. (cbda.org.br, 11 Jul 2018; bestswim.com.br, 24 Jul 2018; supclub.waves.com.br, 07 Aug 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:39.32
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 1500m Freestyle 14:57.48
4 2012 Stockholm, SWE 1500m Freestyle 15:11.74
2 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:11.55
2 2008 Belo Horizonte, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:16.91
2 2007 Belo Horizonte, BRA 400m Freestyle 3:53.00
1 2007 Belo Horizonte, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:19.32
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
30 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:59.7
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 54:03.5
26 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 58:04.9
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:42:18.05
53 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:45:24.00
  2015 Viedma, ARG 10km  DNF
17 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:02:25.0
23 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:01:01.3