Adhemar Ferreira da Silva:
A Golden Brazilian.
"MAN WHEN COMES TO THIS WORLD DOES NOT KNOW WHY HE CAME, OR WHERE HE IS GOING TO. THANKS TO SPORT, I WENT FAR. I ESCAPED FROM DRUGS AND VIOLENCE".
ADHEMAR FERREIRA DA SILVA, the only Brazilian athlete with two Olympic gold medals, was born in the suburbian city of Casa Verde in São Paulo, on September 29 of 1927.
The only child of a railroad worker and a cook, Adhemar was a skinny boy with long and skinny legs, who spent his free time helping his parents do make money which was little, and that kept him away from the streets and its problems. Close to complete his nineteen years of age, Adhemar, through a friend, was introduced to an athletic track with athlets and coaches. His enthusiasm and curiosity went to an odd specialty. The triple jump.
When Adhemar Ferreira da Silva entered the track to dispute the triple jump at the Helsinque Olympic in Finland in 1952, he was not expecting to break the world record, in which at the time was of 16m., he also did not expect to repeat so four times in the same afternoon. He jumped 16.05 m., 16.09m., 16.12m. and 16.22m.. For the first time an athlete gave a "Olympic run" all around the stadium's track to be closely applauded by the public. In the following Olympic games, in Melbourn Australia, in 1956, he received again the gold medal, jumping 16.35m., establishing a new olympic record. His first competition was at "Troféu Brasil" in 1947, where he got the mark of 13.05m. He is a South American five times champion, and a Pan American three times champion. He won the Portuguese-Brazilian championship in Lisbon in 1960. He's been ten times Brazilian champion having more than 40 titles and international trophes.
Adhemar is a graduated sculptor from the "Escola Tecnica Federal of S.P. (1948), Physical Education from the Military School, law from "Universidade do Brasil" (1968) and Public Relations from the "Faculdade de Comunicação Social Casper Libero" (1990).
He was Cultural Attached at the Brazilian Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria from 1964 to 1967.
In 1956 he acted on the play "Orfeu da Conceição" by Vinicius de Moraes, and acted on the french-italian movie "Black Orpheus" in 1962, which received the best foreign movie Oscar.
Courrently, Adhemar Ferreira da Silva work for the State and is part of the Athletic Gran Prix Organization which happen in May, in Brazil which is part of the IAAF calendar.
Text - Adyel Santos.
Research source: 1000 Que Fizeram o Século 20. Isto É - The Times.
Photos: Ferreira da Silva's family archives.
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