Guilherme Paraense

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGuilherme•Paraense
Used nameGuilherme•Paraense
Born25 June 1884 in Belém, Pará (BRA)
Died18 April 1968 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
AffiliationsFluminense, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
NOC Brazil

Biography

As a young boy, Guilherme Paraense moved from his birthplace of Belém to Rio de Janeiro. He attended the Military School of Realengo, where he started practicing shooting and soon was discovered as a great talent. In 1914 in the rank of a lieutenant, he was one of the founders of the Revolver Club, in order to foster the sport of shooting. In the late 1910s, Paraense became Brazilian champion and, in 1922, South American champion in revolver shooting. Based on his solid results, Paraense was invited to join the Brazilian team for the 1920 Olympics. With his victory in the military pistol event, he was the first Brazilian gold medal winner. He later took part in the 1930 Brazilian Revolution, bringing the authoritarian president Gétulio Vargas to power. In 1952, Paraense left the Army as a lieutenant-colonel. Paraense died from a heart attack. The shooting range of the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras and an annual tournament are named in his honor.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting BRA Guilherme Paraense
Military Pistol, Team, Men (Olympic) Brazil 4
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Brazil 3 Bronze
Military Pistol, 30 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1920 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony BRA Guilherme Paraense