Antônio Lira

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameAntônio•Pereira Lira
Used nameAntônio•Lira
Born13 November 1909 in João Pessoa, Paraíba (BRA)
Died23 August 1963 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Measurements178 cm
NOC Brazil


Antônio Lyra was a shot putter who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, without making a fair throw, but was a Brazilian and South American champion. Lyra was a military man who became a general in the Brazilian army, and had a brother who was a minister in the Brazilian government. Antônio Lyra spent many years as commander of the Escola de Educação Física do Exército. In 1963, Lyra was attacked, shot and killed by a young man who was upset with Brazil’s government.

Personal Best: SP – 14.18 (1941).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics BRA Antônio Lira
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) NM
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics BRA Antônio Lira
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) AC r1/2

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1932 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony BRA Antônio Lira

Special Notes