Emanuel Silva (POR)

Emanuel Silva (POR)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
04 December 1985
186 cm
88 kg
One daughter
Braga, POR
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Nursing - University of Minho: Braga, POR


General Interest

Mane (baku2015.com, 16 Jun 2015)
Using the internet, cycling. (baku2015.com, 16 Jun 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the K2 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (baku2015.com, 16 Jun 2015)
Since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he has had two operations on a hernia and has also been diagnosed with nephropathy. The condition is characterised by damage to the kidneys and it has affected his ability to train consistently. (sporting.pt, 03 Jun 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't waste the opportunities life gives you." (sapo.pt, 25 Sep 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry of Portugal in May 2015. (presidencia.pt, 27 May 2015)

He was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year by the Portuguese Canoeing Federation [FPC]. The award was shared with Fernando Pimenta, Joao Ribeiro and David Fernandes. (sporting.pt, 13 Feb 2015)

He was named Best Male Sportsperson at the 2013 Portuguese Golden Globe Awards. (record.xl.pt, 19 May 2013)

He and K2 500m racing partner Joao Ribeiro were named Team of the Year in the 2013 Portuguese Sports Confederation Sports Gala. (ptradical.com, 15 Nov 2013)

He was named Athlete of the Year by the Portuguese Canoeing Federation in 2005. (record.xl.pt, 03 Dec 2005)
Other information
He and Fernando Pimenta became the first Portuguese sprint paddlers to win a medal at the Olympic Games. The pair claimed silver in the K2 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2015; Fernando Pimenta's Facebook page, 08 Aug 2015)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling in 1997 at the Nautical Club of Fao in Portugal.
Why this sport?
He originally took up canoeing as a summer sport, but after early success he decided to dedicate more time to the sport.
Club / Team
Sporting Club de Portugal: Lisbon, POR
Name of coach
Jose Sousa [national]; Helio Lucas [national]


Olympic GamesK2 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro18 August 20162016Men3:12.8894Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Men3:07.4826Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK2 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012MenDNS14
Olympic GamesK2 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:09.6992Best result
Olympic GamesK1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Men1:45.98517
Olympic GamesK1 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men3:34.50810Best result
Olympic GamesK1 500mGreece, Athens28 August 20042004Men1:43.05121
Olympic GamesK1 1000mGreece, Athens27 August 20042004Men3:33.8627Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men2:58.8025Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men10Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men2:46.9392Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men1:32.6221Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Men3:25.8597Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men3:28.73518
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Men2:51.76211Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Men1:40.23720
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men3:50.51513
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Men3:43.5477Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mRussia, Moscow26 June 20162016Men1:31.6726Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mRussia, Moscow25 June 20162016Men3:13.77610Latest result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mRussia, Moscow26 June 20162016Men2:53.5484Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mCzech Republic, Racice2 May 20152015Men3:20.6725Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mCzech Republic, Racice3 May 20152015Men2:58.1522Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mGermany, Brandenburg13 July 20142014Men1:31.0301Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mGermany, Brandenburg13 July 20142014Men2:56.9323Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho15 June 20132013Men3:13.7877Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Men2:56.8562Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mSerbia, Belgrade19 June 20112011Men1:30.7393Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Men2:49.6181Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Men1:29.6583Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mSpain, Trasona3 July 20102010Men3:13.8534Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mGermany, Brandenburg27 June 20092009Men3:20.96913
European ChampionshipsK1 500mItaly, Milan18 May 20082008Men12
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan17 May 20082008Men3:37.1506Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Men11
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Pontevedra30 June 20072007Men3:45.2488
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan30 July 20052005Men3:29.6743Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan22 May 20042004Men3:36.9227Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak21 August 20112011Men19
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Men20
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Men15
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Men15
World CupIndividual Kayak3 September 20062006Men17