Year of Birth: 1989
Place of Birth: Benedita/ Portugal
Weight: 59 kg
Height: 170 cm
Athlete Lives: Lisbon Portugal
Current Ranking: 6 (2795pts)
Young, persistent, patient, disciplined and absolutely in love with triathlon, João Silva is a name that will be remembered.
Born on the 14th May 1989 in Benedita, Portugal, João Pedro Silva is one of the best triathletes in the world.
In 2005, the youngster entered the triathlon world. He was far from thinking he´d turn out to be the biggest star in the country as well as one of the best worldwide.
Soon he showed his talent as junior triathlete and collected several medals in european and world championships.
In 2007, when he was European Duathlon Champion (Junior) the Portuguese Olympic Committee distinguished him with the title “Young Promise of the Year”. One year later he was nominated for “Gillette Future Champions” and assured several titles:
- Vice-European Triathlon Champion (Junior);
- European Triathlon Champion (U23);
- National Triathlon and Duathlon Champion (Junior).
2009 was a surprising year, as he was part of the Cross Country European Team (U23).
But 2010 was when João Silva reached his best results and showed the world what he was made of:
- Winner of Monterrey Triathlon World Cup;
- European Champion U23;
- 5th place in ITU World Championship ranking (best portuguese result ever);
- National Triathlon Champion (U23);
- 3rd place in the Olympic Qualification World Ranking.
With such an amazing season, the young triathlete didn´t go unnoticed and the Portuguese Olympic Committee distinguished him once again, this time with the “Olympic Medal” - a prize for the best athlete 2010 in an Olympic sport. Not long after, João goes back on stage for “Best male Athlete of the Year”, a ceremony presented by the Portuguese Sports Confederation.
By the end of the year he was also invited to be part of one of the biggest Portuguese clubs – Sporting Clube de Portugal.
The year of 2011 started with an unexpected title - National U23 Long Cross Country Champion – followed by ITU’s announcement – being part of the Gold Group 2011, an exquisite group of 10 elite male athletes and 10 elite woman athletes – basically the best ones in the world. In September, João reaches in Yokohama his first ever victory in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and finishes this season in the 13th place.
2012, Olympic year and João reaches the 9th Place at London,
The start of 2013 season was one of the best ever, making three consecutive podium finishes at ITU World Championships (Aukland, San Diego, Yokoama), just before a small injury prevent him from continue his fantastic season, finishing 6th overall rankings 2013.