Brazilian sprinter Thiago Braz won the bronze medal in the pole vault on Tuesday (3) at the Tokyo Olympic Games. In just one day, Brazil climbed to the podium four times: victories that could lead the country to surpass the record 19 medals it held five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio 2016 gold medalist Thiago Braz took bronze on Tuesday after crossing the 5-meter mark and 87. Five years ago, the athlete broke the Olympic record by beating 6.03 metres, a feat that Swede Armand Duplantis, who He won the gold medal when he reached 6m 02. American Christopher Nielsen won the silver medal after defeating the 5m 97.
“I was confident that I would get the gold, but it didn’t work. Two days ago, I dreamed that I won the bronze. I looked at my chest and I didn’t like it, I wanted the gold, but I was also grateful anyway. I was sure that 5.87 meters was a medal He stated in an interview with Globe Sports.
The bronze medal marks the return of Thiago Brazz. Since the impressive victory in Rio de Janeiro, the 27-year-old from Sao Paulo has faced a series of difficulties: from negative results to a change of coaches. He has also been left without a club and, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has moved away from the elite with the pole.
In total, Brazil climbed to the podium four times this Tuesday. Prior to Thiago Brazz, sailors Martin Grill and Kahina Konzi won gold in the 49er FX sailing class. In athletics, Alison dos Santos won the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles. Abner Teixeira also took the bronze for Brazil in boxing.
14 medals for Brazil
To date, Brazil has won 14 medals: three gold, three silver and eight bronze. The country has the chance to surpass the historic record of Rio 2016 of 19 medals. At least one of them is already guaranteed in boxing, with Beatrice Ferreira, a favorite in the semi-finals in the 60 kg class, on Thursday (5), against Finland’s Mira Potkonen.
Brazil also dominates betting on men’s soccer and volleyball, as well as high expectations to win a medal with Ana Marcela Kona. The athlete will compete on Tuesday evening (Wednesday JST) for the water marathon final.
There are at least six other good chances to podium: Darlan Romani, in athletics, Izquias Queiroz, in rowing, Luizinho and Pedro Quintas, in skateboarding, and the Alison and Evandro duo, in beach volleyball, as well as women’s volleyball. Jose Roberto Guimarães’ team defeated Kenya on Monday (2) by 3 sets to zero and faces the Russian Olympic Committee on Wednesday (4).
If Brazil achieves the goal of 20 medals and surpasses the historic record at Rio 2016, Brazil will achieve what only one country has achieved so far: surpassing the Olympic podiums after those it hosted. Only the United Kingdom scored this achievement, having hosted the Games in 2012, in which it won 65 medals. Four years later, in Rio de Janeiro, the British climbed to the podium 67 times.
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