Isaquias Queiroz made history this Friday (6) in the Canal Sea Forest. Bahian won the gold medal in the C1 1000 m (m) canoeing speed event at the Tokyo Olympics (Japan). Running in lane 4, the athlete hit the 4min04s408 mark. Chinese Hao Liu won the silver medal in 4 min 05 s 724. The bronze went to Sergei Tarnovsky from the Republic of Moldova with a time of 4min06s069.
This is the fourth medal for an athlete from Bahia in Olympic history. At the 2016 Games (Rio de Janeiro), he had already won two silver medals, in the C1 1000 m and C2 1000 m, and bronze in the C1 200 m. Now Bahian is on par with Libero Serginho and swimmer Gustavo Borges, a pair who also have four Olympic medals in their careers.
Middleweight Hebert Concicao won a second medal for Brazilian boxing at Tokyo 2020 in the early hours of this Saturday (7). Born in Salvador (BA), the 23-year-old boxer guaranteed gold in the 75kg category by overcoming an almost certain defeat with a knockout at the end of his fight. With only 90 seconds left, Hebert delivered a powerful blow that left Olympic champion Oleksandr Khazniak on the field and guaranteed celebrations for Brazil.
“I got lucky, it was fit and it was the knockout,” he said. “I don’t have that many knockouts, but I train a lot for it.” “The feeling is hard to talk about, it’s amazing, a great feeling, I felt the energy of everyone who was excited. I thought during the round that a lot of people were sending energy to this knockout. I believed I could and it was a good thing that it happened, I was honored and we deserve it”, the boxer said in a statement to the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB).
Last Tuesday (3), heavyweight Abner Teixeira won bronze in the under 91kg category, a first in the country. And at the dawn of this Sunday (8), the current world champion, Bahian Bia Ferreira, could guarantee another gold medal: she will take on Irish Kelly Anne Harrington in the final of the 60kg category at 2:00 PM (Brasilia time) .
With an extra dose of emotion, Brazil beat Spain 2-1 on Saturday morning (7) in Yokohama (Japan) to secure a second consecutive gold medal in men’s football at the Olympic Games. The hero of the final was striker Malcolm, who decided to go into overtime. As a result, the country won its seventh gold medal at the Tokyo Games, equaling its performance in Rio five years earlier.
The goal represents the conclusion of a curious story for the 24-year-old striker. He was part of Jardin’s initial list, but was not released by his club in Russia, Zenit, as he still has a final to play with the team. Later, with an injury and cut from Douglas Augusto on the eve of his trip to Japan, now with Zenit’s permission, he was recalled. He was the last athlete to offer himself for selection for the Olympics.
Brazil, which had a disappointment in men’s football at the 2016 Olympics, now has two gold medals. The first Rio was won in 2016 in Maracan. And this Saturday (7), at Yokohama Stadium, the same place where the main team won their last World Cup title in 2002.
Kavan Pereira, 19, of Piau, was the 10th best athlete at the Tokyo Games in diving on the 10m platform. This was the best result in the history of the country at the Olympic Games. The only South American jumper in the competition had 393.85 points, ahead of American Brandon Loschiavo (383.65) and Mexican Andrés Isaac Villarreal (381.75).
“I’m very happy. Duty done for me. It was a year of ups and downs. I hurt my leg a month and a half before coming here. It was tough, but I managed. I hope diving has more visibility.” And I’m so grateful by the fans. I felt the good vibes here,” the athlete, the youngest member of the jumping delegation, said in a statement to COB.
A total of 12 jumpers took part in the finals. Chinese Yun Cao (582.35) and Jian Yang (580.40) were followed by gold and silver, respectively. Briton Thomas Daly (548.25) won the bronze medal.
In the last equestrian event at the Tokyo Olympics (Japan), Brazil finished sixth in the team jumping final. It was not yet this time that the country returned to the podium in Modality, the last time being in Athens 2004, with rider Rodrigo Pessoa winning gold. This Saturday (7), the team competition ended with Sweden first, followed by the United States and Belgium.
Riding Alfonso do Santo Antonio, rider Yuri Mansur (photo) had the best performance in the country in the final which brought ten teams together. He replaced the veteran Rodrigo Pessoa – the last to win a bronze medal in the sport at the Athens Games (2000) – whose horse Carlito Way found some obstacles in the knockout stage held on Friday (6). The Brazilian team also had Marlon Zanotelli riding VDL Edgar M and Pedro Venice, along with the horse Quabri de l’Isle,
The gold in a private show was decided by the teams from Sweden and the United States. They were tied with only eight points and went on to a play-off round, which they both passed without a penalty. Gold ended up with Sweden due to the short time to complete the course.
The Brazilian team finished the qualifying stage in 12th place and did not progress until the end of the rhythmic gymnastics held at the Ariac Gymnastics Center on Friday night (6). The team formed by Beatriz Linhares, Deborah Medrado, Giovanna Santos, María Eduarda Arkaki and Nicole Pircio scored a total of 73,250 points in qualifying which brought the 12 teams together. The medal dispute will take place this Saturday (7) at 23:00. Among the 10 teams in the final, Bulgaria is in first place with 91,800 points, followed by the Russian Olympic Committee (89,050 points) and Italy (87,150 points).