Paulo Roberto de Almeida Paula prevailed in the race for the cross at the Associaco Atlética do Porto held in Felogiras (Portugal), qualified to represent Brazil in the Tokyo Olympic Marathon (Japan). Last Saturday (27), the long-distance runner, representative of the Portuguese club Saligiros, completed the men’s kilometer ten kilometers in 31 minutes and 12 seconds.
“He showed up to be well trained as the course of this competition is very tough, with many turns and breaks in speed. We are in an important stage of preparing for the Olympics and he is resistant and strong in his feet”, Prakash Inserted. Paulo Roberto’s coach and twin brother, Luiz Fernando de Almeida Paula, for the Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt).
It was only the second race for the 41-year-old Sao Paulo runner-up in the last 13 months. He was able to compete in the first competition since the onset of the epidemic of the new Coronavirus (Kovid-19), when he finished sixth in the Guimares Street Race (Portugal) at intervals of 30 minutes and 15 seconds.
Paulo Roberto received the index for Tokyo in February last year when he ran the Seville Marathon (Spain) in two hours, ten minutes and eight seconds, surpassing the required time in one minute and 22 seconds. He represented Brazil at the London Games (United Kingdom) in 2012, coming in eighth place; And in Rio de Janeiro, 2016, finished the marathon in 12th place.