Brazilian athlete Thiago Braz won a bronze medal in pole vault at the Tokyo Olympic Games this Tuesday (3). In just one day, Brazil climbed the podium four times: a victory that could propel the country to surpass the record of 19 medals achieved five years earlier in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio-2016 gold medalist, Thiago Brez crossed the 5m87 mark to win the bronze this Tuesday. Five years earlier, the athlete broke the Olympic record by surpassing 6.03 m, a feat that could not be achieved by Swedish Armand Duplantis, who won the gold medal when he reached 6 m 02. American Christopher Nilsson won the silver medal crossing 5m97.
“I was convinced to get the gold, but it didn’t work out. Two days ago, I dreamed I’d won the bronze. I looked at my chest and didn’t like it, I should have gone to sleep, but I was grateful anyway.” I was sure that 5, 87 meters was a medal,” he declared in an interview. globe sports.
The bronze medal represents a return for Thiago Brees. Since the resounding victory in Rio de Janeiro, the 27-year-old from Sao Paulo has faced many difficulties: from negative results to changing coaches. He was also left without a club and, with the COVID-19 pandemic, moved away from the pole vault elite.
In total, Brazil climbed the podium four times this Tuesday. Prior to Thiago Braz, sailors Martin Grail and Kahena Kunj won gold in the 49er FX class of sailing. In athletics, Alison dos Santos won the bronze medal in the 400 m hurdles. Abner Teixeira won the bronze medal in boxing for Brazil.
14 medals for Brazil
So far Brazil has 14 medals: three gold, three silver and eight bronze. The country has a chance to break the historic record of 19 medals in Rio-2016. The least of them is already guaranteed in boxing, Beatriz Ferreira, the favorite in the semi-final contention in the 60kg category, against Finnish Mira Potkonen on Thursday (5).
In addition to high hopes for a medal with Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil also dominates football and men’s volleyball at stake. Athletes dispute the finals of the aquatic marathon this Tuesday night (Wednesday, Japanese time).
There are at least six other good podium chances: Darlan Romani in athletics, Isaacius Queiroz in canoeing, Luizinho and Pedro Quintas in skateboarding, doubles Alisson and Evandro in beach volleyball, in addition to women’s volleyball. Jose Roberto Guimaraes’ team defeated Kenya by 3 sets to zero on Monday (2) and faced the Russian Olympic Committee on Wednesday (4).
If it meets the target of 20 medals and exceeds the historic record of Rio-2016, Brazil will achieve what only one country has achieved so far: surpassing the number of podiums in an Olympics, which was hosted. Only the United Kingdom recorded this feat after hosting the Games in 2012, in which it won 65 medals. Four years later, in Rio de Janeiro, the Englishman climbed the podium 67 times.