Isaquias Queiroz made history this Friday (6) at Canal Sea Forest. The Bahian won the gold medal in the C1 1000 meters (m) canoeing speed event in the Tokyo Olympics (Japan). Running in lane 4, the athlete hit the mark of 4min04s408. Chinese Hao Liu took the silver medal in 4min05s724. The bronze went to Serghei Tarnovschi, from the Republic of Moldova, with a time of 4min06s069.
This is the fourth medal for the athlete from Bahia in the history of the Olympics. In the 2016 Games (Rio de Janeiro), he had already won two silver medals, in the C1 1000 m and in the C2 1000 m, and bronze in the C1 200 m. Now the Bahian is equal to the libero Serginho and the swimmer Gustavo Borges, a pair that also has four Olympic medals in their career.
Middleweight Hebert Conceição won the second medal for Brazilian boxing in Tokyo 2020 in the early hours of this Saturday (7). Born in Salvador (BA), the 23-year-old boxer recovered from an almost certain defeat with a knockout at the end of his fight, guaranteeing gold in the 75 kg category. With only about 90 seconds left, Hebert unleashed a powerful blow that left Olympic champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak on the ground and guaranteed the celebration for Brazil.
“I got lucky, it fit and it was knockout,” he said. “I don’t have that many knockouts, but I train a lot for that”. “It’s hard to talk about the feeling, it’s amazing, a great emotion, I felt the energy of everyone who was cheering. I thought during the rounds that there were a lot of people sending energy for this knockout. I believed I could and it was a good thing it happened, I was awarded and we deserve it”, said the boxer in a statement to the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB).
Last Tuesday (3), heavyweight Abner Teixeira won bronze in the under 91kg category, the first in the country. And at dawn this Sunday (8), the Bahian Bia Ferreira, current world champion, can guarantee another gold medal: she will face Irish Kellie Anne Herrington in the final of the 60kg category at 2:00 am (Brasilia time).
With an extra dose of emotion, Brazil beat Spain 2-1 this Saturday morning (7), in Yokohama (Japan), and secured the second consecutive gold medal in men’s football at the Olympic Games. The hero of the final was striker Malcolm, who went into overtime and decided. As a result, the country won its seventh gold medal at the Tokyo Games, equaling its performance in Rio five years ago.
The goal represented the conclusion of a curious story for the 24-year-old striker. He was part of Jardine’s initial list, but was not released by his club, Zenit, in Russia, as he still has a final to play with the team. Later, with the injury and cut of Douglas Augusto on the eve of the trip to Japan, he ended up being recalled, now with Zenit’s permission. He was the last athlete to present himself to the selection for the Olympics.
Brazil, which until 2016 collected disappointments in men’s football in the Olympics, now has two gold medals. The first was won at Maracanã, in Rio 2016. And this Saturday (7), at the Yokohama Stadium, the same where the main team won its last World Cup title, in 2002.
Kawan Pereira, 19, from Piauí, was the 10th best player at the Tokyo Games in diving on the 10-meter platform. It was the best result in the country’s history in the Olympic Games. The jumper, the only South American in the competition, had 393.85 points, ahead of American Brandon Loschiavo (383.65) and Mexican Andres Isaac Villarreal (381.75).
“I’m really happy. Duty done for me. It was a year of ups and downs. I had a foot injury a month and a half before coming here. It was difficult, but I did it. I hope that the ornamental heels gain more visibility and I am very grateful for the fans. I felt the good vibrations from here”, said the athlete, the youngest member of the jumping delegation, in a statement from the COB.
Altogether 12 jumpers competed in the final. Gold and silver were, respectively, with the Chinese Yun Cao (582.35) and Jian Yang (580.40). Briton Thomas Daley (548.25) took the bronze.
In the last equestrian event at the Tokyo Olympics (Japan), Brazil reached the sixth place in the final of the team jumping. It was not yet this time that the country returned to the podium in the modality, which happened last in Athens 2004, with rider Rodrigo Pessoa winning the gold. This Saturday (7), the team competition ended with Sweden in first, followed by the United States and Belgium.
Riding Alfons do Santo Antonio, rider Yuri Mansur (photo) had the best performance in the country in the final that brought together ten teams. He replaced the experienced Rodrigo Pessoa – the last to win a medal in the modality, the bronze, at the Athens Games (2000) – whose horse Carlito’s Way found some obstacles in the knockout phase, which took place on Friday (6). The Brazilian team also had Marlon Zanotelli riding VDL Edgar M and Pedro Veniss, with the horse Quabri d L’Isle,
The gold was decided in a private show by teams from Sweden and the United States. They finished tied with just eight points and went into a play-off round, which both passed unharmed, without punishment. The gold ended up with the Swedes because of the shorter time to complete the course.
The Brazilian team finished the qualifying stage in 12th place and did not advance to the end of the rhythmic gymnastics on Friday night (6) at the Ariake Gymnastics Center. The team formed by Beatriz Linhares, Deborah Medrado, Geovanna Santos, Maria Eduarda Arakaki and Nicole Pírcio added 73,250 points in the qualifying that brought together 12 teams. The medal dispute will be at 23:00 this Saturday (7). Among the 10 teams in the final are Bulgaria, ranked first with 91,800 points, followed by the Russian Olympic Committee (89,050 points) and Italy (87,150 points).
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