First modification: 08/04/2021 – 03:04
Brazil won its fifteenth medal with gold from Ana Marcela Cunha. The Brazilian won with a time of 1h5930 ‘to collect the 10 kilometers of open water swimming. Sharon van Rouwendaal from the Netherlands and Keerana Lee from Australia complete the podium. It is the fourth gold medal of the South American country in these Olympic Games and the first Olympic title for the Brazilian swimmer.
The twelfth day of the Tokyo Olympics began with an open water swimming event followed by tryouts from the oldest Olympic sport, athletics, and one of the newer Olympic sports with skateboarding.
In addition to Ana Marcela Cunha, athletes such as the French Kevin Mayer in the decathlon and the American Sydney McLaughin in the 400m hurdles are the figures that could stand out in the course of the night.
These are the highlights of the Olympic Games on August 4:
- Ana Marcela Cunha finally takes an Olympic title in open water 10km
It is an inmensa swimmer with a track record among the most relevant in swimming (five world titles in open water), but he lacked an Olympic medal. At 29 years old, Ana Marcela Cunha achieved it in the 10 km open water test. Throughout the race, the Brazilian was always present in the top positions.
In the hot water (29.7 °) of Odaiba Marine Park, after half an hour of competition, the American Ashley Twichell led the race along with Ana Marcela Cunha, ahead of Haley Anderson, the other swimmer from the United States, and the French Lara Grangeon de Villele.
After 4.30 km, the Brazilian took the lead of the race ahead of Twichell and the French Grangeon. It was then that the American began to accelerate in the second half of the race to open a gap of a few meters with her rivals. After 6.6 km, the difference between the first swimmer and the one in position 9 was just 10 seconds, which left open the options for the podium. Within this group was the Dutch Sharon van Rouwendaal, who was crowned in Rio in 2016.
After 1h30 of swimming, and with 2km of competition to go, the German Leonie Beck took the lead in the race ahead of Twichell and van Rouwendaal. Starting the last lap, Leonie Beck continued to lead the race ahead of the American and Ana Marcela Cunha. But in the last kilometer, the Brazilian launched her decisive attack to take command to the finish line. He takes the gold with a time of 1h59 and 30 seconds. The Dutch van Rouwendaal takes the silver medal and the Australian Kareena Lee the bronze.
With Cunha’s gold, Brazil regains the position of the best Latin American nation in the medal table with 15 medals in total, four gold, three silver and eight bronze. Cuba follows with 11 medals, also four gold, three silver and four bronze).
The Ecuadorian Samantha Arevalo finished this open water swimming event in eleventh position with 2h01’30, just ahead of the Argentine Cecilia Biagioli. Venezuelan Paola Pérez qualified 20th. For the latter, its simple presence in the waters of Tokyo was already an achievement. In this report we tell you his story and all the obstacles he had to face to get a place in the Olympics.
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