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Thiago Da Silva sends Brazilians into delirium with his pole vault gold medal



Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil celebrates after clearing 6.03m in the Men's Pole Vault final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN
Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil celebrates after clearing 6.03m in the Men’s Pole Vault final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (efe_epa)- Brazilian athlete Thiago Braz da Silva sent his countrymen into delirium after being crowned Olympic champion with an impressive pole vault of 6.03 meters, a new Olympic record, defeating France’s defending champion Renaud Lavillenie who cleared 5.98 meters.

The bronze medal went to American Sam Kendricks who earned his country its 18th Olympic medal in this discipline with a vault of 5.85 meters.

The pole again proved to be a difficult feat. Nobody has succeeded in defending the Olympic pole vault title since American Bob Richards in 1956.

As in all major championships over the last decade, Lavillenie arrived in Rio as the favorite after delivering a great season with his second world championship title.

His victory, however, was not a sure bet because the Frenchman tends to create occasional fiasco as occurred in the recent European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam where he failed his first attempt of 5.75 meters while chasing his fourth continental title.

Thiago Braz, 22, has set both indoor and outdoor personal bests of 5.93 meters and 5.90 meters earlier this year.

 


 

 Thiago Da Silva pone a delirar a los brasileños con su medalla de oro de salto con garrocha

Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil celebrates after clearing 6.03m in the Men's Pole Vault final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN
Thiago Braz da Silva de Brasil celebra después de alcanzar los 6.03m en la final masculina de salto con garrocha en los Juegos Olímpicos de  Río 2016  EPA/BERND THISSEN

Río de Janeiro, Brasil (efe_epa) – El atleta brasileño Thiago Braz da Silva puso a delirar a sus compatriotas después de ser coronado campeón olímpico con un impresionante salto con garrocha de 6,03 metros, un nuevo récord olímpico, derrotando al campeón defensor de Francia Renaud Lavillenie que llegó a los 5,98 metros.

La medalla de bronce fue para el estadounidense Sam Kendricks que obtuvo la medalla olímpica 18 para su país en esta disciplina con un salto de 5,85 metros.

La garrocha de nuevo demostró ser una hazaña difícil. Nadie ha tenido éxito en la defensa del título de salto con garrocha olímpica desde el estadounidense Bob Richards en 1956.

Al igual que en todos los campeonatos importantes en la última década, Lavillenie llegó a Río como el favorito después de entregar una gran temporada con su segundo título mundial. Su victoria, sin embargo, no era una apuesta segura porque el francés tiende a fallar de vez en cuando, como ocurrió en el reciente Campeonato de Europa de Atletismo en Amsterdam, donde falló en su primer intento de 5,75 metros, mientras que buscaba su cuarto título continental.

Thiago Braz, de 22 años, ha establecido dos marcas personales en interiores y exteriores de 5,93 metros y 5,90 metros  a principios de este año.

 


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