We continue with our series, this time taking a look at the great Brazilian athletes.
These are some of the best Brazilian athletes. / Photos: IG-alisonmamute, IG-thiagobrazpv
LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño
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Brazil is a country that is famous for its sporting prowess in many different disciplines, including jujitsu, soccer, and both indoor and beach volleyball. It’s no surprise then, that they have many athletes of note. Here we bring you some that have been crushing it this past few years so that hopefully you can keep an eye on them in the upcoming Olympics. As always, we will try to stray away from the more popular sports so that you get to know some of the more low-profile champions.
Alison Cerutti - Beach Volleyball
Currently ranked third in the world by the FIVB, Alison is a legend in the beach volleyball scene. He is a double Olympic medalist, winning gold in the past edition of the games and silver in the 2012 edition. He has also won the world championship twice, once in 2011 and once in 2015. At 35 years old, he is looking for his third big win in the Tokyo Olympics. When it comes to volleyball, Cerutti is showing the world why Brazil is to be feared in this sport.
Robson Conceição- Boxing
Since 2016 Robson has been undefeated in the Super featherweight category, with a record of 15-0 and 7 knockouts. Robson is by no means a new fighter, he has been boxing since he was a kid and is now 32, but he has an impressive record nonetheless. He won an Olympic medal in 2016, being the first Brazilian to do so in boxing.
Thiago Braz- Pole Vaulting
Holder of the Olympic record for pole-vaulting at 6.03m, Thiago Braz, at just 22 years old, became the winner of an Olympic gold medal at the sport. His 2016 attempt at winning gold was legendary, not only because of his thrilling duel with Renaud Lavillenie, the former Olympic champion, but because he managed to surpass his previous personal best by 10 cm that day. Hopefully, we can see him compete again in Tokyo, so that he may surprise us once more.
Arthur Zanetti- Artistic Gymnast
Nicknamed “The Lord of the Rings” Zanetti is an artistic gymnast with more accomplishments that we can name. He won a gold medal in the Rings exercise at the 2012 edition of the games, and a silver medal in 2016. Additionally, he has 6 gold medals in the South American games, and 3 in the Panamerican Games. He is so proficient in the rings that he has a skill in this discipline named after himself. He has mentioned in the past that Tokyo may be his last Olympics, so it may be the last opportunity we have to see him in action.