Rio Olympic 2016:Thiago da Silva wins second gold medal for Brazil

Aug 17 2016 10:26 AM
Rio Olympic 2016:Thiago da Silva wins second gold medal for Brazil

Rio Olympic 2016:Brazilian Thiago da Silva rimmed out world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France to win the Olympic pole vault in dramatic fashion and give the host country its first athletics gold medal of the Games.

Beside a back top of raucous fan cheering,Da Silva skipped an attempt at 5.98 meters and pushed hot favorite Lavillenie to 6.03, which the Frenchman failed twice and the Brazilian passed at the second attempt to set an Olympic record.
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It was Da Silva's highest jump ever by 10cm, earning the host country's second gold of South America's first Olympics.

It was also the first athletics gold achieved by a Brazilian man since Joaquim Cruz won the men's 800m at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Sam Kendricks took bronze for the United States after clearing 5.85.

 

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