Not all of Brazil’s biggest Olympic sports stars stood out last week, but that doesn’t mean the country went medal-less in the major competitions. Athletes who are still little known to the general public stood out and showed that they can stand out in this Olympic cycle. In taekwondo, Gabriel Siqueira won a bronze medal at the Paris GP, even a three-time world champion. Manoel Messias won gold in the triathlon at a World Cup stage, adding points to the Paris 2024 qualification rankings. After all, Stefan Steverink was at the country’s most famous Junior World Cup event, winning gold and silver in swimming. .
Stefan Steverink is World Junior Swimming Champion – Photo: Discovery / FINA
The Taekwondo Grand Prix held in Paris, France brought together 32 of the world’s best athletes in each of the eight categories of the modality, and 28-year-old Gabriel Siqueira stood out and won a bronze medal in the weight category over 67 kg. On her way to the semi-finals, she won three bouts, including one against three-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Bianca Walkden of Great Britain. An important podium to climb the world rankings, where he is currently 18th. Other Brazilians did not make the podium, notably Maicon Siqueira, who was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the over 80kg category.
Reigning Pan American Games champion Manoel Messias won gold in Spain at the Valencia stage of the Triathlon World Cup, a competition that counted towards Paris 2024 qualification. He left three-time world champion Mario. In second place is Spanish Mola, who competed under his own roof. Now the Brazilian is fourth in the world ranking.
Brazilian Stefan Steverink won gold and silver at the World Junior Swimming Championships held in Lima, Peru. He won gold in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:48.27, a milestone that ranks him as the third-best in the country’s history across all ages. Stefan won silver in the 400m medley.
Still at the Junior World Cup, Beatrice Bezera won three medals: two silvers (in the 50m and 100m butterfly) and one bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay, along with Celine Bispo, Sofia Coletta and Raffaella Sumida. Joyce Rocha, who was the reserve in this relay, is only 14 years old, swam in the qualifying round and also did very well in the 100m butterfly, finishing fifth.
Gustavo Xavier won a bronze medal at the Italian stage of the U23 World Cup of mountain biking. He lost only to the Chilean Martín Vidaure and the Spanish David Campos, maintaining a good phase of the order. Among adults, Henrique Avancini was in 35th place.
Alison dos Santos won the Belgian Diamond League tournament
On Friday, Alison dos Santos became the champion of the 400m hurdles at the Belgian stage of the Diamond League, the main circuit of world athletics events. Thus, he won the sixth gold of the season, remaining the biggest winner among all athletes of the region. ALmir Kunya was in the third place in the triple jump.
Brazil’s Mateus Isaac won the South American title in the IQ FOil sailing class in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, securing a place at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago. The class will be part of the Pan program for the first time and will also make its debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Marlon Zanotelli — Photo: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Marlon Zanotelli finished third in the main event of the Rome stage in Italy on the Global Champions Tour, the world’s premier equestrian circuit. He, who had already performed very well in the Paris round two months ago, finished his two courses, that is, finished the race without overcoming any obstacles, falling behind the winners to have a slightly slower time. He was ahead of Olympic champions Henrik von Eckermann and Peder Fredriksson.
Men’s Volleyball Team for the 2022 World Cup — Photo: Discovery / VolleyballWorld
The men’s volleyball team finished the first round in the group with three wins in 3 games at the world championship of the sport, which is considered the most important event of the Olympic cycle. The team will now face Iran in the Round of 16 this Tuesday. If they win, they will play the winner of Serbia and Argentina. Favorites Poland, USA and Italy have already taken the stage.
Brazil vs South Africa – Highlights
The Brazilian women’s football team defeated the current African champion South Africa 3-0 in a friendly match in Johannesburg. Geise, Adriana and Tamires scored for Brazil, who will face the South Africans again this Monday.
TWO WINS IN THE COPA AMERICA
Highlights: Colombia 60 x 100 Brazil for Men’s Basketball Cup
The men’s basketball team won the first two games of the Copa America held in Recife. The team celebrated its debut with a victory over Canada, then defeated Colombia. The results have already qualified the team for the quarter-finals even before the third leg of the first round against Uruguay this Monday.
One of the main tennis players in the history of Brazil, Bruno Soares, announced his retirement after losing in the second round of the US Open doubles at the end of the year. The 41-year-old Brazilian ended his career in the sport with six Grand Slam titles, in addition to completing two seasons, forming the best duo on the planet.
Bia Haddad in action at the US Open — Photo: Getty Images
Only Marcelo Demoliner remains in contention for the US Open, the fourth “Grand Slam” of the tennis season. In singles, Tiago Monteiro (men) and Bia Haddad (women) lost in the second round. In doubles, Bia reached the round of 16, but was eliminated, as well as Marcelo Melo, Bruno Soares and Rafael Matos. Marcelo Demoliner, who forms a team with Joao Souza from Portugal, has won two matches and will play in the 1/8 finals this Monday.
BÁRBARA/CAROL AND VICTOR FELIPE/RENATO CAMPEÕES
Barbara/Carol in the women’s and Victor Felipe/Renato in the men’s won the beach volleyball national circuit Christmas round title. Carol Solberg and Barbara dominated reigning world champions Duda and Ana Patricia, taking it 2 sets to 0, split 21/19 and 21/14. Vitor/Felipe scored 2-0, 21/16 and 21/16 in the duel between the two pairs who reached the podium of the last World Championship.
FINAL STAGE OF THE CANOE SLALOM WORLD CUP
The final round of the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Spain at the weekend. After two bronze medals in Extreme, Pepe Gonçalves didn’t even make it to the round of 16, getting disqualified after colliding with other competitors in the race (see video above). Ana Satila made it to the C1 finals, placing 9th, and was eliminated in the extreme kayak quarterfinals.