Like other South American athletes, the story of the Olympic champion Thiago Braz is full of sacrifice to reach the top of the world ranking. The athlete, born in Sao Paulo, never gave up and finally broke the pole vault Olympic record in Rio 2016 (6.03 meters) However, he is still looking to make his legend even bigger.
Three years after making that incredible athletics feat, Braz wants to keep jumping and prove his worth, like when he was fourteen and his goal was to represent his country and reach the top of the podium, although he did not have the money to do it.
“It was hard to reach the ideal level to compete against professional athletes from different countries. My first earning was when I was 16, and even if I had the talent and I broke some records, I needed the support of many people to keep competing. It was worth it to persist.”, said the athlete to Lima 2019.
The Brazilian will go for the gold in Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The athletics Stadium of VIDENA will witness the best athletes performances. He will also be competing for the chance of a historic two-times championship by qualifying to Tokyo 2020.
“I can exceed my limits, so I won't give up and I will push myself further. It’s not only about performing well in one competition but in all of them. That’s why I have lots of expectations for the Pan American Games. It's a stage I could test at the South American championship in May," he said.
As a matter of fact, the last weekend Thiago jumped over 5.92 meters at the Monaco Diamond League in France. Although he tried to surpass the 6.02 meters mark, he will still try to break that record this August 10 in Lima. Go watch this and other competitions, buy your tickets at www.lima2019.pe/tickets or at the ten authorized Teleticket points of sale around the city.
ATHLETICS AT LIMA 2019
All track and field events are schedule from August 6 to August 10 at VIDENA Athletics Stadium. This discipline is one of the 21 qualifier disciplines to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. A total of 740 of the best athletes from Americas will be divided into 20 competitions for women and men, while the men’s decathlon competition and women’s heptathlon will be disputed in combined events.
Moreover, on August 4, the 20 km race walking event will take place, whereas the 50 km race will occur on August 11. On July 27 the marathon will start and finish at at Parque Kennedy, Miraflores.