Parapan: Brazil surpasses 100 gold medals at Santiago Games

Swimmer Samuel de Oliveira secured the historic mark

Published on 24/11/2023 - 09:09 By Agência Brasil - Rio de Janeiro - Agência Brasil - Rio de Janeiro

Brazil achieved a historic milestone in the ongoing Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile, as they surpassed 100 gold medals on Thursday (Nov. 23). Swimmer Samuel de Oliveira, known as Samuka, secured the 100th gold in the 200-meter freestyle event in the S5 class (physical-motor impairment).

As of the sixth day of competitions, Team Brazil has amassed a total of 242 medals (112 gold, 63 silver, and 67 bronze), securing the top position in the championship. Colombia holds the second position with 115 medals (34 gold, 44 silver, and 37 bronze), while the United States is in third place with 105 medals (33 gold, 38 silver, and 34 bronze).

"I feel very happy to be part of this team. It's very nice to know that we've set records. It was the 100th gold medal. I'm happy and I dedicate this medal to my mother. I thank her and the Brazilian fans," said Samuel after his victory.

On Thursday, swimming contributed significantly, winning a total of 12 medals (seven gold, three silver, and two bronze). The Brazilian team has now achieved a total of 104 podiums (57 gold, 25 silver, and 22 bronze), marking the best performance in the history of Parapan, surpassing the achievements at the Lima Games in 2019. The swimming competition continues on Friday, offering more opportunities for medals.

Translation: Mário Nunes -  Edition: Fábio Lisboa

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