Brazilian Army Sergeant is New Swimming World Champ
By Dialogo August 02, 2013
The newest world champion at the 10km swimming competition and silver medalist at the 5 km aquatic marathon, Poliana Okimoto, has been a sergeant at the Brazilian Army since 2010, and is part of the Armed Forces High Performance Program of the Army Sports Commission.
The swimmer made history at the Aquatic Sports World Championship, in Barcelona, Spain, when she earned the world title for Brazil for the first time, in an individual Olympic event.
Sergeant Akimoto earned the first gold medal for Brazil when she completed the 10-kilometer range, considered the Olympic distance, in 01:58:19:2, exceeding the score of another Brazilian swimmer, Ana Marcela Cunha, who earned the silver medal with a time of 01:58:19:5. German swimmer Angela Mauer earned the bronze medal.