Brazilian Military Athletes Break Records in South American Competition
By Dialogo November 02, 2012
The Brazilian Military delegation invaded the streets of Lima, Peru, with their green and yellow spirit to celebrate their record-breaking three gold medals from the XXI South American Cadets Sports Festival, which ended on October 28. The Brazilian athletes became champions in the military pentathlon and shooting, aside from achieving good results in other disciplines.
The event gathered 646 athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Uruguay. The Brazilian Armed Forces were represented by 68 athletes, of whom 13 were Naval School contenders, 22 Cadets from the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras (AMAN), and 33 Cadets from the Air Force Academy (AFA) – 21 of them members of the women’s team.
The gold won by the swim team came from the excellent performance by Marcelo Fábio de Araújo Lopes (AMAN), who won the 100-meter freestyle competition, and candidate Rafael Godofredo do Norte (Naval Academy), who achieved first place in the 50-meter freestyle. These results were critical for the group to win the championship. In total, they won three gold medals, two silver and one bronze for swimming.
In the military pentathlon, a competition that includes five different contests, Brazil also rose to the podium. They received five gold medals, two silver, and four bronze. Two AMAN athletes stood out: Thiago Rezende matched the South American record at shooting, and Thiago Dias became the overall individual champion in the modality. The men’s team came in first place overall, and Mayara Soares da Silva (AFA) won the bronze medal.
The athletes set new records in shooting, and won gold in both the male and female categories. Ary Batista Rocha Neto, from the AFA, set a new individual mark in the rifle prone. In the team competition, the women’s team stood out at the pistol shooting, and the men’s team in the rifle prone shooting and the rifle three positions. The total sum of these results represented a new South American record.
Brazil also won five gold medals for track-and-field in disciplines like the 100-meter hurdles, shot put, and siscus, 4 × 100m, triple jump and long jump. The South American champion in this competition was Brazilian Cadet Alexandre Junior, also from AMAN. He won first place in the long jump and triple jump events.
The cadets took third place as a team in fencing, a traditional military sport, with two gold medals, one silver, and two bronze. In this discipline, Gabriel Dondeo Lima (AMAN) won the foil championship, while Cadet Ribeiro (AFA won the sword fencing championship.
The goal of the South American Cadets Sports Festival is to establish bonds of unity and brotherhood between the military institutions in countries linked to the South American Military Sports Union. This edition of the sports event was hosted by the Peruvian Armed Forces.
The next cadet military sports event will be the 2nd CISM World Cadet Games. The competition will take place in 2014, in Quito, Ecuador.