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Alison dos Santos medal ends 33-year taboo in Brazilian athletics |  the Olympics

Alison dos Santos medal ends 33-year taboo in Brazilian athletics | the Olympics

Alison Brindom Alves dos Santos broke a long-held taboo on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. With bronze in 400m hurdlesHe became the first Brazilian to lead the individual Olympic track podium since Joaquim Cruz took silver for the 800m and bronze for Robson Caetano at the 1988 Seoul Games.

Alison dos Santos in the 400m heats – Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NoorPhoto

Since then, the country has only won medals in team events (men’s and women’s 4x100m relay) and in the field (Maureen Magee and Thiago Brazz). The story of the historic Piu Medal, as Allison became famous, came after an unexpected journey.

Born in São Joaquim da Barra, in the interior of São Paulo, he had a high in athletics. He began practicing it in 2014, at the age of fourteen, and at the age of sixteen he was already competing among adults in national events in the 400-meter hurdles and in the 400-meter race.

Two years later, adulthood also gave him flying independence. I started playing international tournaments and doing very well, thank you. From 2019 onwards, he raced in the 400m hurdles. That season, he won gold at the Universities of Naples and Ban de Lima, and also finished seventh at the World Championships in Doha.

Alison dos Santos wins the bronze in the 400-meter hurdle. Karsten Warholm (North) breaks the world record – Tokyo Olympics

It was just a harbinger of things to come. Hit by the pandemic in 2020, it entered 2021 with everything. Athlete from Esporte Clube Pinheiros under the direction of Felipe Siqueira da Silva, he reached the Tokyo Olympics after breaking the South American record five times in just over three months.

Alison dos Santos in the 400m heats – Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NoorPhoto

In games, you may feel pressured. But, based on a lot of funk, country and dance music, he kept his head up in the playoffs, when he scored enough to qualify, and in the semi-finals he tasted the damage he could do by nailing a 47s31, his sixth. This year’s continental record – and without imposing 100%.

His performance put him in resolution in a pool of gods restricted to a few national sports legends. It has just started…

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