Olimpiada Rio 2016

Brazil Surpasses Record Number of Podium Finishes in the Paralympic Games

The Brazilian delegation broke another historic record in the Paralympic Games in Rio: the country surpassed its previous record of medals won in one single edition of the competition.

With 48, it surpassed the 47 won at the Beijing-2008 Games. Swimming was responsible for breaking the record.

This Wednesday night (the 14th), the 4x100 meter men's freestyle relay 34 points (adding up the categories for each one), with Daniel Dias, Andre Brasil, Ruiter Silva and Phelipe Rodrigues taking the silver with a time of 3min48s98.

First place went to Ukraine. The victory provided Dias with his 21st Paralympic medal - and his 6th in Rio. He is the highest para-athlete medal winner in the history of Brazil.

Another moment when Brazilian fans went crazy in the Estádio Aquático (Aquatic Stadium) was when swimmer Carlos Farrenberg, 36, class S13 for the visually impaired, won a silver medal.

With 10 gold medals up until now, the gold medal record, achieved in London-2012 (21), appears to be unbeatable.

Silver medals have also already reached a record level of 24 in total. This Wednesday, the country had two podium finishes for track & field - the category in which the national team has had the most victories.

Verônica Hipólito took the bronze 400 meters classT38 for athletes with paralysis. The 4x100 meter shallow relay females team took silver.

They were Thalita Simpício, Alice de Oliveira, Lorena Salvatini and Terezinha Guilhermina - and this was their first medal in these Games.

In cycling, Lauro Désar Chaman, class C5, won a gold and made history. It was the first time Brazil has won a title in this category.

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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