Women Improve Medal Haul and Brazil Breaks Record for Medals at the Olympics

Of the 21 medals, 9 came from women's competitions

The Brazilian campaign at the Tokyo Games ended with positive results. With 21 medals, the country surpassed the record of 19 registered in 2016, in Rio. Until then, only Great Britain had achieved an improvement after hosting the Olympics.

The evolution followed an increase of 11% in the total number of medals distributed. There were 7 golds, the same as five years ago.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Gymnastics - Artistic - Women's Floor Exercise - Medal Ceremony - Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - August 2, 2021. Rebeca Andrade of Brazil poses with her medals in front of the olympic rings. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson - REUTERS

Brazil finished in 12th place, surpassing its previous performance by one position. The US came in first, China in second, and the hosts, third.

Women were decisive for the Brazilian record. Of the 21 medals, 9 came from women's competitions, almost double the 5 in 2016. Men were 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 10.2% of the competitions they competed in (12 out of 118); the athletes, on the other hand, scored 11.3% (9 out of 80).

Gymnast Rebeca Andrade persisted after injuries that nearly took her out of the Olympics and was the only Brazilian to come out with two medals, one gold and one silver. Skateboarder Rayssa Leal became, at age 13, the youngest medalist that Brazil has ever had.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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