Thiago Braz da Silva

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 16 (IANS) Thiago Braz da Silva won Brazil’s first Olympic pole vault gold medal in Rio, upsetting France’s defending champion Renaud Lavillenie.

Da Silva set a new Olympic record of 6.03m, to beat his previous personal best by 10cm and sent the crowd at the Olympic Stadium into a frenzy on Monday night, reports Xinhua.

Lavillenie took silver with a best jump of 5.98m while Sam Kendricks of US took bronze with 5.85m.

The Czech Republic’s Jan Kudlicka and Poland’s Piotr Lisek tied at fourth with a best effort of 5.75m.

The result gave the host nation their second gold medal of the Games. Rafaela Silva also won gold in the women’s -57kg judo.

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