One man notably absent from the second half of the international athletics circuit during the summer was the effervescent and affable Brazilian long jumper Mauro Vinicius da Silva, often known locally by his nickname Duda.
Three surprise winners struck gold within the space of 15 minutes of each other at the Ergo Arena in Sopot on the second day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
“Ola amigos! – Hello my friends!
Olá meus amigos! (Hello my friends!) I hope you are all doing well. This time I’m writing to you from Moscow!
Brazil will send 32 athletes to the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, led by reigning World Pole Vault champion Fabiana Murer.
The 48th edition (38th for women) of the South American Championships begun in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on Friday (5) and Brazil’s Thiago da Silva produced the highlight of the day by vaulting to an area record of 5.83m.
“Hello, my friends! Greetings from São José do Rio Preto.
Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov took the plaudits at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night (31) when he won the Long Jump with the best mark in the world for almost two years with a leap of 8.39m at the fourth of this summer’s IAAF Diamond League meetings.
Augusto de Oliveira needed just three attempts to take the lead in the Pole Vault at the Grande Premio Internacional Caixa in Uberlandia on Thursday (16). A fourth and final jump bagged him the South American record.
“I guess I should begin this first diary introducing myself, since I think many people may not have heard of me. My name is Mauro Vinícius Hilário Lourenço da Silva. Pretty long, huh?