Queiroz: First Brazilian to Win Three Medals in an Olympic Games

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21 Aug 2016 | Olimpíadas

2016 Rio Games

Isaquias Queiroz ends his first Olympic appearance with a historic bang…

The 22-year-old Brazilian sprint canoeist partnered with Erlon de Souza to claim the silver in the Men’s Canoe Double 1000m competition with a time of a 3:44.81 at the 2016 Rio Games.

Isaquias Queiroz & Erlon de Souza

Germany’s Sebastian Brendel and Jan Vandrey, who trailed for most of the race, took the lead from Queiroz and  de Souza in the final seconds to win the gold with a time of 3:43.91.

With the roar of the crowd behind them, the Brazilian duo set sail and led for most of the race. A tight field trailed Queiroz and de Souza for most of the race, but in the end it was Germany who prevailed.

Queiroz, who already won silver and bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, added one more piece of hardware to his collection. He has now become the first Brazilian to win three medals in an Olympic Games.

Queiroz overcame a hard-fought childhood which included close brushes with death and a kidnapping attempt, and has become a fan favorite in his home country.


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