By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, August 15th, at the Olympic Stadium in Engenho de Dentro, Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva, came out of nowhere to claim the gold medal and set a new Olympic pole vault record in a thrilling contest that ended five minutes to midnight. In front of a hysterical hometown crowd, Da Silva defeated defending Olympic pole vault champion, France’s Renaud Lavillenie, to become the first Brazilian man to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio.

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