Host Brazil set to face disappointing medal count

Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:19pm EDT
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By Pedro Fonseca

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Host Brazil is likely to miss its medal target after losses in judo, almost certainly a first Olympics without a swimming medal since 2004 and dashed hopes in tennis and archery.

After registering a record number of podiums at London 2012 with 17 medals, Team Brazil set a goal for Rio of finishing in the top 10 medal winning nations.

But with just four medals in the first week of the Games --one gold, one silver and two bronze -- Brazilian athletes will need to perform better to fulfill that objective. Italy finished 10th in the total 2012 medal count by taking home 28.

Brazil's greatest frustration was in judo. Despite a gold for Rafaela Silva, it did not surpass its performance of four medals in London, earning only three.

Sarah Menezes, the 2012 champion, as well as Erica Miranda, Tiago Camilo and Felipe Kitadai were all judo disappointments.

"We could have contributed with more medals, we had this potential," said Ney Wilson, an official at Brazil's Judo Confederation.

Brazil had lower expectations for swimming, especially after former Olympic champion Cesar Cielo failed to qualify, but no one thought its swimmers would leave the pool empty handed.


2016 Rio Olympics - Judo - Women - 57 kg - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Rafaela Silva holds her gold medal during a press conference. REUTERS/Nacho Doce