Brazilian Men’s Team Selected for Tokyo

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Arthur Zanetti, Caio Souza, Diogo Soares, Arthur Mariano, and Francisco Barretto Jr.

Brazil’s gymnastics federation named the men’s team selected to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo yesterday, while also confirming the nomination of several athletes who qualified individually.

2016 Olympic floor bronze medalist and 2019 world high bar champion Arthur Mariano leads the team, which also includes his 2016 teammate Francisco Barretto Jr., five-time world championships competitor Caio Souza, and Diogo Soares, the 19-year-old who won bronze in the all-around and silver on high bar at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games as well as the silver on rings at the 2019 junior world championships.

With his all-around win at the Pan American Championships in June, Souza also qualified an individual berth for Brazil, with the spot awarded to 2012 Olympic rings champion Arthur Zanetti, who will be in contention for a medal in Tokyo.

In addition to Zanetti fighting for a rings medal, Mariano will hope to reach the floor and high bar finals, and I think Souza and Soares should be strong options to make the all-around final as well.

The women’s program did not qualify a full team to the Games this quad, but Flavia Saraiva qualified as an all-arounder at world championships in 2019, while Rebeca Andrade earned a last-minute spot with her all-around win at Pan Ams last month.

The 2016 Olympic teammates will both be in the mix for several individual finals in Tokyo, as Saraiva is a top international beam standout, while Andrade will be a medal hopeful on vault and floor, with bars also a possibility. The two will also be strong all-around final contenders, with Andrade capable of medaling there as well.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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