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Mauro Vinicius da Silva
Mauro Vinicius da Silva Brazil

  • Country: Brazil
  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Born: 12/26/1986
  • Career Highlights: Da Silva isn't the most decorated long jumper in the field, and he didn't even qualify for the finals in Beijing, finishing 26th, but he heads to London with some momentum after capturing gold at the 2012 world indoor championships in March. The Brazilian jumped 8.23 meters twice in the final round at that meet, and was even more impressive in the qualifying round, setting a personal best of 8.28 meters. That distance would have been good enough for a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. Da Silva's best result in an outdoor meet was 8.27 meters last year, providing further evidence that he could become the first Brazilian man ever to pick up an Olympic medal in the long jump. His countrywoman Maurren Higa Maggi was the first Brazilian woman to do it with a gold in Beijing.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008
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