Brazil hope for historic world gymnastics champs medal clouded by pain

Rebecca Andrade, Flavia Saraiva Brazil’s women’s gymnastics team should have been the feel-good story of this week’s world championships. They may still be there, but some of that promise has been replaced by pain in passing.

Saraiva, who struggled with ankle problems at the Tokyo Olympics, suffered another ankle injury in Liverpool, England on Sunday after a fall. He finished the uneven bar with a watered uneven shot and then won the mixed media area. reported.

According to the Brazilian Gymnastics Federation, she was treated in Liverpool on Monday afternoon. His status for Tuesday night’s team final (Peacock, 2:15 p.m.) is unknown, but he is listed to compete on four devices.

The Brazilian national team finished third behind the silver and bronze medalists of the Tokyo Games, the United States and Great Britain. Finals scores will be updated. Russian gymnasts who won Olympic gold were banned from these worlds because of the war in Ukraine.

More than 300 teams of gymnasts have won medals at the Olympics and World Championships. But in nearly 120 years of world competition, the United States is the only Western Hemisphere nation to reach the podium for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Brazil’s women, who until last year failed to win any medals in Olympic gymnastics and failed to qualify as a full team for the Tokyo Games, could change that. They were exposed after the program missed the Olympic team competition.

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In July, Brazil defeated the USA B team at the Pan American Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s roster was identical to this week’s World Cup quintet. It relied heavily on Andrade and Saraiva (seven of 12 routines in the final). The U.S. team at the Pan Ams included a woman who went on to compete in the world championships (Sky Blakely), but none of the best players in the world (Shilis Jones, Jade Carey, Jordan Chile). However, a decisive victory for Brazil (with 1.999 points) was heard.

“The Pan Am title validated their work,” he said Marcos Guerra, a producer for Brazil’s Globo TV. “I saw that the girls’ team has a real chance to win a medal [at worlds] for the first time.”

Andrade, the Olympic all-around silver medalist, and Saraiva, toughened up by previous injuries, were expected to once again bring a five-woman team to Tuesday’s final.

In the qualifiers, four gymnasts from each five-person team were chosen for each of the four apparatuses, and the three best scores counted for a total of 12 points. Andrade and Saraiva were used on each apparatus. All eight of their points were counted. Andrade is known for his Olympic personal bests and is favored to win Brazil’s first world title on Thursday.

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If Andrade belongs to the team Martathen there is Saraiva Christian. Had Saraiva’s points been replaced by a fourth Brazilian on each device, Brazil would not have qualified for the eight-team final.

Andrade and Saraiva, who were born four months apart in 1999, said they had trained together in Rio for the past 10 years. Gabriel GentileBrazilian sports journalist.

“We’ve been a family since childhood,” Saraiva said of Andrade and the national team gymnasts this summer, according to the International Gymnastics Federation, citing “I live with them. I spend more time with them than my family.”

Andrade is from outside São Paulo, where she grew up with seven siblings by her housecleaning mother before leaving home at age 8 to pursue gymnastics.

At the age of 13, he became the Pan American junior champion, but he suffered from injuries. A broken big toe kept him out of the 2014 Youth Olympics. Three separate right ACL tears ruled him out of the 2015, 2017 and 2019 World Championships. She still managed to compete at the 2016 Rio Games, and after performing to Beyoncé’s music on the floor exercise, she returned home and became known as Rebeyoncé.

Andrade, healthy in Tokyo, became the first Brazilian female gymnast to win an Olympic silver medal in the all-around. Suni Lee. He would have been gold if he hadn’t gone out of bounds twice when making the closing layup. Three days later, Andrade won Brazil’s first Olympic gold medal in gymnastics.

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“This medal is not just for me, it’s for everyone who knows my story and everything I’ve been through,” Andrade, who has four million followers between Instagram and TikTok, said in Tokyo.

Saraiva was 4 feet 5 inches tall when she made her first medal appearance at the Rio Olympics at age 16, competing for a medal in the weightlifting (she finished fifth). Carioca trained in one of Rio’s government-sponsored sports programs for low-income children.

“Flavinja” or little Flavia, missed the 2017 World Cup with a back injury. Between 2018 and 2019, she took the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth places in the world championships, and Brazil won its first Olympic women’s gymnastics medal in Tokyo.

But an ankle injury during Olympic qualifying kept him out of many events. He celebrated Andrade’s silver medal instead. He returned on the final day of the tournament to finish seventh, then underwent surgery later that month.

“We’re still fighting,” Saraiva posted in Portuguese on Instagram after injuring her ankle last year.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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