After winning a bronze medal in the team jump, the Brazilian equestrian team won the gold medal in the sport this Friday. With his horse Chevaux Primavera Império Egipcio, Stephan Barcha made a great performance and secured the highest place on the podium at the Pan-American Games in Santiago. Kent Farrington and McLain Ward, both from the United States, won silver and bronze, respectively.
Stephan Barcha was the third Brazilian to win the gold medal in the individual equestrian event, equaling riders Nelson Pessoa and Marlon Zanotelli. The feat was achieved through a perfect performance, in which he committed just one fault, in the last hurdle, when he seemed to be celebrating victory. There were three rounds without knocking down obstacles.
Another Brazilian in contention, Pedro Veniss was very close to joining the podium with Barcha, but ended up committing a mistake on the last pass, which took him out of third place and left him in fifth place.
TWO MEDALS IN KITESURFING
Kitesurfing brought Brazil two medals this Friday. With a spectacular performance, Bruno Lobo won gold in the men’s category. In the women’s category, Maria do Socorro Reis took bronze.
Bruno Lobo won his second gold medal at the Pan American Games. The first was in Lima-2019. He dominated the race from start to finish, winning 16 of the 17 races. Tiger Tyson, from Antigua and Barbuda, won silver. Deury Corniel Javier, from the Dominican Republic, took bronze.
“Very happy for this achievement. There were 17 regattas in total and I won 16. So I really managed to set my pace in all the regattas, I didn’t make many mistakes and I think this is really the result of a lot of training, a lot of dedication. Thank God I did a good preparation, I arrived very confident, prepared. And everything went well. I just thank God, everyone who is with me, everyone who supports me, who believes in me. There is still a journey ahead. Until the next big one challenge that is Paris 2024. We guaranteed our place in the World Cup and now it’s time to continue evolving, working hard and dreaming and believing that we will definitely get there”, said the Brazilian.
Maria do Socorro Reis also celebrated the feat. She finished third, behind only Daniela Moroz, from the United States, and Catalina Turienzo, from Argentina.
“I’m very happy, I started the championship with some difficulties, but I was in fourth place and qualified for the final. I was confident, with a clear head, focused to try to make good decisions and it worked. It was a beautiful day, I took the correct decisions. I was there with the American. I needed to beat her so we could have a new regatta, but I was very happy, I did my best and brought us a bronze medal. I think all of us in Brazil are winning with this,” he said.
In the quarterfinals of the team saber in fencing, Brazil lost to Argentina 45 to 39. In the men’s foil, the Brazilian team defeated Chile 45 to 36 and won the bronze medal.
In archery, Marcus DAlmeida and Ana Machado beat Mexicans Matias Grande and Alejandra Valencia 6-2 and booked a place in the decision against the United States team, which will take place on Sunday.
Ana Machado will compete in the recurve bow semi-final on the same day and has even secured a place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The decision will be against American Casey Kaufhold.