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GOLD FOR BRAZ

HOME COUNTRY ATHLETE VAULTS TO GLORY AMID BOOS FOR LAVILLENIE

POLE VAULT

A CONTEST delayed by rain and technical problems eventually burst into life close to midnight in Rio when host-nation hope Thiago Braz beat world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie in a stadium buzzing with patriotic fervour.

Braz, 22, rose to the occasion, literally, as he soared to an Olympic record of 6.03m. Earlier, Lavillenie had also set an Olympic record of 5.98m in a dramatic finale to the competition that saw the Frenchman booed from the rafters by the partisan crowd.

Thiago Braz: jumped an Olympic record of 6.03m
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RIO 2016 COVERAGE MEN 6 100m 10 400m 14 800m 16 10,000m 20 Pole vault 22 Long jump 24 Discus 26 20km walk WOMEN 30 100m 32 400m 34 10,000m 36 3000m steeplechase 38 Heptathlon 42 Marathon 44 Triple jump 45 Shot put 46 Hammer NEWS 52 Hudson-Smith arrives on world stage 54 Rooney motivated by Yousif injury 56 Ultra runner’s continental challenge PERFORMANCE 58 Sports science latest 60 Coach Insight – Matt Yates 62 Safety in throws events RESULTS & FIXTURES 64 Results round-up 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 50 YOUNG ATHLETE Javelin thrower Bethany Moule 76 QUIZ CORNER Test your Olympic knowledge 82 DIP FINISH Shot champ out to change event’s image