quinta-feira, 6 de novembro de 2008

Vanderlei Cordeiro competes for the last time..

One of the biggest names of Brazilian athletics, Vanderlei Cordeiro De Lima , 39 years of age , is retiring. The athlete, who worked in the fields until the age of 18 before he started to compete, announced his oficial retirement at the São Silvestre Race in São Paulo, December 31st.

The best moment of Vanderlei's career was the unbelievable bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Bronze felt like gold, leading the marathon with a few kilometers left he was suddenly interrupted by a spectator who grabbed and shoved him of his track. He still managed a bronze medal. Recognizing his valiant effort, Vanderlei recieved from the International Olympic Comitee the De Coubertin Medal, the grandest acknowledgement of the entity.

The Brazilian runner also has two great moments in his career. Winning back to back Pan-American marathons, ( 99 at Winnipeg and 2003 at Santo Domingo).

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