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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 June, 2004, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Olympic countdown: 66 days
No football gold among Brazil's 66 medals

Brazil have won a total of 66 Olympic medals - all of them at summer Games.

Their only gold before World War II was shooter Guilherme Paraense, who won the rapid-fire pistol event in 1920.

Ademar Ferreira da Silva hit the headlines when he won back-to-back triple jump titles in 1952 and 1856.

But, despite dominating the World Cup, they have never won football gold.

Silver medals in 1984 and 1988 were followed by a bronze in 1996.

And their 2-1 defeat in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Cameroon in Sydney cost coach Wanderley Luxembergo his job.

Da Silva had broken his own world record a record four times in six jumps when he won his first gold in Helsinki.

And a crucial fourth-round jump of 16.35m saw him beat surprise lead Vihjalmur Einarsson of Iceland, set a new Olympic record and defend his title in Melbourne four years later.

The past two decades have seen two yachting golds for Brazil in 1980.

Their men's team won volleyball gold in 1992 before the women's team won both gold and silver in the beach version of the sport in 1996.





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