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Did you know?
Joaquim Cruz was the first and
still is the only Brazilian athlete to win a track Olympic
gold medal. (Los
Angeles 1984 - gold in the 800 meters)
In January of 1985 Joaquim Cruz was voted
the "Athlete of the Year" by the Brazilian
press. Cruz received 98 of the 107 total votes.
Also in 1985, Cruz was nominated the
─thlete of the Year"in Oregon State (USA).
In 1999, Cruz was featured in the sports
magazine "Competitor" as one of the Olympic
legends of all times.
A survey conducted by the one of
Brazilians top magazine "Isto ╔", selected
Cruz as of of the best Brazilian athletes of the XX
Cruz was the first Brazilian athlete to
win a NCAA title.
He was the first Brazilian athlete shown
live, competing, wining and receiving an Oyimpic medal in
Joaquim Cruz was featured in two national
stamps in two countries: Paraguay and Ivory Coast.
Cruz broke the Brazilian and South
American record 7 times in the 800 and 1500 meters