Brazilian star Formiga set to take part in her sixth Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, July 13 (IANS) Brazilian female football player Miraildes Maciel Mota, known as Formiga (Ant), who was selected for Brazil’s Olympic squad will take part in a record sixth Olympics.

On August 3, Formiga will take the field against China and break three records in doing so, reports Xinhua.

At 38 years, Formiga will play in her sixth Olympiad, having begun with the female football squad when women’s football was included in the Olympic program at Atlanta in 1996.

She will thus beat volleyball player Helia Rogerio de Souza, or Fofao, who took part in five Olympics between 1992 and 2008.

The native of Salvador, in the northeastern state of Bahia, will become the third Olympian to go to six Games, alongside Spanish water polo player Manuel Estiarte and Russian volleyball player Evgeniya Artamonova Estes.

Formiga has won two Olympic silver medals with the Brazilian squad, having lost to the US in the final at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

–IANS

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