Second Brazilian to win the traditional race, the athlete also represented the country at the Atlanta Olympic Games
The Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBat) informed on Thursday afternoon, 8, that Roseli Machadochampion of São Silvestre 1996, died due to complications caused by the Covid-19, at 52, in the city of Curitiba, Paraná. The former athlete, who also represented Brazil at the Atlanta Olympic Games, in the United States, in the same year, had been intubated for two weeks in a hospital in the capital of Paraná.
“Roseli had a history in Brazilian athletics, won São Silvestre, was part of the Brazilian team, trained in the United States. We had a great friendship, we were athletes for the same club, we trained together when I was a youth, we defended Londrina at the beginning of our careers. I’m very sorry, the memories come. We trained together at the Londrina track when it was clay, ”said Wlamir Motta Campos, president-elect of the organization.
Roseli was the second Brazilian to win the title of São Silvestre, repeating Carmen Oliveira, champion in 1995. At the Olympics in Atlanta, Roseli disputed the 5,000 meters and finished in 22nd place. Graduated in Physical Education, specialized in Exercise Physiology, she worked since 2002 as an athletics trainer. In the past few years, she was working in the civil construction area.