The testimony of former gymnast Daiane dos Santos about the silver medal won by Rebeca Andrade at 2021 Olympics moved the web this Thursday (29). Santos highlighted the importance of achievement in sports for black women throughout Brazil.
“It’s not athletics, it’s artistic gymnastics. For a long time they said that black people couldn’t be gymnasts, that black people couldn’t do some sports, and having the first medal for a black girl, there’s a very big representation behind that,” said Santos, in conversation with the narrator Galvão Bueno, during the live broadcast by Rede Globo.
See an excerpt of the speech, reproduced on Twitter.
“Brazil’s first medal in a World Gymnastics Championship was black. Brazil’s first medal in women’s gymnastics was black. This is very important. They said that we couldn’t be in these places”.
Daiane dos Santos’ emotion gives the dimension of Rebeca’s achievement. pic.twitter.com/3VuGivVVt7
— dibradoras (@dibradoras) July 29, 2021
In addition to the medal, Daiane dos Santos’ speech went viral on Twitter and entered the most talked about topics on the social network this morning.
The 1st world medal in Brazilian women’s gymnastics was Daiane dos Santos. The 1st Olympic medal was Rebeca Andrade, a daughter of a solo mother like so many of us are. God is a black woman. The word pride doesn’t define what I feel right now.”#Olympic Games pic.twitter.com/UiTjHkhDuy
— Eliana Alves Cruz (@cruz_elianalves) July 29, 2021
If Rebeca’s medal is an incredible feat, Daiane as a commentator on Globo is too. She always makes a point of pointing out that the two are black women and what this represents. Thrilled by this moment. #Tokyo2020
— Aline Ramos (@_alineramos) July 29, 2021
Daiane dos Santos broke me with this talk about Rebeca. Black women welcoming other black women is the most beautiful thing in this world.’ #Tokyo2020
— Ana Paula de Carvalho (@apcsc) July 29, 2021