F1 legend Senna inspiration for Brazilian triathleteMay 29th, 2012 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, May 29 (IANS) Reinaldo Colucci has drawn inspiration from the Formula One legend late Ayrton Senna in his bid to become Brazil’s first triathlete to achieve a top 10 finish at the Olympics.
Colucci was confirmed in Brazil’s Olympic squad Monday, having qualified for the event with his gold medal at last year’s Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Xinhua reported.
He said Senna, Brazil’s three-time Formula 1 World Champion who died in a 1994 crash, was a model of dedication and self-belief.
“I wasn’t able to see much of him because he died when I was eight years old,” Colucci said.
“But I have always admired him. I often look at videos of him on the internet and they motivate me for his sheer will to succeed and achieve perfection.”
The 26-year-old said he learnt much about Senna’s dedication to training by reading “The Seeds of Victory” by the champion driver’s personal trainer Nuno Cobra.
“It showed that the difference is in the details,” he said. “You have to look after yourself in every aspect of life, not just during competition.”
“You have to maintain an equilibrium and take care of the little things like your diet and daily routine. They are small factors but they help you to evolve little by little.”
London will be Colucci’s second Olympic Games after his 37th placing in Beijing four years ago.
He will be hoping to surpass Sandra Soldan as Brazil’s most successful Olympic triathlete. Soldan finished 11th in the women’s event at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
The best result among Brazil’s men is Leandro Macedo’s 14th placing, also in Sydney.
“My aim is to finish in the top 10 and I think I am capable of doing it,” Colucci said.
The Sao Paulo athlete says cycling is his strongest discipline, and he has worked extra hard on running and swimming in recent months.
The Olympic triathlon will be held on August 7 at Hyde Park in central London.
- Son of Formula One idol unharmed after crash - Jun 04, 2012
- Athletes can hold heads high: Bermuda's chef de mission - Aug 11, 2012
- 91 years old Arthur Gilbert is the world's oldest triathlete - Jun 12, 2012
- Hamilton sees F1 fight with Alonso as new Senna-Prost battle - Mar 29, 2011
- From Senna to Irrfan, through Asif Kapadia's lens - Mar 16, 2012
- No worries about safety at Indian GP: Ecclestone - Oct 24, 2011
- Movie tribute for Formula One legend Ayrton Senna - Mar 25, 2011
- Schumi has lost the edge, says old rival Frentzen - Dec 20, 2011
- Hamilton hopes secret new helmet will help him to win at Monaco - May 12, 2010
- Formula One is safe: Sutil - Oct 24, 2011
- Jenson Button, Jessica Michibata compete in Hawaii triathlon - Apr 05, 2011
- Button eyeing another podium finish in London triathlon - Aug 06, 2010
- 'Fastest man on wheels' Button beaten by 15-year-old girl in triathlon! - Jul 06, 2010
- Renowned F1 doctor Watkins passes away - Sep 13, 2012
- Monaco GP: Webber on pole, Hulkenberg miss top-10 - May 26, 2012
Tags: ayrton senna, central london, champion driver, eight years old, guadalajara mexico, hyde park, little london, macedo, olympic games, olympic squad, olympic triathlon, pan american games, reinaldo colucci, rio de janeiro, self belief, senna, soldan, triathlete, world champion, xinhua