July 21, (THEWILL) – It is only the first day of football games at the Tokyo Olympics and already records are being set in the female events. There were two of such records that Brazil players Marta da Silva and Miraildes Mota set as part of the squad that thumped China 5-0.
The iconic striker, Marta was in her true colours as she netted a brace to enter a new class all by herself. One goal could have been enough but she just cannot stop scoring and wrote her name into the records books as the first person to score in five consecutive Olympic tournaments.
The goals that have brought the legendary Brazilian 35-year-old six world player of the year awards mean she is on course to catch up, and perhaps overtake another record in the Olympics. In total, she has a 12-goal Olympic record and that places her only behind the 14-goal haul of fellow Brazilian Cristiane Silva.
In the other Brazilian record, Mota, who is more popularly called “Formiga”, was able to extend her own records in their China victory. Her appearance for the Brazilian football contingent makes it her seventh consecutive Olympics and 30th game at the showpiece.
To crown it all, Formiga also became the oldest sportsperson to appear in a football match at the Olympics at 43 years of age.