Track Beauty of the Week: Geisa Coutinho

Geisa Coutinho is this week’s track beauty!

The Brazilian sprinter has been around for a long time – in athletics years, at least. Ever since winning her first 400m dash national title in 2002, Coutinho has amassed a respectable array of continental titles. In 2003, the Brazilian won two gold medals (400m dash and the 4x400m relay) at the South American Championships, after competing at the 2003 World Championships in Paris – her debut at the sport’s top stage.

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However, Coutinho failed to progress beyond the qualifying heats, as she finished in seventh place in Paris. The Brazilian notched a sub-par clocking of 53.31s, way below her then personal best of 51.44s. A year later at the Athens Olympics, Coutinho fared a little better as she stopped the clock at 52.18s in her 400m dash heat, good enough for fifth place.

As part of the Brazilian 4x400m quartet, Coutinho again won another South American Championship gold in 2005. The Brazilians competed with distinction at the Helsinki World Championships that same year, setting a continental record of 3:26.82 in qualifying.

Her career somewhat floundered in the coming years, until 2009, when she was selected for the Brazilian 4x400m relay team at the Berlin World Championships. A resurgent Coutinho has won several national titles since then, as well as another relay gold in the South American Championships. She had a remarkable run in 2011, as she amassed three gold medals at the World Military Games and went as far as the semi-finals at the Daegu World Championships – her best ever finish at a major international.

The 31-year old set a new personal best of 51.08s in the 400m dash in 2011, highlighting the fact that her career is far from over.

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