Braian Ezequiel Toledo (8 September 1993 – 27 February 2020) was an Argentine javelin thrower who improved the World Youth Best in boys' javelin throw by more than six meters.
He won the inaugural javelin title at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and also won gold at the 2010 South American Youth Championships and 2009 Pan American Junior Championships.
On 2011 Braian protagonized a publicitary spot for the campaign of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in the presidential elections. And on 2012 he participated, along with others Olympic athletes, in a campaign of Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to recover the grandchildren that were robbed during the National Reorganization Process.
1 Youth career
1.1 World Youth Bests
2 Junior career
3 Competition record
4 Seasonal bests by year
7 External links
Born and raised in Marcos Paz, Braian Toledo grew up in a small one-bedroomed house with his mother and two younger brothers. Athletics coach Gustavo Osorio gave a class at Toledo's school and invited him to join with his training group. Initially focused on football – the most prominent and potentially profitable sport in Argentina – Toledo took the decision to focus solely on track and field instead at the age of twelve.
He managed a bronze medal at the South American Youth Championships in 2008. However, it was at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Brixen, Italy that he first made a name for himself. In a very tight final on July 23, Toledo languished in seventh place until round five, when he threw a new personal best of 73.44 metres. This was enough to win him the bronze against boys a year older, just 56 centimetres from gold.
After that his results improved extremely rapidly. In July he took the silver medal at the 2009 South American Junior Championships in Athletics and then won the gold medal in the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, throwing a new age-15 world best of 69.84m with the men's 800 gram implement. Later in the year, he made large improvements to his personal best with the youth javelin, with his eventual best mark of 79.25, thrown in Córdoba on October 11, the top mark that year among throwers born in 1993 or later.
World Youth Bests
On February 13, 2010 Toledo improved his personal best by more than five meters with a first-round throw of 84.85 metres in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This by a comfortable margin eclipsed the world youth best of 83.02, set the previous year by Russia's Valeriy Iordan. He then made a huge improvement to the world best on March 6, 2010 in Mar del Plata, throwing a new record of 89.34, again on his first attempt. This mark was some 25 metres up from his personal best just a year before.
Toledo won the javelin at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympics, contested in the city-state of Singapore in August 2010. His winning mark of 81.78 was almost five metres ahead of United States' Devin Bogert in second place. He won the national youth title in September with a throw of 85.64 m (his second best ever) and in October he competed at the South American Youth Championships, easily securing victory with the third best ever throw for a youth athlete.
In late 2010, Toledo started competing with the 800 g standard javelin. He broke the Argentine juniors record with a 71.12 m throw on October 23, and then broke his own record another four times during the 2010 Evita Games held in Mar del Plata on November, with his best mark at 73.07 m. He was awarded the Olimpia de Plata by Argentine sport journalists at the end of the year, acknowledging his position as the best Argentine in the sport of athletics. Despite Toledo's raised profile and the growing expectations nationally, his coach Osorio stated that both of them were more focused on training and improving. Osorio also pointed out that much had been achieved, in spite of the lack of high-quality facilities in the region.
In his last year as a junior, Toledo won the silver medal in the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona. He claimed the javelin title at the 2012 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics and the following month he threw an Argentine and South American junior record of 79.87 metres. He made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games, but did not progress beyond qualifying. He won the gold medal at the 2012 South American Under-23 Championships in Athletics with a championship record throw.
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