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Brazil’s Best Athletes of 2009

By Jayme Monsanto, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Swimmer Cesar Cielo and Judo fighter Sarah Menezes won the 2009 Brazil Olympic Award, a prize given by the Brazilian Olympics Committee (COB) to the best athletes of the year.

The award ceremony was held at the Maracanãzinho Arena (a 12,300-seat venue in the grounds of the Maracanã Stadium), and the athletes received the prize from the hands of President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva on December 21st.

The winners were selected via online voting at the

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