3 Oct [BBC] For the crowd waiting on Copacabana beach there was a momentary pause after the announcement that Rio had secured the 2016 Olympic Games.
It was almost as if no-one wanted to believe it until the news from Copenhagen had been confirmed in Portuguese.
With all doubt removed - what followed was an outbreak of unrestrained Brazilian-style jubilation worthy of a World Cup victory.
The cheers, shouting, hugs and applause soon blended into a carnival-style celebration complete with the sound of samba and silver ticker tape.
The beers - and the even more potent caipirinhas - were soon flowing. ....
Brazilians are passionate about sport and about their country, and this was good news on both fronts. ....
Brazil will be relying on a strong economy that was one of the first to emerge from the economic crisis to provide much of the budget for the Olympics.
The decision also seems to mark a defining moment for South America's largest country, which despite its struggles with inequality, poverty and violence is carving out a new leadership role for itself in the developing world. ...
...Rio's triumph was also a personal victory for Brazil's President Lula.
President Lula appears to have studied the way former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair helped secure the Olympics for London, and skilfully adopted the approach for his needs.
Brazil will now host the World Cup in 2014
and the Olympics two years later
, which even for a nation that has had so many sporting landmarks in its history will surely be a remarkable period.