32 year old Patricia Mamona won the silver medal in the triple jump in Tokyo, when she achieved 15.01 metres, a new national record, snatching the second medal for Portuguese athletes after the bronze of Jorge Fonseca (-100 kg). Patrícia Mamona, was only beaten by Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, two-time world champion, with 15.67 metres, a new world record. In third place was the Spanish Ana Peleteiro, with 14.87m.
“It is a great joy for Portugal in a very difficult games because they are played in a different time than the athletes' preparation time and in almost laboratory conditions, in a bubble”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on his arrival in Brazil after already having called the athlete in the morning to congratulate her. “The fact is that Patrícia Mamona was, once again, the champion that she is, at a great level. This silver medal, under these conditions, is a triumph for Portugal and a joy for all Portuguese”, he stressed.
The President of the Republic, who has already congratulated Patrícia Mamona, also said that the athlete's reception, at the Belém Palace, in Lisbon, was already being prepared. “I would like to repeat the congratulations that I have already conveyed to you, thanking you for what, for now, marks our presence in a great way in these Olympic Games in Tokyo”, he said. For the head of state, the athlete is “systematically one of the best among the best”.
Patrícia Mamona’s medal is a triumph for Portugal
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