Portuguese canoeist Fernando Pimenta added to the total when winning the silver medal in K1 1000 in the Minsk 2019 European Games, increasing the number of medals for Portugal to 10, the same as in Baku2015.
Pimenta started and led for more than half the competition, however, Hungary’s Balint Kopasz caught up at around 750m and Pimenta’s reaction only allowed him to remain almost 112 milliseconds away, which he finished in 3:30.963 minutes.
The podium was completed by Belorussia’s Aleh Yurenia.
In Baku, Pimenta won the silver in K1 1000 and 5000.
He is the current World champion in K1 1000 and 5000, and only the first one is an Olympic distance.
As of 26 June, Portugal had 10 medals. A gold medal from Carlos Nascimento in the 100m and five silver medals from the judo mixed team, Nelson Oliveira (cycling time trial), gymnasts acrobats Bárbara Sequeira, Francisca Maia and Francisca Sampaio Maia, in combined and dynamic, and Pimenta in K1 1000.
In the beam competition, the gymnasts also won a bronze medal, as well as judoka Telma Monteiro (-57 kg), along with the 4x400m mixed relay (Ricardo dos Santos, Cátia Azevedo, João Coelho and Rivinilda Mentai) and Diogo Ganchinho on the trampolines.