Portugal picks up medals at European Games

By TPN/Lusa, in Sport · 24-06-2019 11:58:00 · 0 Comments
Portugal picks up medals at European Games

Portugal won on Sunday a gold medal, the first in Minsk, along with a silver and a bronze in the Minsk 2019 European Games, increasing the total to six, after the competition’s second day.

In a new format – and without the best athletes competing directly or under the same conditions – Carlos Nascimento won a gold in the 100m, while Ricardo dos Santos, Cátia Azevedo, João Coelho and Rivinilda Mentai took the bronze in the 4x400m mixed relay.

Nascimento, who this season had already run 10.26, was gold in Minsk with 10.35. In a new model, with four groups of six teams competing in different schedules and conditions, he was in the last group and had the best time.

In a format that even confuses athletes, the marks of Santos, Azevedo, Coelho and Mentai in the 4x400m mixed relay were more complicated: they only came to know their bronze shortly after running in 3:19.63, behind Ukraine's gold of 3:17.31, but close to the silver of the Czech Republic, in 3:19.05.

In table tennis, Marcos Freitas, Fu Yu and Jieni Shao passed in the fourth round, but Tiago Apolónia was out: the men's team, which also includes João Monteiro, is to defend the collective gold won in Baku2015.

In cycling, Nélson Oliveira, Portugal's hope in winning a medal on Tuesday's time trial, was the best, in 10th place, 45 seconds from the winner.

In the peloton, Daniel Mestre achieved 21st place and Rafael Silva 38th.

Portugal is 11th among the 31 countries that have already climbed the podium, with six medals: the gold of Nascimento in the 100m, the silver of the gymnasts Bárbara Sequeira, Francisca Maia and Francisca Sampaio Maia in combined and in the dynamic exercise, in addition to the bronze in balance test.

Judoka Telma Monteiro won the bronze medal, as well as Santos, Azevedo, Coelho and Mentai in the 4x400m mixed relay.

In Baku2015, in the premiere of the European Games, Portugal won three gold medals, four silver and three bronze, which earned the country the 18th place among 50 countries.

In the Minsk 2019 European Games, which has 4,000 sportspeople from 50 countries in 15 sports, Portugal competes with a total of 98 sportspeople in athletics, badminton, beach soccer, canoeing, cycling (road, time trial and track), gymnastics (artistic, trampolines, aerobics and acrobatic), judo, karate, amateur fighting, archery, shooting and table tennis.

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