By winning both titles of Long Distance and Sprint, Tiago Romão was the biggest star of the Portuguese Championships hold in Palmela last weekend. In the Women Elite, Raquel Costa got the Long Distance gold and Mariana Moreira was the faster than anyone else in the Sprint.
Palmela hosted the Portuguese Orienteering Championships of Long Distance and Sprint 2016. Making known the first national champions of the present season, the double journey called to the Setúbal Peninsula four hundred athletes, spread for 26 competition classes. The event was organized by the ADFA – Associação dos Deficientes das Forças Armadas and the Portuguese Orienteering Federation, revisiting some terrains of the European Championships EOC 2014, now with updated maps and courses set by Alexandre Reis.
Tiago Romão (GafanhOri) opened the best way his presence in the Championships, winning the Long Distance stage after an intense battle with his team mate Tiago Martins Aires. Romão fulfilled the 17.6 km of his course in 1:32:46, winning by a narrow margin of 13 seconds. With 1:19 more than the winner, João Mega Figueiredo (CN Alvito) got the third place, while Miguel Silva (CMo Funchal), defending his title achieved last season in Gouveia, would finish in the 5th position. In the women's race, Raquel Costa (GafanhOri) recovered a title that she missed in the three past seasons, winning comfortably with a time of 1:18:43 to 11.3 km. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) spent more 5:45 than the winner and was ranked second, while the third place went to Patricia Casalinho (COC), at far 23:37 from Raquel Costa.
With Tiago Gingão Leal and Carolina Delgado – the defending titles – missing the competition, the National Championships of Sprint 2016 saw Tiago Romão repeating the victory achieved on the eve, ending the best way a particularly tasty journey. Firstly because it was held in the city where the new champion was born; but also because, with this victories, Romão is, currently, the owner of all Foot Orienteering titles in Portugal: Sprint, Middle, Long, Relay and Absolute. Tiago Romão finished his race in 24:54, 36 seconds ahead of his team mate Manuel Horta. The third place fell to Miguel Silva, with 57 seconds more than the winner. In the Women Elite, Mariana Moreira and Raquel Costa changed positions. This time, Mariana got the gold with a time of 14:30, with Raquel Costa being second with more 1:01. The third placed was Rita Rodrigues (GafanhOri), finishing with a time of 16:09.
Men Elite (3,1 Km 110 m 23C)
1. Tiago Romão (GafanhOri) 12:54 (+ 00:00)
2. Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) 13:30 (+ 00:36)
3. Miguel Silva (CMo Funchal) 13:51 (+ 00:57)
4. João Mega Figueiredo (CN Alvito) 14:02 (+ 01:08)
5. Tiago Martins Aires (GafanhOri) 14:31 (+ 01:37)
Women Elite (2,9 Km 105 m 19C)
1. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) 14:30 (+ 00:00)
2. Raquel Costa (GafanhOri) 15:31 (+ 01:01)
3. Rita Rodrigues (GafanhOri) 16:09 (+ 01:39)
4. Inês Pinto (GD4C) 17:23 (+ 02:53)
5. Adelindina Lopes (GD4C) 17:57 (+ 03:27
Men Elite (17,6 Km 290 m 28C)
1. Tiago Romão (GafanhOri) 1:32:46 (+ 00:00)
2. Tiago Martins Aires (GafanhOri) 1:32:59 (+ 00:13)
3. João Mega Figueiredo (CN Alvito) 1:34:05 (+ 01:19)
4. Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) 1:36:50 (+ 04:04)
5. Miguel Silva (CMo Funchal) 1:42:24 (+ 09:38)
Women Elite (11,3 Km 220 m 21C)
1. Raquel Costa (GafanhOri) 1:18:43 (+ 00:00)
2. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) 1:24:28 (+ 05:45)
3. Patricia Casalinho (COC) 1:42:20 (+ 23:37)
4. Adelindina Lopes (COC) 1:45:46 (+ 27:03)
5. Joana Costa (GD4C) 1:46:22 (+ 27:39)
To see the full results and for further information, please visit the event's webpage at http://cnlspalmela2016.weebly.com/.
[Photo: Record / record.xl.pt]