Wednesday, January 18, 2017

15th Centre Orienteering Meeting: Victories for Rafael Miguel and Filipa Rodrigues



Rafael Miguel and Filipa Rodrigues were the winners of the 15th Centre Orienteering Meeting, the first round of the Portuguese Orienteering League Vitalis 2017. ADFA – Associação de Deficientes das Forças Armadas got a comfortable win in the Team competition.


The 15th Centre Orienteering Meeting took place last weekend, at Lagoa da Ervedeira, kicking-off the Portuguese Orienteering League Vitalis 2017. Organized by COC – Clube de Orientação do Centro, the event offered two Middle Distance stages, which were attended by 589 participants, according to the organization's numbers.

Giving her first steps in the Elite, Filipa Rodrigues (ADFA) couldn't had a better start, being stronger than Carolina Delgado (GD4C) in this particular two-stage duel. Carolina Delgado won the inaugural stage with a fifty-five-second advantage over Filipa Rodrigues, taking benefit of Filipa’s three-minute mistake on her way to the first control. In the decisive stage, however, the ADFA’s athlete would improve her performance, leading the race from the start and being able to clear the disadvantage to Carolina Delgado. This first victory ever of Filipa Rodrigues in the Elite proved to be doubly tasty, since it also allowed her to reach the highest place of the podium of the 15th Centre Orienteering Meeting, with the overall time of 1:21:34. Carolina Delgado spent more 1:11 than the winner, while Magalie Mendes (COC) finished in the third place with the time of 1:27:57.

Like what happened in the previous edition of the Portuguese Orienteering League, Tiago Gingão Leal (GD4C) started the season with a victory. Showing a good physical condition, Leal took the lead from the start, being faster in 19 out of 25 controls of the first stage’s course and finishing with an eight-minute advantage over Rafael Miguel (Ori-Estarreja), second placed. Leal didn’t start for the second stage, thus “offering” the victory to Rafael Miguel, who recorded the overall time of 1:31:38, with his team-mate Rafael Ramos finishing nearly ten minutes after the winner. Luis Leite (GD4C) closed the podium with more 17:30 than the winner. With five victories and six second places in the competition classes, the ADFA – Associação de Deficientes das Forças Armadas won the Team competition, followed by Ori-Estarreja – Clube de Orientação de Estarreja and Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos.



Results

Men Elite
1. Rafael Miguel (Ori-Estarreja) 1:31:38 (+ 00:00)
2. Rafael Ramos (Ori-Estarreja) 1:41:09 (+ 09:31)
3. Luis Leite (GD4C) 1:49:08 (+ 17:30)
4. Luis Barreiro (NADA) 1:54:15 (+ 22:37)
5. Nuno Evangelista (COA) 1:55:18 (+ 23:40)

Women Elite
1. Filipa Rodrigues (ADFA) 1:21:34 (+ 00:00)
2. Carolina Delgado (GD4C) 1:22:45 (+ 01:11)
3. Magalie Mendes (COC) 1:27:57 (+ 06:23)
4. Joana Fernandes (.COM) 1:31:02 (+ 09:28)
5. Inês Pinto (GD4C) 1:35:21 (+ 13:47)

All information at http://eventos.coc.pt/15moc/.

Joaquim Margarido

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