National Champions! THE men’s athletics team do Benfica won the National Club Championship for the 12th consecutive time (since 2011) by reaching 147 points in the competition that took place this weekend, 30 and 31 July, at Estádio Municipal de Leiria – Dr. Magellan Pessoa.
to mention that Benfica and Sporting ended with the same number of pointsas tiebreaker to be decided on the total number of Individual victories: 12 for the Reds against the seven from the opponent.
at the end of 1st day of competitions, the greens and whites were ahead (75 points against 72 of the eagles), but Benfica had managed to triumphs us 100 metersus 1500 metersus 4×100 meters and not javelin throw; at the 2nd and last dayyou athletes from Luz responded to the precept and started Sunday afternoon winning. Us 110 meters hurdles, Roger Iribarne was the fastest and Hammer Throw, Décio Andrade was the strongest.
In the 800 meters competition, the athletes of Benfica and Sporting arrived close to the finish line, with a slight advantage of the red one, but the Portuguese Athletics Federation disqualified both runners. The eagles were not frightened and gained more eight points us 400 meters hurdlesthrough michael jesusus 200 metersper Reynier Menaat the disc releasewith Emanuel Sousaus 3000 meters obstaclesthrough Etson Barrosus 3000 metersper Isaac Nader and not triple jumpwith Pedro Pichardo.
A word, still, for the positive performance of the men’s team of Casa Benfica Farowhich ended the National Club Championship in 5th position of the overall ranking, with 76.5 points.
Ana Oliveira (Benfica athletics coordinator): “Our goal is always to win, but today [domingo] it was a day to win in a special way, for everything that happens off the track and we showed, on the track, that we are the best, even when things don’t go well for us. We had an equal record of the time of Professor Moniz Pereira, with Sporting. After 12 years, we broke that record. I am very proud and grateful. It wasn’t 12 years, but 17 years of struggle and conquest waiting for this moment. It took a lot of work, investment and resilience from Benfica. Benfica and athletics deserve it. Fortunately, Benfica and also Sporting managed to elevate athletics, which it needs.”
BENFICA RESULTS ON DAY 2
|Subjects | athletes
|110 meters hurdles
||Roger Iribarne: 1st place (13.47 s)
||Décio Andrade: 1st place (71.29 m)
||José Carlos Pinto: disqualified
|400 meters hurdles
||Mikael Jesus: 1st place (50.91 s)
||Reynier Mena: 1st place (20.24 s)
||Gerson Baldé: 5th place (1.98 m)
||Emanuel Sousa: 1st place (55.49 m)
|3000 meters obstacles
||Etson Barros: 1st place (08:46.19 s)
||Isaac Nader: 1st place (08.04.84 s)
||Mikael Jesus, Ricardo dos Santos, Raidel Acea and Ericsson Tavares: 2nd place (3:10.05 s)
||Pedro Pichardo: 1st place (16.62 m)
BENFICA RESULTS ON DAY 1
|Subjects | athletes
||Reynier Mena: 1st place (10.13 s)
||Ricardo dos Santos: 2nd place (47.61 s)
||Isaac Nader: 1st place (04:12.04 s)
||André Prazeres, Frederico Curvelo, Reynier Mena and Diogo Antunes: 1st place (39.59 s)
||Tsanko Arnaudov: 2nd place (19.08 m)
||Gerson Baldé: 2nd place (7.38 m)
||Diogo Ferreira: 4th place (5.00 m)
|5000 meters march
||Rui Coelho: 2nd place (20.51.63 s)
||Samuel Barata: 2nd place (14:15.11 s)
||Leandro Ramos: 1st place (73.73 m)