For 11 years now, Sporting, in women’s, and Benfica, in men’s, have shared the hegemony in the Nationals of clubs in Portugal.
Sporting’s men’s team beat Benfica at the end of the first day of the National Club Championships, held at the Doutor Magalhães Pessoa Stadium, in Leiria.
Sporting, in women’s, and Benfica, in men’s, have shared the hegemony in the national teams in Portugal for 11 years, but among men, this Saturday’s competitions showed that something could be changing.
If in women the lions confirmed their favoritism, ending the round with 83 points, 23 more than the most direct pursuer, Juventude Vidigalense, in men the second round promises a lot of struggle between Sporting and Benfica, who today reached the end of the first day separated by three dots.
Contributing to the 75 points that the Sporting fans added up, the highlights were the victories of Rúben Amaral in the 5,000 meters – with an exciting sprint along with Benfica’s Samuel Barata -, of Tiago Luís Pereira in the long jump, of João Coelho in the 400 meters, by Roman Kokoshko in the shot put and veteran João Vieira in the 5,000 march.
Along with these, the lions got five second places.
But balance is the dominant note, with the two teams almost always sharing the two places on the podium. Thus, Benfica counts 72 points, with victories of Reynier Mena in the 100 meters, Isaac Nader in the 1,500 meters, Leandro Ramos in the javelin throw and the relay of 4×100 meters.
In third place, far away, follows Braga, with 45 points. In the fight for the last place on the podium is Casa do Benfica de Faro, which counts 37.
In women’s, Sporting confirmed expectations, winning eight of the 11 competitions contested, through Anabela Neto (high jump), Lorene Bazolo (100 meters), Irina Rodrigues (discus throw), Patrícia Silva (1,500 meters), Cátia Azevedo (400 meters), Evelise Veiga (long jump), Catarina Ribeiro (5,000 meters) and the 4×100 meters relay.
The lionesses are well on their way to their 12th consecutive women’s club title, because the competition is quite far away: Juventude Vidigalense continues with 60 points in second place and Estreito is third, with 54.5 points, challenged by Braga, which has 53.
100 meters: Reynier Mena (Benfica), 10.13 seconds
Long jump: Tiago Luís Pereira (Sporting), 7.56 meters.
Pole Vault: Pedro Buaró (Estreito), 5.35 meters.
400 meters: João Coelho (Sporting), 46.86 seconds.
Shot put: Roman Kokoshko (Sporting), 19.71 meters.
1,500 meters: Isaac Nader (Benfica), 04:12.04 minutes.
5,000 meters march: João Vieira (Sporting), 20.41.66 minutes.
Javelin Throw: Leandro Ramos (Benfica), 73.73 meters.
4×100 meters: Benfica (André Prazeres, Frederico Curvelo, Reynier Mena and Diogo Antunes), 39.59 seconds.
5,000 meters: Rúben Amaral (Sporting), 14:15.01 minutes.
Hammer Throw: Mariana Pestana (Estreito), 60.04 meters.
High jump: Anabela Neto (Sporting), 1.83 meters.
100 meters: Lorene Bazolo (Sporting), 11.43 seconds.
Disc release: Irina Rodrigues (Sporting), 57.18 meters.
400 meters: Cátia Azevedo (Sporting), 52.44 seconds.
1,500 meters: Patrícia Silva (Sporting), 04:34.77 minutes.
3,000 meters march: Vitória Oliveira (Sporting de Braga), 12.55.76 minutes.
Long jump: Evelyse Veiga (Sporting), 6.22 meters.
3,000 meters obstacles: Joana Soares (AD Jardim da Serra), 9.55.92 minutes.
4×100 meters: Sporting (Mariana Bento, Beatriz Andrade, Olímpia Barbosa and Lorene Bazolo), 45.49 seconds.
5,000 meters: Catarina Ribeiro (Sporting), 16:14.87 minutes.
Classification after first round:
Division I (Men):
1. Sporting, 75 points.
2. Benfica, 72.
3. Braga, 45.
Division I (Women):
1. Sporting, 83 points.
2. Vidigalense Youth, 60.
3. Narrow, 54.5.
Division II (Men):
1. AC Póvoa do Varzim, 62 points.
2. CA Seia, 53.
3. GRECAS, 50.
Division II (Women):
1. Água de Pena ADR, 64 points.
2. GRECAS, 60.
3. GR Eirense, 59.