Sport surprises Benfica on the first day of the national athletics championships

For 11 years now, Sporting, on the women’s side, and Benfica, on the men’s side, have shared the hegemony of the Club Nationals in Portugal.

Sporting’s men’s side beat Benfica on the first day of the National Club Championships, which took place at Doutor Magalhães Pessoa Stadium, Leiria.

Sporting on the women’s side and Benfica on the men’s side have shared national team hegemony in Portugal for 11 years, but on the men’s side, Saturday’s competitions showed that something could change.

If in the women the lions confirmed their favoritism, finishing the round with 83 points, 23 more than the most direct pursuer, Juventude Vidigalense, in the men the second round promises a lot of fight between Sporting and Benfica, who reached today the end of the first day separated by three points.

Contributing to the 75 points that Sporting fans tallied, highlights were wins for Rúben Amaral in the 5,000 meters – with a thrilling sprint with Benfica’s Samuel Barata -, Tiago Luís Pereira in the long jump, João Coelho in the 400 meters, by Roman Kokoshko in the shot put and veteran João Vieira in the 5000 m walk.

Along with this, the lions earned five second place finishes.

But balance is the dominant note, with the two teams almost always sharing the two places on the podium. Thus, Benfica has 72 points, with victories for Reynier Mena in the 100 meters, Isaac Nader in the 1,500 meters, Leandro Ramos in the javelin throw and in the 4×100 meters relay.

In third place, by far, follows Braga, with 45 points. In the fight for the last place on the podium is Casa do Benfica de Faro, who have 37.

In women, Sporting confirmed expectations by winning eight of the 11 competitions disputed, thanks to 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, as the competition is far enough away: Juventude Vidigalense continue with 60 points in second place and Estreito are third, with 54.5 points, challenged by Braga, who have it. 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 walk: 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.

5000 meters: Ruben 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 walk: Vitória Oliveira (Sporting de Braga), 12.55.76 minutes.

Long jump: Evelyse Veiga (Sporting), 6.22 meters.

3,000 meter hurdles: 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.

5000 meters: Catarina Ribeiro (Sporting), 16:14.87 minutes.

Ranking after the first round:

Division I (men):

1. Sportsman, 75 points.

2. Benfica, 72.

3. Braga, 45 years old.

Division I (Women):

1. Sportsman, 83 points.

2. Vidigalense youth, 60 years old.

3. Narrow, 54.5.

Division II (men):

1. AC Povoa do Varzim, 62 points.

2. CA Up to, 53.

3. GRECAS, 50.

Division II (Women):

1. Agua de Pena ADR, 64 points.

2. GRECAS, 60.

3. GR Eireense, 59.

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