André Pereira and Susana Francisco win selection test in Lisbon
Bela Vista Park (where European Cross Country Championships will be held) hosted the competition
André Pereira (with Miguel Marques by his side) and Susana Francisco (completely isolated) were the winners of the main distances of the selection race for the European Crosse Country Championships, which took place in Lisbon, in the same place that will host the continental competition, the Bela Vista Park.
The men’s race was completely dominated by the two athletes, André Pereira (Benfica) and Miguel Marques (Sporting), who left away the main opponents, who were even the under23 athletes, Isaac Nader and Alexandre Figueiredo, both from Benfica, who finished practically aware of his race (he had one lap less), also with some advantage over the others.
Still in men, the U20 race was more disputed and eventually won the Benfica’s Etson Barros (who was already selected), with better final sprint than the Sporting’s Ruben Amaral.
In women, the main race only registered three seniors to cut the goal, being the best Susana Francisco, Sporting Braga, clearly distanced from the others. One lap earlier, the end of the race for U23 had taken place, with Joana Ferreira, from Juventude Vidigalense also detached from her opponents, the same as in U20, with athlete Lia Lemos (Maia AC), clearly detached from all her opponents.
The national team will be announced on November 27.
Seniors (9725 m): 1. André Pereira (SL Benfica), 31.39; 2. Miguel Marques (Sporting), 31.39; 3. Hugo Almeida (SC Braga), 31.50; 4. Paulo Barbosa (Maia), 31.52; 5. Luís Saraiva (SC Braga), 31.52; 6. João Pereira (Sporting), 32.07.
U23 (8225 m): 1. Isaac Nader (SL Benfica), 26.51; 2. Alexandre Figueiredo (SL Benfica), 26.51; 3. Ricardo Ferreira (Sporting), 27.00; 4. Cristiano Borges (Sporting), 27.06; 5. Jorge Moreira (SC Braga), 27.14; 6. Filipe Vitorino (CN Rio Maior), 27.23;
U20 (6225 m): 1. Etson Barros (SL Benfica), 20.04 minutes; 2. Reuben Amaral (Sporting), 20.05; 3. Miguel Ribeiro (SL Benfica), 20.07; 4. Miguel Moreira (Sporting), 20.18; 5. Duarte Gomes (SL Benfica), 20.20; 6. Nuno Pereira (Sporting), 21.01.
Seniors (7725 m): 1. Susana Francisco (SC Braga), 28.42; 2. Ercília Machado (Individual), 30.17; 3. Deolinda Oliveira (EA Trofa), 36.36.
U23 (6225 m): 1. Joana Ferreira (J. Vidigalense), 23.23; 2. Beatriz Rodrigues (Sporting), 23.38; 3. Manuela Martins (Marathon), 23.51; 4. Sara Duarte (S. João da Serra), 23.59; 5. Lilia Martins (J. Vidigalense), 24.07; 6. Sara Monteiro (N. Oeiras), 24.35.
U20 (4225 m): 1. Lia Lemos (Maia AC), 15.44; 2. Barbara Neiva (Sporting), 16.06; 3. Mónica Silva (Vitória SC), 16.15; 4. Cátia Pereira (Sporting), 16.42; 5. Camila Gomes (SL Benfica), 16.53; 6. Mara Resende (Maia AC), 17.11.