Martins Dominates Portuguese Championships

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It was a small field at this year’s Portuguese Championships, with only four gymnasts competing in the all-around, but that didn’t stop Ana Filipa Martins from giving an excellent performance to win the gold.

Martins, 19, earned a 52.9 didn’t actually have her greatest day, with a fall on bars and some rough landings on floor, but she still managed to top the all-around podium in addition to posting the top scores on bars with a 12.3 and beam with a 13.65. Her 13.85 on vault was the highest single-vault score there, though she won the silver event medal for her average of 12.5, showing two clean vaults but incurring a two point penalty for performing two from the same family. On floor, though there were some bumps along the way, Martins still managed a 13.1 to take the silver, going home with five medals for her good day.

Miriana Pitrez was the silver medalist with a 46.7, and also took home silver on bars with a 10.7 in addition to bronze medals on beam (11.45) and floor (12.2). Ines Romero won the bronze all-around medal with a 45.3 in addition to earning vault bronze with a 12.95 average and bars bronze with a 9.65, and the first-year senior Sara Raposeiro was fourth with a 41.0.

Zoi Lima didn’t contend in the all-around competing everything but bars. She took home two gold medals of her own, however, averaging a 12.775 on vault and earning a 13.25 on floor. Her beam performance for an 11.65 earned the silver. Rounding out the senior field was Catarina Moreira, who had an 11.1 on beam and an 11.45 on floor.

The junior field also featured six competitors, many of whom were on the same level as the seniors. Mariana Marianito won four gold medals, including all-around with a 47.15, vault with a 12.9 average, beam with a 12.4, and floor with a 12.6.

Rita Araujo was the silver medalist with a 46.55, and also went home with silvers on vault (12.475 average), bars (9.75), and floor (12.5) and a bronze on beam (11.7). In third place was Leonor Feijo with a 45.4; she also picked up vault bronze (12.225 average) and floor bronze (12.1). In fourth place was Leonor Silva with a 45.0. Though she didn’t do quite as well on vault or floor, her bars score of 9.85 won the gold while her beam, with an 11.85, won silver.

Maria Ribeiro competed only two events, winning bars bronze with a 9.6, while Beatriz Dias competed just on floor, where she was fourth with an 11.15.

Full results from the meet are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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