Algarve athlete Diogo Marreiros took 2nd place in the 5 km event of the Frillensee Cup in ice speed skating, held on Saturday in Inzell, Germany, breaking a national record at the age of 25.
The speed skater, born in Lagos, hit the mark for 12.85 seconds, setting it at 6.44.66 minutes – the previous national distance record (6.57.52 minutes) had been set in 1996 by Fausto Marreiros, an Olympian for Portugal at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998.
In the passage at 3 km, he also improved time to the national record, placing the mark at 4.05.50 minutes – the previous one also belonged to the Portuguese Olympic skater Fausto Marreiros (4.11.85 minutes).
Diogo Marreiros reached the minimum for the World Cups and the European and World Championships.
The athlete, with an award winning career in speed skating on wheels, on the track and on the road, is part of the Support Program for Participation in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, celebrated between the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth and the Federation of Winter Sports (FDI) from Portugal.
Diogo Marreiros is working “to reach the Olympic minimums”, which will allow him to participate in the next Winter Olympic Games, says the federation.
Another Algarve skater, Miguel Bravo, also from speed skating, was present at the same tournament, where he made his first timed races on the ice: he was ranked 3rd in the 1,500 meters, in 2.05.62 minutes, and 13th in the 500 meters, in 42.47 seconds.