The Portuguese athlete Ana Cabecinha guaranteed today a qualifying mark in the 20 kilometers march for the Olympic Games Tokyo2020, when she became national champion for the seventh time, in Olhão.
The walker of Clube Oriental do Pechão fulfilled the test in the unofficial time of 1: 30.18 hours, when the minimums were 1:31, so she will be for the fourth time in the Games, postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic of the covid-19.
Ana Cabecinha, 36, was eighth in Beijing 2008, ninth in London2012 and sixth in Rio2016.
In the race that took place today in Olhão, Inês Henriques (Rio Maior Swimming Club) was second, at 1: 36.15 hours, and Carolina Costa (Sporting) completed the podium, in 1: 37.43.
Portuguese athletes with minimum for the Olympic Games:
Athletics: João Vieira (50km march), Ana Cabecinha (20km march), Pedro Pichardo (triple jump), Patrícia Mamona (triple jump), Evelise Veiga (triple jump), Carla Salomé Rocha (marathon), Sara Catarina Ribeiro (marathon), Auriol Dongmo (weight throw);
Cycling: Maria Martins (track), two more spots on the road due to the 23rd place in the Olympic ranking.
Candle: Jorge Lima and José Luís Costa secured two places in 49er, although not necessarily occupied by the pair.
Canoeing: Fernando Pimenta, Emanuel Silva, João Ribeiro, Messias Baptista, David Varela, Teresa Portela, Antoine Launay.
Swimming: Alexis Santos, Gabriel Lopes, Tamila Holub, Diana Durães, Ana Catarina Monteiro.
Equestrian: three athletes in the teaching team and one in the obstacle course.
Table tennis: men's team, men's individual tournament and women's individual tournament.
Shooting with hunting weapons: João Paulo Azevedo (Olympic moat).
Surf: Frederico Morais.
Fitness: Filipa Martins.