Three finals for Portugal in the indoor track and field World Championships

Three finals for Portugal in the indoor track and field World Championships
Three finals for Portugal in the indoor track and field World Championships
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The first day of the indoor track World Championships, which began this Friday in Glasgow, had Portuguese brilliance with the qualification of João Coelho for the 400 meter final and Isaac Nader and Salomé Afonso for the 1500 meter final. In the direct final of the women’s weight, without the presence of champion Auriol Dongmo, Portuguese Jessica Inchude (ranked 10th) and Eliana Bandeira (12th) performed a discreet race.

The figure of the day was João Coelho, who broke the national record for the 400 meters twice. In the morning, in the qualifiers, the Benfica sprinter completed the double lap of the track in 46.35 seconds, qualifying for the semi-finals, as did the other Portuguese in the race, Omar Elkhatib (46.99 seconds).

At night, in the semi-final, João Coelho became the first Portuguese person to go below 46 seconds and once again set a new national maximum (45.98 seconds), qualifying for Saturday’s final categorically, with the third best time between the six qualifiers. Elkhatib was eliminated after finishing sixth in the other semi-final.

In the women’s 1500 meters, Salomé Afonso was also at a great level, qualifying for Sunday’s final thanks to second place in the heat in which she participated. The Portuguese athlete achieved the fifth best time among the 12 qualified (4.07.55 minutes), three tenths above the national record, which she already holds.

In the men’s race, Isaac Nader confirmed the credentials with which he arrived at these championships and won the third round with authority, in a race made on a slow basis. The mark of 3.45.50 minutes was 10th among the 14 qualified, but Nader can dream in Sunday’s final.

The article is in Portuguese

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