Whoever has two athletes at the top of the world of the year has two candidates for medals at the beginning, and this is how Portugal presents itself for European athletes from this Thursday in Torun, Poland. covered. In an entourage of 16 athletes, the launcher Auriol Dongmo and the jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo present themselves in the Polish city as the best of the year, each at the start of the female weight and the triple male jump and more than candidates for the podium are candidates for the Winning the gold medal. Patrícia Mamona, on the other hand, who is not the top of the year in the women’s triple, is one of the best and is therefore a candidate for a medal herself.
Dongmo, the world leader of the year on the indoor track with a great national record of 19.65 m, which was achieved in Karlsruhe last January, will be the first Portuguese athlete to take action among these Europeans to improve the women’s weight qualification which shouldn’t be a problem – the requested mark is 18,40m and qualifies for the finals as the eight best among the 17 registered launchers. And Dongmo, who doesn’t have the best personal brand among the entries (Christina Schwanitz, the former world and European champion, has already started 20.05 m indoors and 20.77 m outdoors), has a big advantage over the second best European of the year – Schwanitz will be his big rival in Torun, but the German “only” has 19.11 m as the best of 2021.
Big things are expected in 2021 for the Cameroon-born Sporting Pitcher, who lives and trains in Leiria and has been competing for Portugal since last year. Not only did he raise the Portuguese record for a world-class brand, but also his own level of competition, she was multiple African champion but with brands far from what now serves as her personal record. Torun will be Portugal’s first major international competition, followed by the Tokyo Olympics this summer, where there will be at least one candidate for the finalist – just like the Rio de Janeiro Games. in 2016.
Without Nelson Évora (who is now Barcelona runners-up, second in Glasgow 2019, preparing his season for the Tokyo games), the Portuguese entourage Pedro Pablo Pichardo will have to try a triple medal that could well be gold. The Benfica jumper is still a long way from jumping over 18 meters when he competed for Cuba. He is in Torun with the best mark of the year (17.36m, two weeks ago) and ready to win the first medal in Portuguese colors after finishing fourth at the 2019 Worlds in Doha – but already has an extensive curriculum for Cuba, including two silver medals in the worlds.
Patrícia Mamona is a repetition of the Portuguese hopes for medals in major athletics competitions. The Sporting Triplist, European outdoor champion in 2016, has 14.21 m as the best record of the year 2021, a mark that puts them in the “Top 4” of the in Viyaleta Skvartsova (14.39 m) and the Spaniard Ana Peleteiro bring these Europeans registered brands. And it cannot be ruled out that Francisco Belo got a good result at the start of the weight. He was fourth in the final two years ago in Glasgow, with a start that is still considered a personal record: 20.97 m.
So Dogmo, Pichardo and Mamona are the three nicknames that need to be established when looking for medals in order to maintain the trend that has started since the Indoor Europeans in Paris in 1994 that at least one Portuguese athlete should end up on the podium. And if the two leading positions in the ranking can be translated into two titles, this is the second time after the triumphs of Carla Sacramento (1,500 m) and Fernanda Ribeiro (3,000 m) in Stockholm in 1996. It’s not just about pitchers and jumpers. There is also a strong presence at track events between long distance runners (six) and sprinters (six).
Duplantis vs. Lavillenie
There are many first athletics figures competing in Torun. One of the most anticipated events is the men’s pole vault race, in which there will be a new duel between “Mondo” Duplantis, the North American teenager who competes for Sweden, and French rider Renaud Lavillenie, the current world record holder, and the previous one. Duplantis is the favorite in the competition, but Lavillenie, who has won the competition four times, is going taller than in previous years – he is the best in 2021 6.06m, who has not walked more than six meters since 2015.