The competition takes place in Glasgow between the 1st and 3rd of March.
Portuguese athletics coach José Santos believes that the Portuguese delegation will reach finalists’ positions in the European track, without ruling out the medal win in Glasgow from March 01 to 03.
“We always expect good results at the level of the finalists’ performances, but I do not like to talk about medals, although I do not discard them, because some athletes worked hard to fight for them,” said the national coach and technical director before leaving for Glasgow , which hosts the 35th edition of Europeans.
A maximum objective would be to repeat the results of Valencia in 1998 when the 11 Portuguese representatives won three medals (one gold) and seven finalist places, in the highest Portuguese score ever (30 points).
“I do not deny that we are always looking for these best positions, but we can never forget that if our athletes worked hard, so do our opponents. But our team is getting better and better. leave us confident, “he said.
In the last edition of the Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 2017, Nelson Évora returned to winning the triple (repeating 2015), Patrícia Mamona to be runner-up in the same race, while at the weight, Tsanko Arnaudov was on the verge of podium 4th, with 21.08 meters), with Portugal achieving the second best score ever (24 points).
Now in Glasgow, Portugal presents with 13 Portuguese, with different aspirations.
In terms of speed, Carlos Nascimento is among the top 10 contenders and can aim for the final, while Ancuian Lopes and Lorene Bazolo will focus on the semi-finals, as well as Cátia Azevedo in the 400 meters, and the barristers Rasul Dabo and Olímpia Barbosa.
The difficult task awaits the representatives in the 1,500 meters since Paulo Rosário and Emanuel Rolim only have six competitors with worse mark, being cleared nine of the 30 enrolled for the final.
Regarding the competitions, any of the Portuguese athletes have aspirations to reach the finals (the eight best after qualifying), and Nelson Évora has four athletes with the best marks of the year that he, while Patrícia Mamona sees two athletes in front of him in the ‘ranking’, with Susana Costa in position to ‘attack’ the final.
The two weightlifters – Tsanko Arnaudov and Francisco Belo – are also candidates for the final.