Portugal at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Portugal at the Olympic Games

Flag of Portugal
IOC code  POR
NOC Olympic Committee of Portugal
Website www.comiteolimpicoportugal.pt (Portuguese)
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 77 in 16 sports
Flag bearer Nelson Évora (opening)
Vanessa Fernandes (closing)
Medals
Rank: 46
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
2
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Portugal competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. It was the nation's twenty-second consecutive appearance at the Olympics. The Olympic Committee of Portugal was represented by a delegation of 129 people,[1] of which 77 were competitors participating in 16 sports.[2] Nelson Évora, the 2007 triple jump world champion, was chosen as the flag bearer during the opening ceremony;[3] he won the triple jump event, giving Portugal its fourth ever Olympic gold medal.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold EvoraNelson Évora Athletics Men's triple jump
 Silver Fernandes, VanessaVanessa Fernandes Triathlon Women's triathlon

Archery[edit]

A single male archer secured qualification by winning the individual competition at the Final World Qualification Tournament, in Boé, France.

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
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Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Nuno Pombo Men's individual 650 42  Ergin (TUR)
L 103–106
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

As in previous editions, the Portuguese Olympic team's biggest share of competitors will compete in athletics events. Twenty-seven athletes (13 men and 14 women) will perform in a wide range of track and field disciplines, including the long-distance events, where Portugal holds its best record, but also the more technical events, where national athletes have achieved international-level results in the build-up to the Beijing Games.

Notable male athletes include the 2004 Olympic 100 metres silver medalist, Francis Obikwelu, and the 2007 triple jump world champion, Nelson Évora. Susana Feitor—bronze in the 20 km walk at the 2005 World Championships—and Naide Gomes2008 world and 2007 European indoor long jump champion—are featured among the women's contingent.

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Arnaldo Abrantes 200 m 21.46 8 Did not advance
Augusto Cardoso 50 km walk N/A 4:09:00 40
Paulo Gomes Marathon N/A 2:18:15 30
Edivaldo Monteiro 400 m hurdles 49.89 6 N/A Did not advance
Francis Obikwelu 100 m 10.25 1 Q 10.09 3 Q 10.10 6 Did not advance
Hélder Ornelas Marathon N/A 2:23:20 46
Alberto Paulo 3000 m steeplechase 8:39.11 11 N/A Did not advance
António Pereira 50 km walk N/A 3:48:12 NR 11
Rui Pedro Silva 10000 m N/A 29:09.03 34
João Vieira 20 km walk N/A 1:25:05 32
Sérgio Vieira N/A 1:29:51 45
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Nelson Évora Triple jump 17.34 2 Q 17.67 1st
Marco Fortes Shot put 18.05 38 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jéssica Augusto 3000 m steeplechase 9:30.23 5 N/A Did not advance
5000 m 16:05.71 14 N/A Did not advance
Marisa Barros Marathon N/A 2:34:08 32
Ana Cabecinha 20 km walk N/A 1:27:45 NR 8
Clarisse Cruz 3000 m steeplechase 9:49.45 15 N/A Did not advance
Ana Dias Marathon N/A 2:36:25 46
Susana Feitor 20 km walk N/A DNF
Inês Monteiro Marathon N/A DNF
Sara Moreira 3000 m steeplechase 9:34.39 10 N/A Did not advance
Vera Santos 20 km walk N/A 1:28:14 10
María do Carmo Tavares 800 m 2:01.91 6 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Sílvia Cruz Javelin throw 57.06 24 Did not advance
Naide Gomes Long jump 6.29 32 Did not advance
Vânia Silva Hammer throw 59.42 46 Did not advance
Sandra-Helena Tavares Pole vault 4.30 19 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Marco Vasconcelos qualified for his third consecutive Olympic Games in virtue of a 64th place in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's ranking list, which allowed him to be the 32nd qualified player in a total of 41 individual players. For the first time, women's national badminton will be represented at the Olympics, thanks to the 59th place of Ana Moura in the BWF women's ranking, which converted her in the 31st qualified player from a total of 47 individual players.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Marco Vasconcelos Men's singles  Sridhar (IND)
L 16–21, 14–21
Did not advance
Ana Moura Women's singles  Cicognini (SUI)
L 9–21, 13–21
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Having reached the K-1 1000 metres final and the K-1 500 metres semifinal in his first Olympic appearance, in 2004, Emanuel Silva will be participating in the same two events, in Beijing.

Portugal will be represented in the women's kayak events for the first time, with Teresa Portela and the pair Beatriz Gomes and Helena Rodrigues in the 500 metres distance. All competitors were granted qualification by allocation of spare athlete quota places.

Sprint[edit]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Emanuel Silva Men's K-1 500 m 1:42.513 6 QS 1:45.985 5 Did not advance
Men's K-1 1000 m 3:31.843 4 QS 3:34.508 4 Did not advance
Teresa Portela Women's K-1 500 m 1:53.761 6 QS 1:54.831 6 Did not advance
Beatriz Gomes
Helena Rodrigues
Women's K-2 500 m 1:47.588 7 QS 1:46.021 5 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: QS = Qualify to semi-final; QF = Qualify directly to final

Cycling[edit]

A maximum of three places were allocated to Portugal in the men's road event, due to a tenth place in the 2006-2007 UCI Europe Tour nations ranking, which corresponded to a second place in terms of continental Olympic qualification. A quota place was available for the men's time trial event, but it was not taken. The national cycling federation chose to send 2004 Olympic silver medalist Sérgio Paulinho together with André Cardoso and Nuno Ribeiro. However, just five days before the road race event, it was announced that Paulinho would not compete in Beijing due to asthma problems, and that he would not be replaced by another rider.[4]

Road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
André Cardoso Men's road race 6:39:42 72
Nuno Ribeiro 6:26:17 28

Equestrian[edit]

Three horse riders qualified for the individual dressage competition—hence for the team competition, as well—, by benefiting from Switzerland's decision of not competing in the dressage events, but also from allocation of unused quota places. Daniel Pinto returns to the Olympic Games after his debut in Sydney 2000, while his brother Carlos Pinto will make his first Olympic appearance.

Dressage[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
Miguel Ralão Duarte Oxalis Individual Withdrew
Carlos Pinto Notavel 61.708 39 Did not advance
Daniel Pinto Galopin de la Font 63.083 33 Did not advance
Miguel Ralão Duarte
Carlos Pinto
Daniel Pinto
See above Team N/A Eliminated

Fencing[edit]

For the second time, since Rome 1960, Portugal qualified a female fencer for the individual foil competition. Débora Nogueira secured her place in Beijing by coming second in the European qualification tournament, held in Lisbon. She is joined by Joaquim Videira, a silver medalist in the men's individual épée at the 2006 World Fencing Championships, who qualified in virtue of his third place in the FIE individual adjusted official ranking (AOR).

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Joaquim Videira Individual épée  Torrente (RSA)
W 15–10
 Zawrotniak (POL)
L 9–15
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Débora Nogueira Individual foil  Su Ww (CHN)
L 4–15
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Portugal had qualified two places in trampoline gymnastics.

Trampoline[edit]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Diogo Ganchinho Men's 69.10 11 Did not advance
Ana Rente Women's 31.60 16 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

In the wake of Nuno Delgado's bronze medal in 2000 (the first Olympic judo medal), the national judo scene developed considerably and new stars emerged, achieving international results of credit. Among notable judokas competing in Beijing are 2008 under-81 kg European champion, João Neto, and two-time under-52 kg European champion and 2007 World Judo Championships runner-up, Telma Monteiro.

Men
Athlete Event Preliminary Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Pedro Dias −66 kg BYE  Ortíz (VEN)
W 0100–0001
 Derly (BRA)
W 0101–0010
 Pak C-M (PRK)
L 0000–0002
Did not advance BYE  Casale (ITA)
L 0001–1001
Did not advance
João Pina −73 kg N/A  Tritton (CAN)
W 0010–0000
 Maloumat (IRI)
L 0001–0111
Did not advance BYE  Kanamaru (JPN)
L 0010–0011
Did not advance
João Neto −81 kg  Gavashelishvili (GEO)
W 1010–0000
 Topalli (ALB)
W 1001–0000
 Cardenas (CUB)
W 1000–0000
 Kim J-B (KOR)
L 0000–0001
Did not advance BYE  Krawczyk (POL)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ana Hormigo −48 kg  Tomb (IND)
W 1011–0000
 Pak O-S (PRK)
L 0000–0100
Did not advance BYE  Nurgazina (KAZ)
W 0002–0001
 Bogdanova (RUS)
L 0010–0100
Did not advance
Telma Monteiro −52 kg BYE  Kharitonova (RUS)
W 0211–0000
 Xian Dm (CHN)
L 0010–1011
Did not advance BYE  Carrascosa (ESP)
L 0001–0101
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

A national crew achieved qualification for the men's lightweight double sculls event, by reaching second place in the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, held in Poznan.

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nuno Mendes
Pedro Fraga
Lightweight double sculls 6:24.35 3 R 6:39.07 1 SA/B 6:39.23 6 FB 6:28.47 8

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

A sport with tradition and success in the nation's Olympic history (four medals), the sailing events will feature nine Portuguese sailormen distributed among five classes. Notable sailors include former sailboard world and three-time European champion (Mistral and Neil Pryde RS:X), João Rodrigues; 2003 ISAF Laser world champion, Gustavo Lima; and 2008 470 world championship runner-up and European champion crew, Álvaro Marinho and Miguel Nunes.

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
João Rodrigues RS:X 18 10 10 8 14 16 9 3 13 19 EL 101 11
Gustavo Lima Laser 5 8 3 27 17 6 16 8 3 CAN 10 76 4
Álvaro Marinho
Miguel Nunes
470 2 8 15 6 11 7 9 OCS 10 14 20 102 8
Afonso Domingos
Bernardo Santos
Star 3 3 10 OCS 13 3 5 7 7 9 12 72 8
Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 M*
Francisco Andrade
Jorge Lima
49er 12 7 9 11 4 DNS 10 6 5 11 13 12 CAN CAN CAN EL 100 11

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; CAN = Race cancelled

Shooting[edit]

Two male shooters will take part in three events. João Costa returns to the Olympics to compete in the same two events where he debuted in 2000. Manuel Silva also makes an Olympic comeback, in the trap event, sixteen years later. Both qualified as 2006 World Cup winners.

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
João Costa 10 m air pistol 579 18 Did not advance
50 m pistol 549 33 Did not advance
Manuel Silva Trap 111 27 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Portuguese swimmers have achieved qualifying standards in the swimming events (up to a maximum of two swimmers per event with the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially one with the Olympic Selection Time (OST)). Additionally, Portugal had qualified one male and one female swimmer to the inaugural open-water marathon.

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Carlos Almeida 200 m breaststroke 2:13.34 NR 34 Did not advance
Diogo Carvalho 200 m individual medley 2:00.66 18 Did not advance
Fernando Costa 1500 m freestyle 15:26.21 29 N/A Did not advance
Arseniy Lavrentyev 10 km open water N/A 2:03:39.6 22
Simão Morgado 100 m butterfly 52.80 NR 33 Did not advance
Pedro Oliveira 200 m backstroke 2:01.08 28 Did not advance
200 m butterfly 1:57.41 NR 24 Did not advance
Tiago Venâncio 100 m freestyle 50.30 45 Did not advance
200 m freestyle 1:50.24 39 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Diana Gomes 100 m breaststroke 1:10.02 26 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:30.18 29 Did not advance
Daniela Inácio 10 km open water N/A 2:00:59.0 17
Sara Oliveira 100 m butterfly 59.48 NR 35 Did not advance
200 m butterfly 2:10.14 NR 19 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

For the first time in Olympic history, Portugal had qualified in table tennis. A maximum of three players participated in the men's singles: João Monteiro, qualified via Continental Qualification Tournament, Marcos Freitas and Tiago Apolónia, qualified due to allocation of unused team quota places.

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
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Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Tiago Apolónia Men's singles BYE  Lin J (DOM)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Marcos Freitas BYE  Lashin (EGY)
W 4–1
 Yang Z (SIN)
L 2–4
Did not advance
João Monteiro BYE  Toriola (NGR)
L 3–4
Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Taekwondo was the second Olympic sport where Portuguese competitors entered for the first time, in Beijing. The feat was achieved by Pedro Póvoa, following his victory in the European Qualification Tournament, held in Istanbul.

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Pedro Póvoa Men's −58 kg  Mercedes (DOM)
L 0–3
Did not advance  Chu M-Y (TPE)
L (−1)–1
Did not advance

Triathlon[edit]

The nation's second consecutive presence in the Olympic triathlon competition will be expanded to both events, with the qualification of two male triathletes. They will join Vanessa Fernandes, eight place in Athens, who is aiming to grab the Olympic gold medal, following a world title, in 2007, and a fifth consecutive European title, in 2008.

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Duarte Marques Men's 18:20 0:26 59:06 0:27 36:47 1:55:06.57 45
Bruno Pais 18:28 0:26 58:47 0:27 32:32 1:50:40.22 17
Vanessa Fernandes Women's 19:53 0:29 1:04:18 0:33 34:21 1:59:34.63 2nd

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Começou a ponte aérea para Pequim" (in Portuguese). Comité Olímpico de Portugal. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Missão de Portugal fecha com 78 atletas" (in Portuguese). Comité Olímpico de Portugal. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Nelson Évora porta-bandeira na Cerimónia de Abertura" (in Portuguese). Comité Olímpico de Portugal. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Sérgio Paulinho vai falhar Jogos devido a problemas de saúde" (in Portuguese). Agência Lusa. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04. [dead link]
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