Sara Moreira

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Sara Moreira
Sara Moreira Barcelona2010.jpg
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Portugal
European Championships
Silver 2010 Barcelona 5000 m
Bronze 2012 Helsinki 5000 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold 2013 Gothenburg 3000 m
Silver 2009 Turin 3000 m
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Bronze 2009 Amman Team
European Cross Country Championships
Gold 2008 Brussels Team
Gold 2009 Dublin Team
Gold 2010 Albufeira Team
Universiade
Silver 2011 Shenzhen 5000 m

Sara Moreira (born October 17, 1985) is a Portuguese female long-distance runner specialized in the 3000 metres steeplechase and 5000 metres. After contributing for three collective European cross-country titles and winning individual silver and bronze medals in other championships, she secured her first individual senior title with the 3000 metres gold medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

Career[edit]

Born Sara Isabel Fonseca Moreira in Santo Tirso, Portugal,[1] Moreira's first international athletics competition was the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships, where she took the bronze medal in the steeplechase. She attended the 2007 World Championships in Athletics the following year and finished in thirteenth place in the final. The following year she took part in two major competitions: the IAAF World Cross Country Championships where she finished 50th in the senior race, and then the 2008 Summer Olympics later that year, where she failed to get past the heats of the steeplechase competition.

The 2009 saw Moreira take on an extensive competitive schedule. In March 2009, she won the silver medal at the European Indoor Championships with a new personal best of 8:48.18 – her first senior medal. A sixteenth place finish at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships saw her help the Portuguese women to a team bronze, along with Ana Dulce Félix. She scored a series of gold medals in July, starting with a 5000 metres and steeplechase double at the 2009 Summer Universiade (which included a Universiade record in the steeplechase), followed by another 5000 m gold at the 2009 Lusophony Games. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics she missed out on the steeplechase final but managed to finish tenth in the women's 5000 m contest. Having competed extensively from March to August, Moreira's final competition of 2009 was the 2009 European Cross Country Championships in December, where she finished tenth and won the team gold with Portugal.

Moreira started her 2010 campaign at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha and she finished sixth in the final of the 3000 metres, the second best European performer after Ethiopian-born Alemitu Bekele Degfa, who competed for Turkey. Later that month she ran at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and finished in 27th place (the fifth best European performer).[2] She took third place at the European Cup 10000m in June 2010, making her debut over 10,000 metres, and also helped win the women's team title for Portugal with Inês Monteiro and Fernanda Ribeiro.[3] She recorded a 3000 m personal best shortly after at the Gran Premio de Andalucía, where her time of 8:42.69 brought her third place behind Nuria Fernández.[4]

At the 2010 European Athletics Championships she secured a 5000 m bronze medal, setting a personal best of 14:54.71, but dropped out of the 10,000 m mid-race.[5] She was selected to run the 3000 m for Europe at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, but she finished in seventh place. A ninth place finish at the 2010 European Cross Country Championships helped Portugal to the team gold medal.[6] She ended the year with a win at the São Silvestre da Amadora 10K race on New Year's Eve.[7]

Her 2011 began with a third place finish at the European Cross Country Club Championships, hosted at the Cinque Mulini, where her club, Maratona Clube de Portugal, came second in the women's team race.[8] She came seventh over 1500 m at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships and was twentieth in the senior race at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships later that year. After fellow Portuguese Augusto dropped out of the European Cup 10000m, she took on the favourite role and won the title, five seconds clear of Christelle Daunay.[9] Moreira tested positive for the prohibited stimulant, methylhexaneamine at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.[10] Her result was annulled and she was banned for six months.[11]

Upon her return, she won the Douro Valley Half Marathon in May, the European Cup 10000m title in June,[12] then a bronze medal in the 5000 m at the 2012 European Athletics Championships. She gained selection for the Portuguese Olympic team and ran a personal best of 31:16.44 minutes to place fourteenth in the 10,000 m Olympic final. She defeated Berhane Adere to win the Great Birmingham Run in October and placed twelfth at the 2012 European Cross Country Championships.[13]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Portugal
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd 3000 m st. 9:42.47
World Championships Osaka, Japan 13th 3000 m st. 10:00.40
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, United Kingdom 50th Senior race
Olympic Games Beijing, China 22nd (h) 3000 m st. 9:34.39
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 2nd 3000 m 8:48.18
World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 16th Senior race Individual
3rd Senior race Team
European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal 7th 1500 m
4th 3000 m st.
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 1st 3000 m st
1st 5000 m 15:32.78
Lusophony Games Lisbon, Portugal 1st 5000 m 15.45.05
World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany 12th (h) 3000 m st. 9:28.64
10th 5000 m 15:12.22
European Cross Country Championships Dublin, Ireland 10th Senior race
1st Team race
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 3000 m 8:55.34
World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 27th Senior race
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 5000 m 14:54.71
European Cross Country Championships Albufeira, Portugal 9th Senior race Individual
1st Senior race Team
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 7th 1500 m 4:16.67
Universiade Shenzhen, China 2nd 5000 m 15:45.83
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3000 m st. DQ
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 14th 10,000 m 31:16.44
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 3000 m 8:58.50

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sara Moreira Campeã Mundial Universitária de Corta Mato. Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso (2010-04-12). Retrieved on 2011-02-07.
  2. ^ Senior Race - W Final. IAAF (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2010-06-06). Farah and Monteiro take European Cup 10,000m victories. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-06.
  4. ^ Valinete, Emeterio (2010-06-10). 3000m World lead for Nuria Fernández in Huelva. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-14.
  5. ^ 2010 European Championships - women's 5000 m final. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  6. ^ SENIOR WOMEN'S FINAL: Portugal’s Augusto dominates to take gold. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  7. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2011-01-02). Moreira and Korir prevail in Amadora – Portuguese New Year race wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-02-06). Lamdassem and Bekele are triumphant in the Cinque Mulini. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  9. ^ Portugal double victory at the European Cup 10000m. European Athletics (2011-06-04). Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
  10. ^ IAAF Anti-Doping programme Daegu 2011 – standard Urine tests completed. IAAF (2011-11-04). Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  11. ^ IAAF confirms 6-month bans for Lim and Moreira. Boston (2012-02-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  12. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2012-06-04). Moreira and Kemboi Arikan take the European Cup 10,000m titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  13. ^ Martin, David (2012-10-21). Kogo defeats Kuma in Birmingham thriller - REPORT. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.

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Awards
Preceded by
Jéssica Augusto
Portuguese Sportswoman of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent