|Competitor for Portugal|
|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|
|European Cross Country Championships|
|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.
Born Sara Isabel Fonseca Moreira in Santo Tirso, Portugal, 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). 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. 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.
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. 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. She ended the year with a win at the São Silvestre da Amadora 10K race on New Year's Eve.
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. 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. Moreira tested positive for the prohibited stimulant, methylhexaneamine at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Her result was annulled and she was banned for six months.
Upon her return, she won the Douro Valley Half Marathon in May, the European Cup 10000m title in June, 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.
- Sara Moreira Campeã Mundial Universitária de Corta Mato. Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso (2010-04-12). Retrieved on 2011-02-07.
- Senior Race - W Final. IAAF (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
- Ramsak, Bob (2010-06-06). Farah and Monteiro take European Cup 10,000m victories. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-06.
- Valinete, Emeterio (2010-06-10). 3000m World lead for Nuria Fernández in Huelva. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-14.
- 2010 European Championships - women's 5000 m final. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
- SENIOR WOMEN'S FINAL: Portugal’s Augusto dominates to take gold. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
- Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2011-01-02). Moreira and Korir prevail in Amadora – Portuguese New Year race wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
- Sampaolo, Diego (2011-02-06). Lamdassem and Bekele are triumphant in the Cinque Mulini. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
- Portugal double victory at the European Cup 10000m. European Athletics (2011-06-04). Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
- IAAF Anti-Doping programme Daegu 2011 – standard Urine tests completed. IAAF (2011-11-04). Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
- IAAF confirms 6-month bans for Lim and Moreira. Boston (2012-02-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
- Ramsak, Bob (2012-06-04). Moreira and Kemboi Arikan take the European Cup 10,000m titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
- Martin, David (2012-10-21). Kogo defeats Kuma in Birmingham thriller - REPORT. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
|Portuguese Sportswoman of the Year