Enezaide do Rosário da Vera Cruz Gomes, OIH (born 20 November 1979) is a former Portuguese heptathlete and long jumper, born in São Tomé and Príncipe. She also competed in 100 metres hurdles at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She represented Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Naide Gomes started competing under the flag of her birth country São Tomé and Príncipe and represented it at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, though she has lived in Portugal since she was 11 years old. At the Sydney Olympics, Gomes was the São-Tomé flag carrier in the opening ceremony. Before changing nationality she set the current São Tomé and Príncipe records in 100 metres hurdles, long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, javelin throw and heptathlon.
She gained Portuguese citizenship in 2001, and has since represented Portugal at major international events.
In Madrid, she became the first Portuguese athlete ever to reach the seven metres distance in the long jump, by jumping 7.01m. In Valencia she won gold at the World Athletics Indoor Championships 2008, by jumping 7.00m.
On 19 August, at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China, a top-favorite for the gold medal, in peak physical condition and having dominated the season, Gomes unexpectedly fouled on her first two attempts and then stutter-stepped on her final try jumping a mere 6.29 m, thus failing to qualify to the final.
On 26 March 2015, Naide Gomes announced her retirement in a special news conference with close friends and the long term coach, at age 35. Main reasons appointed the prolonged injuries she is suffering since 2013, that took her away from the tracks, and the need of another surgery. She said to be very proud of her career, after winning 11 international medals, though failing at Olympic level, and wants to continue to be close to Athletics, either as a coach or as physioterapist. She also announced she's expecting her first child.
Notes and references
- Enezaide and not Enezenaide as it often appears published. See decree granting Portuguese citizenship to Ms Gomes.
- São Tomé and Príncipe athletics records Archived 2007-06-08 at the Wayback Machine.
- The decree granting Portuguese citizenship to Ms Gomes was signed on 4 May 2001 published in the Portuguese official gazette (Diário da República) on 22 May 2001. See here, page 8600, second column.
- Fernandes, António Manuel (2009-07-14). Évora, another title in Lisbon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
- "Naide Gomes anuncia fim de carreira" (in Portuguese). Noticias ao Minuto. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
Naide Gomes announces the end of career
- "Naide Gomes anuncia final de carreira". Diario de Noticias newspaper (in Portuguese). 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
Naide Gomes announces end of career
- "Naide Gomes anuncia final de carreira". Rádio Renascença (in Portuguese). 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
Naide Gomes announces end of career and reveals to be pregnant
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