Portuguese gymnast Filipa Martins wants to be a finalist at the European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships starting today in Glasgow and contributing to a good performance of the national team.
Concentrated on the asymmetrical parallels and cross traves, the gymnast assumes to aim to reach the final stages, bearing in mind that “the training went well,” he said in the Scottish city.
The gymnast of Sport Clube do Porto, 37th in Rio2016, the best classification in the Portuguese Olympic gymnastics, is still recovering from an operation done in January to the right ankle.
Even so, in June he finished in fourth place in the final of the World Artistic Gymnastics Cup, played in Guimarães, after having won the silver in the asymmetrical parallels in the same competition.
Despite the individual goals and the ambition to go to the Tokyo Olympics, the 22-year-old gymnast is aware of the collective goal of adding at least 147 points.
The delegation of senior gymnasts includes Mariana Marianito, from Lisboa Gymnasium Clube, who will compete in jumps, trave and solo, and hopes to get a good rating for the team.
“We support each other, we are united, which is important,” he said.
Present for the fourth time in European championships, Mariana Pitrez, from Acro Clube da Maia, will play jumps, asymmetrical parallels and beam, while debutants Leonor Silva and Beatriz Dias compete in solo and in jumps, parallel and solo, respectively.
If Leonor Silva sees these championships as a step in the rise to world events, Beatriz Dias is already thinking about obtaining the student athlete status that will give her favorable conditions of access to the university within two years.
“I would like to be a pediatrician,” said the 17-year-old gymnast.
The Portuguese delegation also includes Junior Beatriz Cardoso, aged 15, in June for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in October in Buenos Aires, which raised the expectations of the President of the Portuguese Gymnastics Federation, João Paulo Rocha.
“She is a young woman who has had a remarkable evolution in recent years and is expected to achieve something important. If we look at the qualification, we can think we can go to the final,” he said.
The goal is to repeat at least the 16th place in the team standings won in 2016 at the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
The European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships take place between now and Sunday at the SSE Hydro venue, while the European Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships take place between 09 and 12 August.
Both are part of the European Championships of six modalities that take place in Glasgow between today and August 12, which in addition to gymnastics includes cycling, swimming, rowing, triathlon and golf and in which a total of 60 Portuguese participate.