Francisco Belo stood out today in the European Cup of launches, which runs until Sunday in Samorin, Slovakia, by winning the launch of the weight, with the mark of 20.97 meters.
The Benfica athlete was the best of the Portuguese on this first day, matching his personal record set last weekend in the European indoor final in Glasgow, where he was fourth.
The Benfica athlete, who has imposed himself on Maksin Afonin, a Russian who was allowed to pitch as neutral, who threw 20.60 meters, and Bob Bertemes, Luxembourg (20.55), opened the contest with 19.60, improved to 20,23 and reached the golden test with 20,97.
He still did 20.89 meters to the fourth test, cancelled the fifth and closed with 20.36 meters. This result (20.97) of Belo is also the track record in Samorin and is the best European brand of this year (third in the World, both outdoors).
Benitez Tsanko Arnaudov, who finished in eighth place, with the 19.07-meter mark, also competed in the event, the only test he validated (cancelling several releases that were not to his liking).
As for the other Portuguese, Sporting’s Edujose Lima finished in sixth place Group B of the disc’s launch, a test in which he threw the engine to 52.89 meters (this season had better, with 55.78), with the best of the group being Andreas Christou, from Cyprus (54,92). Francisco Belo, who was enrolled, ended up not participating, betting everything on weight.
Before him, the first to take the test was Decio Andrade, a straight athlete studying in the United States, who finished the pitching of the hammer for under-23 athletes in sixth place, with a mark of 67.42 meters, a personal record. The winner was Ukrainian Myhaylo Kokhan, who pitched at 76.68.
Leandro Ramos, of Benfica, was eighth in the launching of the dart for athletes under 23, launching the mill at 72.63 meters, his best result of the year. The winner was the Belarusian Aliaksei Katsavets, with 82.45 meters (best world record of the year).