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The judoka Telma Monteiro and the pilot Miguel Oliveira were today distinguished with the award of Portuguese athletes of the year 2020, by the Confederation of Sport of Portugal (CDP), at the ceremony that took place at the National Stadium, in Oeiras.
Telma Monteiro, 35, bronze medalist in Rio2016, won the award for the fifth time, repeating the successes of 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016, after winning the silver medal in the Europeans of 2020, in what was his 14 .Stance on the podium in continental competitions.
At the age of 26, Miguel Oliveira received this distinction for the fourth time, as in 2015, 2017 and 2018, after becoming the first Portuguese to win races in the MotoGP World Championship, with victories in Austria and Portimão.
Miguel Oliveira imposed himself on canoeist Fernando Pimenta, winner of the award in 2016, who last year reached 100 international medals, on cyclist João Almeida, who rode 15 days in the lead of the Volta a Itália and finished the Italian race in fourth, by pilot Filipe Albuquerque, who won the World Endurance Championship, and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, Italian champion for Juventus.
Telma Monteiro beat Auriol Dongmo, who, in 2020, qualified for the Olympic Games, successively breaking the national records for the launch of the weight, a specialty in which he won the European title on the indoor track, already in 2021, the gymnast Filipa Martins, also qualified for Tokyo2020 and distinguished in 2015, the cyclist Maria Martins, medaled in the European track, and the canoeist Joana Vasconcelos, who won the Szeged World Cup.
The winners were elected through a public vote, after the list of finalists was drawn up by a jury of sports figures, based on the nominations of the sports federations.