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Swimmer who went from Leiria to the Malawi Olympic Games.

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Swimmer who went from Leiria to the Malawi Olympic Games.

Filipe Gomes has lived in Leiria since he was 10 and participated in the Tokyo Olympics as an athlete from Malawi.

Swimmer Filipe Gomes, who has lived in Leiria since he was 10, competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as an athlete from Malawi, born there and using family ties to pursue a dream he considered “impossible”.

“As a joke, when I was younger, even when we were children, we laughed at the situation that one day we would come to the Games. I almost never said that because I had the feeling that it would be impossible for me. I heard my colleagues say that they were going to the Games, I thought it was impossible. But then life takes many turns, ”says 24-year-old swimmer Lusa.

The swimmer, who was born in Malawi’s second largest city, Blantyre, more than seven thousand kilometers from Leiria, which he now calls home, did not think about representing the national team of this African country, because it never entered his head. that he might be the “best”. best swimmer in Malawi. “

“In 2016, before the Games, a colleague advised me to see if it would be better and if I could not go to the Games. I sent emails to the Malawi federation, they told me that I had times and I qualified, but I failed the world championship and I had to do it, ”he says.

When the Rio 2016 opportunity disappeared, he “always went to the international competitions that were there” and after talking and talking with the Malawian federation he was called to the national championships where he won “everything” he swam in and the CANA African Championship , where he won “several medals”.

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He swam and arrived at the Games: seventh in the fifth round of 50 freestyle, although he specializes in breaststroke, 24.00 seconds was indicated on an invitation delivered to a country that later named him as the athlete with the most points internationally. rating.

“Everything went well. In general, I set my personal best – 23.99. At that time I was not sad, I was happy, but when I got to the village I thought “fire” at 0.01. I could set a record. Moreover, everything was spectacular, ”he sums up.

Family ties begin with the maternal grandparents who live and do business in this country, where the mother returned after studying and meeting his father in Portugal, with Filipe and his sister, who were born in Africa.

He came to Portugal at the age of 10 and has always lived in Leiria, where he is the “assistant coach of Bairro dos Agnos” and personal trainer at home or outdoors, combining work with an Olympic dream.

“I would like to have this experience again, but without covid-19. I would like to come to Paris in 2024, ”he guarantees.

The experience outside the pools in Tokyo was very marked by the pandemic situation, which ended with talking only with one or another teammate and “just hello and good afternoon, how was the competition, good luck and the like” with the Portuguese team, given the required distance and lagging athletes in common areas.

In the water, “it seemed like he was back with the cadets,” he says, speaking of his nervousness, admitting that he “never” felt that way. “When I touched the wall [no final], it was a relief … ”breathes a new Olympic“ hero ”from Malawi.

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Gomez, who is part of a five-athlete delegation, is now one of less than a hundred Olympic athletes from that country, whose capital is Lilongwe, and one of two swimmers in Tokyo 2020 alongside Jessica McWenda.

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″

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″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″

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Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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