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Sao Silvestre da Amadora: Rosa Mota under 40 minutes – Athletics

Sao Silvestre da Amadora: Rosa Mota under 40 minutes – Athletics

At 65 years old, the 88th Seoul Olympic champion shines in a legendary year-end race

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Rosa Mota is still in great shape at 65 years old! The Seoul 1988 Olympic Marathon Champion and Los Angeles 1984 Bronze Medalist was in force at the 48th edition of the São Silvestre da Amadora (10km), achieving an impressive time of…39.40 minutes, having crushed your age group (65 year). In the general classification, the former Olympian took 14th place in the women's category, having significantly improved the time obtained in the 2022 edition (42.15). To understand the magnitude of this result, Rosa Motta will have broken the world record for the distance in this category, improving the time of German Angela Copson (41.40, from 2012). In addition to this historic record, the veteran Portuguese runner also became the first woman to complete the 10-kilometer distance at a rate of less than 4 minutes per kilometer. As for her mid-race pass, Rosa Mota will have improved the 5km world record, with a time of 19.58 minutes, besting North American Katherine Martin (20.08, from 2016). These historical monuments now need to be verified by responsible entities.

As for the traditional end-of-year race in Amadora, the winner was Ana Mafalda Ferreira, from Sporting, who had previously won in 2018 and 2019, with a time of 34.40 minutes, ahead of Monica Silva, from Salgueiros (34.51), and Joana Ferreira. Agueda's (34.57) placed second and third respectively.

In the men's race, the fastest was Ruben Amaral, with a time of 30.19 minutes. The Leo athlete crossed the finish line in first place and put his name on the winners list for the first time. The Sporting athlete beat competition from Duarte Gomez from Benfica (30.28) and David Silva from SP Braga (30.42).

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The winners of the absolute competition received a financial prize of 1,500 euros, while the runners-up received 1,000 euros each. Third parties collected 750 euros, in a competition in which there were also financial prizes for the first 25 finishers.

By Diogo Jesus


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