The Portuguese runner is now European omnium champion, in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Also in competition were Rodrigo Caixas, 12th in the respective omnium event, and Beatriz Roxo, 8th in the points race.
After her Olympic diploma, Maria Martins gave the Portuguese another joy by placing the national flag in the highest place on the podium. The runner competed in the omnium race, in the under-23 category, in which she won, thus winning the title of European champion in the discipline.
Maria Martins ran a race growing, improving with each race of the omnium contest. At scratch, she finished seventh, improving to fifth in race time. In the elimination race, one of her election races, Maria Martins won the second position, starting fourth overall for the last race, the points race.
In a race in which the top eight classified had the chance to climb the podium, the Portuguese runner knew that the task of getting a medal would not be easy. However, despite being very controlled by her opponents, Maria Martins managed to give an advance lap that guaranteed her climb to first place, which she held until the end.
Also competing in the under-23 omnium contest today was Rodrigo Caixas. The rookie runner in European track championships finished 15th in scratch, 12th in the time race, 16th in the elimination race, ending with a high level points race that secured him 12th place at the end of the race, with 49 points. The winner of the competition was the Danish Matias Malmberg, with 123 points.
In competition, in female juniors, there was also Beatriz Roxo. The runner competed in the points race, in which she finished in eighth place. The European title was awarded to Alena Ivanchenko, from Russia.
@ Federação Portuguesa de Ciclismo