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Sara Moreira

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Sara Moreira, born October 17, 1985 in Santo Tirso, Portugal is a long-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 meter steeplechase and 5000 meters. She reached finals at the World Championships in Athletics in 2007 and 2009. She represented Portugal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was the 5000 meter bronze medallist at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. Moreira's first international athletics competition was the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships, where she took the bronze medal in the steeplechase. She attended the 2007 World Championships in Athletics the following year and finished in thirteenth place in the final. The following year she took part in two major competitions: the IAAF World Cross Country Championships where she finished 50th in the senior race, and then the 2008 Summer Olympics later that year, where she failed to get past the heats of the steeplechase competition.

The yeay 2009 saw Moreira take on an extensive competitive schedule. In March 2009, she won the silver medal at the European Indoor Championships with a new personal best of 8:48.18 – her first senior medal. A sixteenth place finish at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships saw her help the Portuguese women to a team bronze, along with Ana Dulce Félix. She scored a series of gold medals in July, starting with a 5000 meters and steeplechase double at the 2009 Summer Universiade, which included a Universiade record in the steeplechase, followed by another 5000 meter gold at the 2009 Lusophony Games. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics she missed out on the steeplechase final but managed to finish tenth in the women's 5000 meter contest. Having competed extensively from March to August, Moreira's final competition of 2009 was the 2009 European Cross Country Championships in December, where she finished tenth and won the team gold with Portugal.

Moreira started her 2010 campaign at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha and she finished sixth in the final of the 3000 meters, the second best European performer after Ethiopian-born Alemitu Bekele Degfa, who competed for Turkey. Later that month she ran at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and finished in 27th place - the fifth best European performer. She took third place at the European Cup 10000 meter in June 2010, making her debut over 10,000 meters, and also helped win the women's team title for Portugal with Inês Monteiro and Fernanda Ribeiro. She recorded a 3000 meter personal best shortly after at the Gran Premio de Andalucía, where her time of 8:42.69 brought her third place behind Nuria Fernández. At the 2010 European Athletics Championships she secured a 5000 meters bronze medal, setting a personal best of 14:54.71, but dropped out of the 10,000 meter mid-race. She was selected to run the 3000 meter for Europe at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, but she finished in seventh place. A ninth place finish at the 2010 European Cross Country Championships helped Portugal to the team gold medal. She ended the year with a win at the São Silvestre da Amadora 10K race on New Year's Eve.

Her 2011 began with a third place finish at the European Cross Country Club Championships, hosted at the Cinque Mulini, where her club, Maratona Clube de Portugal, came second in the women's team race. She came seventh over 1500 meters at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships and was twentieth in the senior race at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships later that year. After fellow Portuguese Augusto dropped out of the European Cup 10000 meters, she took on the favourite role and won the title, five seconds clear of Christelle Daunay. In 2011 Sara Moreira tested positive for the prohibited stimulant, methylhexaneamine at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Her result was annulled and she was banned for six months. She won the Douro Valley Half Marathon in May then the European Cup 10000m title in June.

Sara's profile at: International Association of Athletics Federations

source: www.wikipedia.org


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