21 May 2022, 15h27
Fernando Pimenta, who led the entire race and finished with a time of 3:24.44 minutes, ahead of Australia's Thomas Green and Germany's Jacob Schopf, was in great shape.
"I am not yet in my best shape, but I am getting better and better. I have improved and I think we did a good display for the canoeing enthusiasts. After the bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, I feel I have no more pressure. I only need one gold medal, I already have bronze and silver. I'm going to work for it.", said the Benfica athlete.
Teresa Portela won the bronze medal after covering the 500 meters in K1 with a time of 1:49.86 minutes, 2.45 seconds more than the winner.
Benfica medal winners!
Chasing dreams in the Olympics
Teresa Portela, João Ribeiro, Messias Baptista and Fernando Pimenta are the four Benfica canoeists who are part of the Portuguese delegation that will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The athletes left for Japan with expectations of achieving good results.