Portuguese Athletes Dominate Podium on Opening Day of Reims 2024

The 2024 Virtus World and European Indoor Athletics Championship kicked off today in the picturesque city of Reims, France, with an electrifying display of athleticism.

On the opening day, athletes representing Portugal dominated the competition, securing three out of the ten titles up for grabs.

Paralympic Bronze medallist and Virtus ambassador, Lenine Cunha, soared to victory in the Men’s II1 Triple jump, outperforming contenders Matheo Jean Gilbert and Johan Roigt of France.

Athletes in action at Reims 2024. Photo Credit: Geoffrey Wahlen/FFSA

In the II1 Men’s 60m event, Igor Oliveira blazed to the gold medal, leaving competitors Joel Reinoldsson of Sweden and Haroun Khalifa of France in his wake.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s II1 category, Ana Filipe clinched the gold medal by outshining Esra Bayrak of Turkey and Olha Zazuliak of Ukraine, who settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Ukrainian athletes, Yuliia Shuliar and Mikhail Bilenko, showcased their prowess by claiming gold in the Women’s II1 60m and Pentathlon events.

French contender Nicolas Virapin demonstrated his dominance with a double victory, securing gold in both the II2 Long Jump and Triathlon events.

Not to be outdone, Bulgarian athlete Aleksandar Asenov (II2) asserted his dominance with two title wins today in the Shot put and 60m events.

Fatma Damla Altin (TUR) clinched Turkey’s first gold medal in the Pentathlon event.

Full results can be accessed from the Virtus website.