ENGLAND’S ladies had to overcome a midweek bout of serious food poisoning in their efforts to secure a medal in the World Ladies Championships on Portugal’s Tamega River, but they still managed to secure a valiant bronze medal.
Indeed several of the team were in hospital on drips for a period, and although there was a full squad to pick from come match day, it was hardly an ideal preparation.
Not that they had any chance of winning the gold. On their own water, the Portuguese ladies were in a class of their own, winning all five sections on day two and finishing 14 points clear of silver medallists
Portgual led from the word go, racing into an impressive eight point lead on day one, ahead of
The competition organisers had stemmed the flow of the usually swift
The venue had been specially prepared for the event in a picturesque setting located in the middle of the mountains. The target fish were bogas (Iberian nase, a bit like small barbel), bleak, chub, barbel and sun perch, which were the target species in 1.5 to 3.5 metres of water at 11 metres.
Former World Champion,
But the day belonged to the host country
Portugal were worthy World Champions on their own river claiming a ‘perfect’ score of five points on day two (every team member won her section!) earning them an astonishing total for two days of 14 points – a perfect two-day score in these World Championships is ten.
Only weight difference prevented
The best of British was Wendy Locker who won her section on day one and was third the next day, giving her a total of four points and 3.010kg for an overall placing of eighth.
“We knew it was going to be difficult on this venue and to be fair
TEAMS: 1 Portugal 14 points, 21.795kg: 2 Italy 28 pts, 16.715kg: 3 England 48 pts, 11.720kg: 4 Poland 50 pts, 11.990kg 5 Croatia 68 pts, 9.750kg; 6 France 70 pts, 8.460kg: 7 Serbia & Montenegro 75pts 7.705kg: 8 Hungary 87 pts, 7.340 kg: 9 Luxemburg 90 pts, 6.920 kg: 10 Czech Republic 93 pts, 6.955 kg: 11 Germany 100 pts, 6.190 kg: 12 South Africa, 101 pts, 5.890 kg: 13 Finland 102 pts, 5.335 kg: 14 Bosnia & Hercegovina 124 pts, 3.515 kg.
INDIVIDUALS: 1 Fatima Ferreira, Portugal, 2 pts, 5.525 kg: 2 Virginia Ferreira, Portugal, 2 pts, 5.120 kg: 3 Franca Tagliaferri, Italy, 3 pts, 4.415 kg: 4 Ana Simoes, Portugal, 3 pts, 3.585 kg: 5 Paula Barras, Portugal, 3 pts, 3.085 kg: 6 Teresa Carvalho, Portugal, 4 pts, 4.480 kg: 7 Stefania Conforto, Italy, 4 pts, 3.710 kg: 8 Wendy Locker, England, 4 pts, 3.010 kg:
White Acres/NFA Team