Naide Gomes

Enezaide[1] do Rosário da Vera Cruz Gomes OIH (born 20 November 1979) is a former Portuguese heptathlete and long jumper. She also competed in 100 metres hurdles at the 2000 Summer Olympics. At club level, she represented Sporting CP.

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Naide Gomes started competing under the flag of her birth country São Tomé and Príncipe and represented it at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, though she has lived in Portugal since she was 11 years old. At the Sydney Olympics, Gomes was the São-Tomé flag carrier in the opening ceremony. Before changing nationality she set the current São Tomé and Príncipe records in 100 metres hurdles, long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, javelin throw and heptathlon.[2]

She gained Portuguese citizenship in 2001,[3] and has since represented Portugal at major international events.

Gomes has won the gold medal for long jump at the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships, raising the national record to 6.89 m.

In Madrid, she became the first Portuguese athlete ever to reach the seven metres distance in the long jump, by jumping 7.01m. In Valencia she won gold at the World Athletics Indoor Championships 2008, by jumping 7.00m.

On 22 July, Naide Gomes was the winner of the IAAF Super Grand Prix DN Galan, Stockholm, Sweden, with a new national record of 7.04 m.

On 29 July, at the IAAF Super Grand Prix Herculis, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, she jumped 7.12 m, a new national record and 2008 world's best mark.

On 19 August, at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China, a top-favorite for the gold medal, in peak physical condition and having dominated the season, Gomes unexpectedly fouled on her first two attempts and then stutter-stepped on her final try jumping a mere 6.29 m, thus failing to qualify to the final.

She won the long jump gold medal at the 2009 Lusophony Games with a jump of 6.74 m.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   São Tomé and Príncipe
1998 Ibero-American Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th High jump 1.75 m
1999 All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 5th Heptathlon 4974 pts
2000 Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Heptathlon 5463 pts
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 36th (h) 100 m H 14.43 s
Representing   Portugal
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd Pentathlon 4595 pts
European Championships Munich, Germany 10th Long jump 6.23 m
18th Heptathlon 5142 pts
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th Pentathlon 4476 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 4th Heptathlon 6120 pts
Universiade Daegu, South Korea 16th (q) Long jump 5.86 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Pentathlon 4759 pts
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 4th Long jump 6.36 m
11th Shot put 13.80 m
11th Javelin throw 38.46 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 13th Heptathlon 6151 pts
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 1st Long jump 6.70 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 17th (q) Long jump 6.42 m
7th Heptathlon 6189 pts
Universiade İzmir, Turkey 2nd Long jump 6.56 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd Long jump 6.76 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd Long jump 6.84 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st Long jump 6.89 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th Long Jump 6.87 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st Long jump 7.00 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 31st (q) Long jump 6.29 m
2009 Lusophony Games Lisbon, Portugal 1st Long jump 6.74 m (w)
European Team Championships Superleague Leiria, Portugal 1st Long jump 6.83 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd Long Jump 6.77 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd Long jump 6.67 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd Long jump 6.92 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd Long jump 6.79 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th Long Jump 6.26 m


On 26 March 2015, Naide Gomes announced her retirement in a special news conference with close friends and the long term coach, at age 35.[5][6] Main reasons appointed the prolonged injuries she is suffering since 2013, that took her away from the tracks, and the need of another surgery. She said to be very proud of her career, after winning 11 international medals, though failing at Olympic level, and wants to continue to be close to athletes, either as a coach or as physiotherapist. She also announced she's expecting her first child.[7]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Enezaide and not Enezenaide as it often appears published. See decree granting Portuguese citizenship to Ms Gomes.
  2. ^ São Tomé and Príncipe athletics records Archived 2007-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The decree granting Portuguese citizenship to Ms Gomes was signed on 4 May 2001 published in the Portuguese official gazette (Diário da República) on 22 May 2001. See here, page 8600, second column. Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2009-07-14). Évora, another title in Lisbon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  5. ^ "Naide Gomes anuncia fim de carreira" (in Portuguese). Noticias ao Minuto. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. Naide Gomes announces the end of career
  6. ^ "Naide Gomes anuncia final de carreira". Diario de Noticias newspaper (in Portuguese). 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. Naide Gomes announces end of career
  7. ^ "Naide Gomes anuncia final de carreira". Rádio Renascença (in Portuguese). 26 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. Naide Gomes announces end of career and reveals to be pregnant
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Lyudmila Kolchanova
Women's Long Jump Best Year Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Brittney Reese
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Sortelina Pires
Flagbearer for   São Tomé and Príncipe
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Yazaldes Nascimento