Vanessa Fernandes

  • Portugal
  • Born: 1985
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Podiums
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Biography

When Fernanda Ribeiro won the women’s 10,000-meter gold medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, she not only added to Portugal’s medal count, she also inspired a young girl to do the same. That girl was Vanessa Fernandes and from that moment on, Fernandes knew she wanted to win a medal for her country. In 2008, that dream became a reality as Fernandes claimed a silver in the triathlon event at the Beijing Olympics.

Fernandes was born on September 14, 1985, in Perosinho, Portugal to Venceslau Fernandes, a former professional cyclist and winner of the 1984 Volta a Portugal. Venceslau Fernandes introduced triathlon to his daughter in 1999, when she was only 14.

Fernandes started by competing for her local triathlon club and then moved on to racing for Belenenses, a Portuguese sports club, where she became an Under23 World Champion. She won her first World Cup one week after her 18th birthday, in September 2003. Since her early start, Fernandes has cemented her legacy as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Fernandes holds a record 20 World Cup wins – more than any other male or female in 25 years of ITU racing - an Olympic silver medal and a World Championship.

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DNF
2011 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup
09 Oct, 2011 - Elite Women - 00:00:00
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2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series Yokohama
19 Sep, 2011 - Elite Women - 02:02:28
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2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series Madrid
05 Jun, 2010 - Elite Women - 02:08:08
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2010 Quarteira ITU Triathlon European Cup
11 Apr, 2010 - Elite Women - 02:03:45
DNF
2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast
09 Sep, 2009 - Elite Women - 00:00:00
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2008 Beijing Olympic Games
2008-08-18 - Elite Women - 01:59:33
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2004 Athens Olympic Games
2004-08-25 - Elite Women - 02:06:13
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Athlete Fact Sheet
Given Name Vanessa
Family Name Fernandes
Representing POR
Year of Birth 1985
Place of Birth Perosinho, Portugal
Residence Oeiras, Portugal
Coach Sergio Santos, Antonio Jourdan
Sponsors Nike, Litespeed bicycles
Hobbies Beach
Vanessa's next event
03 - 04 Mar, 2017
2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates • Start List
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