Enezaide do Rosário da Vera Cruz Gomes, OIH (born 20 November 1979) is a former Portuguese heptathlete and long jumper, born in São Tomé and Príncipe. She also competed in 100 metres hurdles at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She represented Sporting Clube de Portugal.
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.
She gained Portuguese citizenship in 2001, and has since represented Portugal at major international events.
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 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.
|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|
|2002||European Indoor Championships||Vienna, Austria||2nd||Pentathlon||4595 pts|
|European Championships||Munich, Germany||10th||Long jump||6.23 m|
|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|
|Universiade||?zmir, 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. 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 Athletics, either as a coach or as physioterapist. She also announced she's expecting her first child.
Naide Gomes announces the end of career
Naide Gomes announces end of career
Naide Gomes announces end of career and reveals to be pregnant