Ronaldo da Costa

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Ronaldo da Costa (born June 7, 1970 in Descoberto, Brazil) broke the ten-year-old marathon world record in 1998 in Berlin. The record was previously held by Belayneh Densamo from Ethiopia at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, 1988.[1]

The youngest of eleven children, Da Costa became a national hero after winning the traditional São Silvestre Brazilian road race (15 km) in 1994.

10,000 metres
26th Olympic Games 16h1 29:26.58 Atlanta, GA 26 JUL 1996
7th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 12 1:01:40 Uster 27 SEP 1998
3rd IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 3 1:00:54 Oslo 24 SEP 1994


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Brazil
1994 World Half Marathon Championships Oslo 3rd Half marathon 60:00.54
Ibero-American Championships Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st 5000m 13:47.99
2nd 10,000m 28:18.26
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 3rd 10,000 m 29:07.68
Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia 16th 10,000 m 29:26.58
1997 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 5th Marathon 2:09:07
1998 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st Marathon 2:06:05
World Half Marathon Championships Uster 12th Half marathon 61:04.54
2002 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 16th Marathon 2:12:52
2003 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 17th Marathon 2:20:57


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Preceded by
Ethiopia Belayneh Dinsamo
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
September 20, 1998 – October 24, 1999
Succeeded by
Morocco Khalid Khannouchi