Ana Dulce Félix

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Ana Dulce Félix
Ana Dulce Félix - 2012 Olympic Womens Marathon.jpg
Félix in the Marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London
Personal information
Born (1982-10-23) October 23, 1982 (age 32)
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)
Country  Portugal
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Club Benfica

Ana Dulce Félix (born October 23, 1982) is a Portuguese long distance runner who competes in track, cross country, and road running events.


Born in Azurém, Guimarães Municipality, Portugal, Félix began her career as a junior at the 2000 and 2001 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, although she did not break the top 60 runners on either occasion. She finished 31st at the 2001 European Cross Country Championships.[1]

She was disheartened by her performances at international level and doubted whether she could be a runner of a professional standard. She began working in a low-paid job at a clothes factory but still trained despite the long hours and tiring nature of the work. Another Portuguese runner, Jessica Augusto, urged her quit the job and to focus full-time on her running. She followed the advice and had some success on the national stage in 2007, winning the 10,000 metres Portuguese title.[2] Félix began to establish herself on the international athletics scene the following year: she finished 72nd at the 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, but had a much better outing at the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships where she finished 13th (the second fastest European-born runner after Luminiţa Talpoş).[3]

The 2009 season proved to be a significant progression in her career. At the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships she finished in 15th place to lead the Portuguese women to a team bronze medal.[4] Félix won the Great Ireland Run in April, setting a personal best of 32:18 over the 10 km distance.[5] She won the Göteborgsvarvet half marathon that May and won a bronze medal at the European Cup 10,000m the following month. After a fifth-place finish in the 5000 metres at the 2009 European Team Championships, she was entered into the 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. In the event final she ran a personal best of 31:30.90 for 13th place.[6] After this she enjoyed a successful run of road and cross country competitions: she was third at the Great North Run and second at both the Portugal Half Marathon (setting a half marathon best of 1:10:44) and the Great South Run.

After wins at the Warandeloop and Lotto Cross Cup meeting in West-Vlaanderen, she ran at the 2009 European Cross Country Championships and although she finished sixth, she helped the Portuguese women top the team rankings.[7] She closed the year with wins at the São Silvestre de Lisboa and São Silvestre da Amadora 10 km road races. In 2010, she was third at the Cinque Mulini and became the Portuguese cross country champion at the Almond Blossom Cross Country.[8] She also won the national short course competition as well as the 1500 metres and 3000 metres national club titles.[9] She did not manage to help the women's team for a second time at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships as she pulled out of the competition.[10]

She represented Portugal over 10,000 m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, but she faded in the second half of the race and finished in ninth place. She ran at the Great North Run in September, but again missed out on the top spot, finishing as runner-up behind Berhane Adere.[11] The 2010 European Cross Country Championships were held in Portugal in December and she reached the podium, taking the bronze medal. She also won a team gold alongside the event winner Jessica Augusto.[12]

She led Maratona Clube de Portugal to second in the team rankings at the 2011 European Cross Country Club Championships, hosted at the Cinque Mulini. She was the runner-up in the individual race, just ahead of her club mate Sara Moreira.[13] At the Lisbon Half Marathon in March, she broke the Portuguese record in the half marathon with at time of 1:08:33 hours. She also stated her intention to go one further and focus on bettering Rosa Mota's marathon record.[14] She ran a time of 2:26:30 hours for her debut at the Vienna City Marathon, finishing a few seconds behind the winner Fate Tola.[15] A meet record came at the Austrian Women's Run 5K, where she was almost half a minute ahead of runner-up Augusto.[16]

Félix was the top European performer in the 10,000 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, where she came eighth. She came close to the podium at the 2011 New York City Marathon, taking fourth with a personal best of 2:25:40 hours.[17] She led the Portuguese team at the 2011 European Cross Country Championships and won silver medals both individually and in the national team. At the start of 2012 she managed only seventh at the Lisbon Half Marathon, but came third at the Göteborgsvarvet in May.[18] She then went on to win the women's 10000m at the European athletics championship.

Félix represents Benfica since August 21, 2013.[19][20] On January 12, 2014, Félix won the Portuguese Road Women's Championship again, repeating her achievement of 2013.[21] On March 2, 2014, she won her fifth consecutive title in Portuguese long race cross country, a unique achievement in the women's event.[22] On January 11, 2015, she won the Portuguese Road Women's Championship, for the third time in a row.[23]

Personal bests[edit]

Surface Event Time (h:min:s) Venue Date
Track 1500 m (indoor) 4:14.96 Pombal, Portugal February 13, 2010
3000 m (indoor) 8:56.84 Pombal, Portugal February 14, 2010
5000 m 15:08.02 Stockholm, Sweden July 31, 2009
10,000 m 31:37.03 Daegu, South Korea August 27, 2011
Road 10 km 32:16 Lisbon, Portugal December 27, 2014
15 km 49:15 Lisbon, Portugal January 13, 2013
Half marathon 1:08:33 NR Lisbon, Portugal March 20, 2011
Marathon 2:25:15 London, United Kingdom April 26, 2015
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Ana Dulce Félix profile at IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-14.
  2. ^ Battaglia, Joe (2010-10-31). Dulce Felix working her way to top of marathon world. Universal Sports. Retrieved on 2010-12-14.
  3. ^ Half Marathon - W Final. IAAF (2008-10-12). Retrieved on 2010-04-02.
  4. ^ Official Team Results Senior Race - W. IAAF (2009-03-18). Retrieved on 2010-04-02.
  5. ^ Cullen comes second in Dublin run . BBC Sport (2009-04-05). Retrieved on 2010-04-02.
  6. ^ 10,000 Metres - W Final. IAAF (2009-08-15). Retrieved on 2010-04-02.
  7. ^ Senior Women's Final: Britain's Yelling back with a bang. European Athletics (2009-12-13). Retrieved on 2009-12-19.
  8. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (2010-03-08). Bett and Felix take Almond Blossom XC titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-10.
  9. ^ Calendario e Resultados. Dulce Felix. Retrieved on 2010-04-02.
  10. ^ Senior Race - W Final. IAAF (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
  11. ^ Butcher, Michael (2010-09-19). Gebrselassie and Adere take Great North Run titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-19.
  12. ^ SENIOR WOMEN'S FINAL: Portugal’s Augusto dominates to take gold. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  13. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-02-06). Lamdassem and Bekele are triumphant in the Cinque Mulini. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  14. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2011-03-20). Tadese blazes 58:30 in Lisbon, second fastest Half Marathon ever. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-20.
  15. ^ Kiprotich and Tola the surprise winners in Vienna, Gebrselassie cruises 1:00:18 in the Half Marathon. IAAF (2011-04-17). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  16. ^ Ana Dulce Félix beats course record at Austrian Women's Run . European Athletics (2011-05-22). Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  17. ^ Morse, Parker (2011-11-06). G. Mutai smashes course record, Dado the surprise women's winner in New York. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-08.
  18. ^ May 2012 Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-05-14.
  19. ^ Dulce Félix no Benfica
  20. ^ Dulce Félix reforça Atletismo
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  22. ^ Sandra Henriques (2 March 2014). "Dulce Félix faz história com quinto título consecutivo de corta-mato longo". Portugal: RTP. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Atletismo: SL Benfica sagra-se Tricampeão Nacional de Estrada" [Athletics: SL Benfica becomes Thrice National Champion of Road Running]. (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 

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