António Leitão

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António Leitão
Personal information
Full name António Carlos Carvalho Nogueira Leitão
Nationality Portuguese
Born 22 July 1960
Espinho, Portugal
Died 18 March 2012(2012-03-18) (aged 51)
Porto, Portugal
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Country  Portugal
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Track
Club Benfica

António Carlos Carvalho Nogueira Leitão, OIH[1] (22 July 1960 – 18 March 2012) was a Portuguese athlete who mainly competed in the long distance events.


Born in Espinho, Leitão competed for Portugal at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, where he won the bronze medal in the men's 5.000 metres event. Following this result, he was viewed as one of the most promising athletes in his specialty; however, several injuries prevented him from participating in any further Olympic Games. He also competed for Portuguese club Benfica.[2][3]


Leitão died in Porto from complications due to its suffering from hemochromatosis.[4] Following his death, the Corrida António Leitão was created, which is an annual athletics competition in Lisbon organized by Benfica.



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