Aurora Cunha

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Aurora Cunha (born May 31, 1959 in Ronfe, near Guimarães) is a retired long-distance runner from Portugal, living in Póvoa de Varzim. From 1984-1992 she represented her native country in three consecutive Olympic Games. Cunha's greatest successes were in road running, at which she was a three-time World Champion. She also won several marathons during her career, including Paris (1988), Tokyo (1988), Chicago (1990) and Rotterdam (1992).

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Portugal
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 8th 3000 m 9:12.86
1983 Ibero-American Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 1500m 4:15.55
1st 3000m 9:14.10
1984 World Road Race Championships Madrid, Spain 1st 10 km 33:04
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 6th 3000 m 8:46.37
1985 World Road Race Championships Gateshead, England 1st 15 km 49:17
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 6th 3000 m 9:10.50
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 4th 10,000 m 31:39.35
World Road Race Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 15 km 48:31
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 17th 10,000 m 32:44.42
1988 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:34:56
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea Marathon DNF
Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:31:26
1989 London Marathon London, England 3rd Marathon 2:28:11
World Road Race Championships San Diego, United States 3rd 15 km 50:06
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 9th 10,000 m 32:15.83
World Road Race Championships Dublin, Ireland 5th 15 km 50:27
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:30:11
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF
1992 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:29:14
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain Marathon DNF