Carla Sacramento has won medals at a variety of distances but her speciality is the 1500 m. She won the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 1997 in Athens after having won a bronze medal in the 1995 championships.
She won her first national title in 1986 when she was only fifteen years old. She and Fernanda Ribeiro both excelled at a national level as young girls and have dominated Portuguese middle and long distance running since. Sacramento has run under 2 minutes for 800 m and 4 minutes for 1500 m many times, both of which marks are thought of as benchmarks of world class running.
Sacramento competes for the Portuguese club Maratona Clube de Portugal but lives in Madrid. Her family is of Sao Tome origin. A track was named in her honour in Portugal.
1994 800 m European Indoor Championships BRONZE MEDAL
1994 800 m European Championships 6th
1994 1500 m European Championships 6th
1995 1500 m World Indoor Championships SILVER MEDAL
1995 1500 m World Championships BRONZE MEDAL
1996 1500 m Olympic Games 6th
1997 1500 m World Championships GOLD MEDAL
1998 1500 m European Championships SILVER MEDAL
1999 1500 m World Championships 5th
2000 1500 m Olympic Games 11th
2001 1500 m World Indoor Championships 4th
2002 3000 m European Indoor Championships SILVER MEDAL
2002 1500 m European Championships 12th
2003 1500 m World Championships Semi Final
2004 1500 m Olympic Games Semi Final
In addition, she has won medals at World Student Games, Iberoamerican Championships, reached the finals of both World and European Junior Championships and finished in the top ten at the World Cross Country Championships