Domingos Castro

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Domingos Castro
Personal information
Full name Domingos Silva Castro
Nationality Portuguese
Born (1963-11-22) 22 November 1963 (age 53)
Guimarães, Portugal

Domingos Silva Castro (born 22 November 1963 in Fermentões-Guimarães) is a former long-distance runner from Portugal, who was one of the leading athletes in the longer events during the late 1980s, early 1990s. He won the silver medal in the 5,000 metres at the 1987 World Championships. As a marathoner, he won the 1995 edition of the Paris Marathon, clocking 2:10:06, and the Rotterdam Marathon of 1997, in his personal best of 2:07:51. He won the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños four times in his career – more than any other athlete.[1]

At the 1988 Olympic Games, he ran the 5,000m and, as the race unfolded, Kenyan athlete John Ngugi made a substantial leading break. Castro made a brave attempt to chase him and for several laps held on to the silver medal position. In the last lap however, Castro's form started to fade, and in the last 30 metres, West German Dieter Baumann and East German Hansjörg Kunze sprinted past him, taking silver and bronze respectively, robbing a distraught Castro of a reward for his brave run.

His twin brother Dionísio was also a world class athlete in the long-distance events. The two of them represented their native country at the 1988 (Seoul, South Korea) and 1992 Summer Olympics (Barcelona, Spain). Domingos also competed in the 1996 (Atlanta, United States) and 2000 Summer Olympics (Sydney, Australia).


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Portugal
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th 5000m 13:42.09
17th 10,000m 28:33.89
1995 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:10:06
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 25th Marathon 2:18:03
1997 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:07:51
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 18th Marathon 2:16:52


  1. ^ Podium Cross Internacional Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (List of medallists). Venta de Baños. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.

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