Fernando Mamede

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Fernando Mamede
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  Portugal
World Cross Country Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Madrid Long race

Fernando Eugénio Pacheco Mamede, ComM (born 1 November 1951) is a former Portuguese athlete, a long distance running specialist. He was born in Beja. Together with Carlos Lopes, he is one of the best Portuguese male long distance runners ever, and held the 10,000 metres world record (1984-1989) with a time of 27:13.81 until bested by Arturo Barrios of Mexico. However, he never won any high-level competition as he dealt very badly with pressure.

In the European and World Athletics Championships and Olympics where he competed between 1971 and 1984, he either was eliminated from the finals, placed outside the top ten runners in them or dropped out of the final. In the 1983 World Championships in Athletics and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, he ran excellently in the 10,000-metre qualifying heats, but he placed 14th in the World Championships final and failed to finish in the Olympic final.[1]

He remains one of fastest Europeans of all time in the 10,000 metres.[2]

Mamede also competed in cross country running, taking part in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships eleven times. His cross country career was highlighted by a bronze medal at the 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and two wins at the Cross Internacional de Itálica.


  1. ^ See, for example, Wolfgang Wünsche, The Heroes of Racetracks, published in 1984; Matti Hannus, "Thousand Stars of Athletics" / Yleisurheilun tuhat tähteä, published in Finland in 1983; "The Great Olympic Book" / Suuri Olympiakirja, edited by the "Runner" / Juoksija magazine's journalists and published in Finland in 1984; "World Athletics Championships in Helsinki 1983" / Yleisurheilun MM-kisat Helsingissä 1983, edited by the "Runner" / Juoksija magazine's journalists and published in Finland in 1983.
  2. ^ 10,000 Metres All Time. IAAF (2009-08-25). Retrieved on 2010-01-31.

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Preceded by
Kenya Henry Rono
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
July 2, 1984 – August 18, 1989
Succeeded by
Mexico Arturo Barrios
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United Kingdom David Moorcroft
Men's 5000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Morocco Saïd Aouita