Marílson Gomes dos Santos

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Marílson Gomes dos Santos
Marílson dos Santos Rio2016.jpg
Dos Santos at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1977-08-06) August 6, 1977 (age 42)
Brasília, DF, Brazil[1]
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Country Brazil
Event(s)5000 m, 10,000, half marathon, marathon
ClubBM&F Bovespa[3]
Coached byAdauto Domingues[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5000 m – 13:19.43 (2006)
10,000 m – 27:28.12 (2007)
HM – 59:33 (2007)
Mar – 2:06:34 (2011)[4]
Updated on 14 June 2014.
Dos Santos in 2006

Marílson Gomes dos Santos (born 6 August 1977) is a Brazilian long-distance runner.[5][6] He won the 2006 and 2008 New York City Marathon, becoming the first South American to win the race. He was selected as the best male performer at the 2009 Brazilian national championships after breaking the meet records in both the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres races. He is the current South American record holder in both these events with times of 13:19.43 and 27:28.12, respectively.[7]

He has won medals at the South American Cross Country Championships, starting with a silver in the junior race in 1996, then taking the bronze in the men's long race in 2000,[8] before winning his first championship title in 2008.[9]

He ran at the 2010 London Marathon and came close to a personal best time, finishing in 2:08:46 for sixth place behind Abel Kirui.[10] He signed up for the New York Marathon that year and used the Troféu Brasil de Atletismo (the Brazilian athletics championships) as his preparation, winning the 10,000 m title.[11] He secured his third career win at the Saint Silvester Race in São Paulo at the end of the year – a record number for the competition in the international era.[12]

At the 2011 London Marathon, he set a personal best of 2:06:34 hours and placed fourth in the fast race behind a Kenyan trio of Emmanuel Mutai, Martin Lel and Patrick Makau.[13]

Dos Santos competed in the marathon at the 2008, 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Olympics with the best result of fifth place in 2012.[1][2] He is married to Juliana Paula dos Santos, a fellow runner who won gold medals at the 2007 and 2015 Pan American Games. They have a son Miguel.[3]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Brazil
1995 South American Cross Country Championships (U20) Cali, Colombia 5th 8 km 23:55
World Cross Country Championships (U20) Durham, United Kingdom 88th 8.47 km 27:06
Pan American Athletics Championships Santiago, Chile 5th 5000 m 14:45.87
South American Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 2nd 5000 m 14:36.88
1996 South American Cross Country Championships – (U20) Asunción, Paraguay 2nd 8 km 26:09
World Cross Country Championships (U20) Stellenbosch, South Africa 22nd 8.35 km 26:21
South American Junior Championships Bucaramanga, Colombia 2nd 5000 m 14:48.3
World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 21st (h) 5000m 14:30.99
1997 Universiade Catania, Italy 1st Half marathon 1:03:32
1999 South American Cross Country Championships Artur Nogueira, Brazil 4th 12 km 39:24
World Cross Country Championships Belfast, United Kingdom 84th 12 km 43:28
Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st Half marathon 1:04:05
2000 South American Cross Country Championships Cartagena, Colombia 3rd 12 km 37:59
Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd 10,000 m 28:58.74
2002 Saint Silvester Road Race São Paulo, Brazil 2nd 15 km 45:06
2003 South American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1st 5000 m 13:52.15
Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd 5000 m 13:56.90
2nd 10,000 m 28:49.48
Saint Silvester Road Race São Paulo, Brazil 1st 15 km 43:49
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th Marathon 2:13:40
Saint Silvester Road Race São Paulo, Brazil 1st 15 km 44:19
2006 Ibero-American Championships Ponce, Puerto Rico 1st 5000 m 13:42.88
World Cup Athens, Greece 5th 5000 m 13:47.15
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 1st Marathon 2:09:58
2007 Pan American Games Río de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 5000 m 13:30.68
2nd 10,000 m 28:09.30
World Road Running Championships Udine, Italy 7th Half marathon 59:33
2008 South American Cross Country Championships Asunción, Paraguay 1st 12.0 km 37:28
World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, United Kingdom 53rd 12 km 37:17
Olympic Games Beijing, China Marathon DNF
World Half Marathon Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th Half marathon 1:03:18
South American Half Marathon Championships 1st
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 1st Marathon 2:08:43
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 16th Marathon 2:15:13
World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 17th Half marathon 1:02:41
2010 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:08:46
Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 2nd 5000 m 13:34.92
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 7th Marathon 2:11:51
Saint Silvester Road Race São Paulo, Brazil 1st 15 km 44:07
2011 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 4th Marathon 2:06:34
South American Half Marathon Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st Half marathon 1:01:13
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 1st 10,000 m 29:00.64
2012 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 8th Marathon 2:08:03
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 5th Marathon 2:11:10


  1. ^ a b Marílson dos Santos. Sports reference
  2. ^ a b Marilson dos Santos.
  3. ^ a b c Marílson dos Santos.
  4. ^ Marílson Gomes dos Santos at IAAF
  5. ^ A Equipe – Atletas Masculino – Perfil – Marílson Gomes dos Santos (in Portuguese), Clube de Atletismo BM&F Bovespa, retrieved June 13, 2014
  6. ^ Biography – SANTOS Marilson, retrieved June 14, 2014
  7. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-06-08). Murer vaults to world leading 4.82m at Brazilian nationals. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
  8. ^ Continental Cross Country Championships and Cups. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-02.
  9. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2008-03-04). Marílson dos Santos on course for Edinburgh – South American XC Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-02.
  10. ^ Brown, Matthew (2010-04-25). Commanding victories for Kebede and Shobukhova – London Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-28.
  11. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2010-09-20). Murer vaults 4.70m at Brazilian championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-22.
  12. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2011-01-01). Dos Santos and Timbilil cruise to Sao Paulo wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-01.
  13. ^ Brown, Matthew (2011-04-17). Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-24.

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