Ronaldo da Costa

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Ronaldo da Costa (born June 7, 1970 in Descoberto, Brazil) is a former long-distance runner and world-record holder for the marathon distance.


Da Costa broke the ten-year-old marathon world record in 1998 in Berlin, having been fifth-placed in the previous year. The record had been held by Belayneh Densamo from Ethiopia at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 1988.[1] The record fell in the following year, almost eleven months later.

The youngest of eleven children, Da Costa became a national hero after winning the internationally competed São Silvestre Brazilian road race (15 km) in 1994. The same year he won the 5,000 m in the Ibero-American Championships entered by south-western European, Central and Southern American countries. From 1997, aged 27, until 2003 Da Costa achieved top-20 results in four marathons, however unlike most marathon record holders, did not win any international marathons apart from his world-record-breaking run.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Brazil
1994 World Half Marathon Championships Oslo, Norway 3rd Half marathon 60:00.54
Ibero-American Championships Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st 5000m 13:47.99
2nd 10,000m 28:18.26
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 7th 5000 m 14:01.47
3rd 10,000 m 29:07.68
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia 16th 10,000 m 29:26.58
1997 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 5th Marathon 2:09:07
1998 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st Marathon 2:06:05
World Half Marathon Championships Uster, Switzerland 12th Half marathon 61:04.54
1999 London Marathon London, England 17th Marathon 2:14:10
2002 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 16th Marathon 2:12:52
2003 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 17th Marathon 2:20:57


  1. ^ IAAF All Time Marathon List Retrieved 18 May 2010.

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Preceded by
Ethiopia Belayneh Dinsamo
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
September 20, 1998 – October 24, 1999
Succeeded by
Morocco Khalid Khannouchi