Ronaldo da Costa

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Ronaldo da Costa (born June 7, 1970 in Descoberto, Brazil) broke the ten-year-old marathon world record in 1998 in Berlin. The record had been held by Belayneh Densamo from Ethiopia at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 1988.[1]

The youngest of eleven children, Da Costa became a national hero after winning the traditional São Silvestre Brazilian road race (15 km) in 1994.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Brazil
1994 World Half Marathon Championships Oslo 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 3rd 10,000 m 29:07.68
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 12th Half marathon 61:04.54
2002 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 16th Marathon 2:12:52
2003 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 17th Marathon 2:20:57


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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