Rosângela Santos

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Rosângela Santos
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Rosângela Santos at the 2015 Military World Games
Personal information
Full nameRosângela Cristina (de) Oliveira Santos
Nationality Brazil
Born (1990-12-20) December 20, 1990 (age 28)
Washington, DC, USA
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Event(s)100 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m: 10.91s (2017)
200m: 22.77s (2015)
Updated on 8 October 2015.

Rosângela Cristina Oliveira Santos (born December 20, 1990) is an American born track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Brazil.[1]


Santos represented Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 4x100 metres relay together with Lucimar de Moura, Thaissa Presti and Rosemar Coelho Neto. In their first round heat they placed third behind Belgium and Great Britain, but in front of Nigeria. Their time of 43.38 seconds was the fifth time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result they qualified for the final in which they sprinted to a time of 43.14 seconds and the fourth place behind Nigeria, missing out on the bronze medal with 0.10 seconds.[1] However, in 2016, the IOC stripped Russia of its Gold Medal due to doping, meaning Rosângela and her teammates inherited the bronze medal.[2]

At Daegu 2011, Rosângela Santos went to the 4 × 100 m final, ranking eighth - with a new South American record (42.92) at the preliminary.

Integrating the delegation that disputed the 2011 Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, she won the gold medal in the 100m, beating her personal record with a time of 11.22 seconds. She was only the second Brazilian in history to win this race in Pan Am Games.[3] She also won the 4x100 meters relay alongside Vanda Gomes, Franciela Krasucki and Ana Claudia Lemos, with a time of 42.85, breaking the South American record.[4]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Rosângela went to the semifinals of the 100m, with a mark of 11.07 s, which just was not approved as a South American record due to +2,2 wind (the maximum allowed for approval of record is +2.0).[5] In the semifinal, she came in 3rd place in her battery (losing to Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who advanced to the final, and won silver and bronze medals), obtaining the 11.17 mark, ranking 12th overall. She was the first Brazilian woman to achieve Olympic spot in the semifinals of this test.[6]

Still in London, the Brazilian 4 × 100 m relay women team, composed by Ana Cláudia Lemos, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos and Rosângela Santos broke the South American record in the qualifying of the race, with a time of 42.55, and went to the final in sixth place.[7] In the final, the Brazilian relay did 42.91 and finished 7th.[8]

At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, the team composed by Ana Cláudia Lemos, Evelyn dos Santos, Franciela Krasucki and Rosângela Santos broke the South American record in the semifinals of the women's 4 × 100 m metres relay, with a time of 42.29 seconds.[8] But, strangely and without official explanation, the CBAT (Brazilian Athletics Confederation) held a bizarre athlete change to the final, putting Vanda Gomes (who had never run the relay) instead of Rosângela Santos, to close the race. In the final, Brazil came second, almost tied with Jamaica and with great possibility to win the silver medal, and knock the South American record when, at the last bat exchange, Vanda, who had been placed "in fire" in a World Championships final and without sufficient training to receive the baton, eventually leaving the baton fall.[9]

At the 2017 World Championships in London, Rosângela became the first Brazilian female sprinter ever to race 100 m in less than 11 seconds, clocking 10.91 in the semifinal to bag a new national and South American record to the distance.[10] She placed 7th in the finals.[11]

She has dual citizenship, American and Brazilian.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Brazil
2006 South American Youth Championships Caracas, Venezuela 2nd 100 m 11.95 (+0.4 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m relay 46.20
1st 1000 m medley relay 2:12.03
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 4th 100 m 11.63 (-0.6 m/s)
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 44.61
South American U23 Championships Lima, Perú 1st 100 m 11.91 (-2.5 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m relay 45.76
Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 43.14
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 12th (sf) 100 m 11.07
13th (sf) 200 m 22.87
9th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 43.15
Military World Games Mungyeong, South Korea 1st 100 m 11.17 GR
3rd 200 m 23.38
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.87
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 11th (sf) 60 m 7.20
Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 100 m 11.24
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 18th (sf) 100 m 11.23
4 × 100 m relay DQ
2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 8th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 44.201
South American Championships Asunción, Paraguay 2nd (h) 100 m 11.08 (w)2
6th (h) 200 m 23.39 (w)3
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.12
World Championships London, United Kingdom 7th 100 m 11.06
20th (h) 200 m 23.344
7th 4 × 100 m relay 42.63
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 24th (h) 60 m 7.32
South American Games Cochabamba, Bolivia 6th 100 m 11.39
Ibero-American Championships Trujillo, Peru 3rd 100 m 11.44
2nd 200 m 23.92
2019 Pan American Games Lima, Peru 1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.04
World Championships Doha, Qatar 26th (h) 100 m 11.32
4 × 100 m relay DQ

1Did not finish in the final
2Disqualified in the final
3Did not start in the final
4Disqualified in the semifinals


  1. ^ a b "Athlete biography: Rosangela Santos". Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  2. ^ "IOC strips Russia of gold in 2008 women's relay race".
  3. ^ Rosângela is gold at the 2011 Pan
  4. ^ Brazilians hit national record and win 4x100 relay
  5. ^ Rosângela Santos does best mark of her career and ensures semifinal
  6. ^ Rosângela does best time of her life, but is eliminated in the semis of the 100m
  7. ^ Brazilians are in the final of the 4x100m
  8. ^ a b With a South American record, Brasil goes to the 4x100 m final
  9. ^ Brazil errs passage, cane falls, and the country says goodbye to the World Championships without podium

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