Ronaldo da Costa

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


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. During his record run Da Costa also was the first man to officially reach the 40 km mark under two hours. He arrived at the 40K split in 1:59:55.[2]

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.
  2. ^ "2019 Dubai Marathon Statistical Information - Track & Field News" (PDF). Retrieved 1 October 2020.

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Preceded by Men's Marathon World Record Holder
September 20, 1998 – October 24, 1999
Succeeded by