Marilson GOMES DOS SANTOS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Brazil Brazil
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    06 AUG 1977
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    138128
Marilson dos Santos (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:50.02 Sao Caetano (BRA) 31 MAY 2003
5000 Metres 13:19.43 Kassel (GER) 08 JUN 2006 AR
10,000 Metres 27:28.12 Neerpelt (BEL) 02 JUN 2007 AR
5 Kilometres 13:55 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007
10 Kilometres 27:48 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007 AR
15 Kilometres 42:15 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007 AR
10 Miles Road 47:39 Vitoria (ESP) 20 AUG 2006
20 Kilometres 56:32 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007 AR
Half Marathon 59:33 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007 AR
Marathon 2:06:34 London (GBR) 17 APR 2011

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Half Marathon 1:04:42 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 JUL 2016
Marathon 2:19:09 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 21 AUG 2016

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003 3:50.02 Sao Caetano (BRA) 31 MAY 2003

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 13:47.22 Sao Paulo (BRA) 16 MAR 2013
2010 13:34.92 San Fernando (ESP) 04 JUN 2010
2009 13:34.79 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 07 JUN 2009
2008 13:35.71 Praia Grande (BRA) 26 APR 2008
2007 13:22.11 Kassel (GER) 06 JUN 2007
2006 13:19.43 Kassel (GER) 08 JUN 2006
2005 13:53.60 Sao Paulo (BRA) 19 JUN 2005
2004 13:48.07 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 JUN 2004
2003 13:48.52 Sao Paulo (BRA) 14 JUN 2003
2002 14:00.68 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 29 SEP 2002
2001 14:03.47 Americana (BRA) 16 JUN 2001
2000 13:52.19 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 06 AUG 2000
1999 14:05.35 Sao Paulo (BRA) 13 JUN 1999
1997 14:16.48 Catania (ITA) 28 AUG 1997
1996 14:30.99 Sydney (AUS) 23 AUG 1996

Outdoor

5 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 13:55 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 29:00.74 Sao Bernardo do Campo (BRA) 15 MAR 2015
2014 29:05.33 Sao Paulo (BRA) 08 MAR 2014
2013 28:24.20 Piracicaba (BRA) 26 APR 2013
2012 29:55.66 Sao Paulo (BRA) 18 MAY 2012
2011 28:29.04 Sao Paulo (BRA) 20 MAY 2011
2010 28:44.59 Sao Paulo (BRA) 15 SEP 2010
2009 27:58.83 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 04 JUN 2009
2008 27:35.05 Neerpelt (BEL) 31 MAY 2008
2007 27:28.12 Neerpelt (BEL) 02 JUN 2007
2006 27:48.49 Neerpelt (BEL) 05 JUN 2006
2005 29:05.42 Sao Paulo (BRA) 28 OCT 2005
2004 28:21.38 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 JUN 2004
2003 28:22.58 Americana (BRA) 28 MAR 2003
2002 28:34.59 Sao Paulo (BRA) 18 AUG 2002
2001 29:02.89 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 19 JUL 2001
2000 28:39.87 Cubatao (BRA) 08 APR 2000

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2011 27:59 Santos (BRA) 15 MAY 2011
2010 28:17 Santos (BRA) 16 MAY 2010
2009 28:16 Santos (BRA) 17 MAY 2009
2008 28:31 New York, NY (USA) 17 MAY 2008
2007 27:48 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007
2006 28:13 Maldonado (URU) 06 JAN 2006
2005 28:30 Santos (BRA) 15 MAY 2005
2004 28:21 San Juan (PUR) 29 FEB 2004
2003 28:18 Santos (BRA) 25 MAY 2003
2001 29:47 Brasilia (BRA) 06 JAN 2001

Outdoor

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2011 45:06 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2011
2010 44:04 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2010
2007 42:15 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007
2005 44:21 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2005
2003 43:49 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2003
2002 45:06 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2002
2001 44:43 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2001
2000 45:06 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2000
1999 44:57 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 1999

Outdoor

20 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 56:32 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2016 1:04:42 Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 JUL 2016
2013 1:05:36 Medellín (COL) 08 SEP 2013
2012 1:01:46 Sao Paulo (BRA) 04 MAR 2012
2011 1:01:13 Buenos Aires (ARG) 11 SEP 2011
2010 1:02:57 New York, NY (USA) 21 MAR 2010
2009 1:02:41 Birmingham (GBR) 11 OCT 2009
2008 1:03:14 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 12 OCT 2008
2007 59:33 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007
2004 1:03:58 Medellín (COL) 12 SEP 2004
2002 1:03:27 Santo André (POR) 07 APR 2002
2000 1:02:12 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 20 AUG 2000
1999 1:04:05 Palma de Mallorca (ESP) 11 JUL 1999

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2016 2:19:09 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 21 AUG 2016
2015 2:11:00 Hamburg (GER) 26 APR 2015
2013 2:09:24 Berlin (GER) 29 SEP 2013
2012 2:08:03 London (GBR) 22 APR 2012
2011 2:06:34 London (GBR) 17 APR 2011
2010 2:08:46 London (GBR) 25 APR 2010
2009 2:15:13 Berlin (GER) 22 AUG 2009
2008 2:08:43 New York, NY (USA) 02 NOV 2008
2007 2:08:37 London (GBR) 22 APR 2007
2006 2:09:58 New York, NY (USA) 05 NOV 2006
2005 2:13:40 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2004 2:08:48 Chicago, IL (USA) 10 OCT 2004

Outdoor

10 Miles Road

Performance Place Date
2010 47:45 Vitoria (BRA) 15 AUG 2010
2006 47:39 Vitoria (ESP) 20 AUG 2006
2004 47:53 Vitoria (ESP) 15 AUG 2004

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Marathon 2:11:10 London (GBR) 12 AUG 2012

Honours - World Half Marathon Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. Half Marathon 59:33 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007
8. Half Marathon 1:03:14 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 12 OCT 2008

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 5000 Metres 13:47.15 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - South American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:52.15 Barquisimeto (VEN) 20 JUN 2003

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 29:00.64 Guadalajara (MEX) 27 OCT 2011
2. 10,000 Metres 28:09.30 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 27 JUL 2007
2. 10,000 Metres 28:49.48 Santo Domingo (DOM) 07 AUG 2003
3. 5000 Metres 13:30.68 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 23 JUL 2007
3. 5000 Metres 13:56.90 Santo Domingo (DOM) 05 AUG 2003

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:42.88 Ponce (PUR) 26 MAY 2006
2. 5000 Metres 13:34.92 San Fernando (ESP) 04 JUN 2010
2. 10,000 Metres 28:58.74 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 21 MAY 2000

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Half Marathon 1:04:05 Palma de Mallorca (ESP) 11 JUL 1999

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 28:37.71 Sao Paulo (BRA) 06 JUN 2013
1. 5000 Metres 13:34.79 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 07 JUN 2009
1. 10,000 Metres 27:58.83 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 04 JUN 2009
1. 10,000 Metres 29:24.61 Sao Paulo (BRA) 25 JUN 2008
1. 5000 Metres 13:43.41 Sao Paulo (BRA) 24 JUN 2007
1. 10,000 Metres 29:08.21 Sao Paulo (BRA) 20 JUN 2007
1. 10,000 Metres 28:28.14 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 30 MAR 2007
1. 10,000 Metres 29:07.54 Sao Paulo (BRA) 21 SEP 2006
1. 10,000 Metres 28:21.38 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 JUN 2004
1. 5000 Metres 13:48.52 Sao Paulo (BRA) 14 JUN 2003
1. 10,000 Metres 28:35.67 Sao Paulo (BRA) 12 JUN 2003
Results in:

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
31 JUL 2016 Sao Paulo Half Marathon BRABRA E F 1. 1:04:42

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 MAY 2016 Praha Marathon CZECZE A F DNF
21 AUG 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games BRABRA OW F 59. 2:19:09


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Updated 18 March 2008

Marilson Gomes DOS SANTOS, Brazil  

(5000m, 10,000m, Half Marathon,
Marathon, Cross Country)

Born 6 August 1977, Brasilia, Brazil

Lives in Geralmenta

Coach: Adauto Domingues


Marilson Gomes dos Santos is currently the best South American distance runner and he became a celebrity in his country after winning the 2006 New York City Marathon. His success follows that of Brazilian predecessors such as Ronaldo da Costa (former marathon world record holder) and Vanderlei Cordero de Lima (2004 Olympic marathon bronze medallist).

But Dos Santos stands out not only in road races but also on the track. In the last two seasons, he has broken the 5000 and 10,000m South American records, both having lasted more than a decade.

Coming to athletics when he was 15-years-old, Dos Santos reflected: “I started running as a hobby, without the slightest intention of taking it seriously. But things began evolving and the results appeared after that.” As he was born to a humble family, he found that income from athletics could improve his family’s quality of life. “I decided to go out in front and I became a top level athlete, trying always to perform at my best in each event”, he said.

Because of his physique, Dos Santos decided at once to train for long distances and he attained good results as a junior, qualifying for the 1996 World Junior Championships in Sydney, finishing 11th in his heat of the 5,000m (14:30.99). Despite his fine performances in Brazil, when he began to compete as a senior he could not take part in international races as he did not receive enough economic support.

Dos Santos was good on the track but he was drawn into road races, where he could make more money. With this came greater personal happiness and recognition from the public. He stood out in Sao Silvestre, which is the most popular competition in Brazil. It takes place every 31 December in Sao Paulo, where more than 15,000 people run 15km across the city. Dos Santos was 2nd in 2002 and victorious in 2003 and 2005. As a result, a lot of fans began to follow him.

Yet, life seems not to be easy for the South American athlete. Dos Santos is used to training by himself since there aren’t many other athletes who can equal his marks in Brazil. On one hand, that appears not to be a benefit to him, but on the other hand, he doesn’t depend on pacemakers during races and can focus simply on competition.

Dos Santos is married to Juliana Paula Santos de Azevedo, an 800 and 1500m runner, who is six years younger than him. “I sometimes share the training sessions with my wife; but our disciplines are so different that the training routines are generally dissimilar too,” he explained.

In 2004, Dos Santos made his marathon debut in Paris, finishing 6th (2:12.22). A few months later, he was 6th in Chicago but improved to 2:08.46. He finished 10th in the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki, before making a big impression on the 37th edition of the New York City Marathon in 2006.

Even though he had trained hard for that competition, Dos Santos was not one of the favourites. But he prevailed to become the first South American athlete, man or woman, to win the race. His victory was even more unexpected as the field included Paul Tergat, the title defender and world record holder at the time, and Italian Stefano Baldini, the Olympic champion.

“I’m so happy to have won New York Marathon,” Dos Santos said. “That race is the best one among the best ones. There were a few great runners, but I was one of them. You need courage to come first, and today I had a lot of courage to go ahead and win the race.” His victory, though, was overshadowed in the media which focused more on Lance Armstrong’s victory. But, on a happier note, the $130,000 was his biggest prize in return for having decided to be a professional distance runner.

“My victory did not surprise me because I knew about my physical condition and how well I had prepared myself for the race,” Dos Santos added. “My only fear was the weather because in Brazil it’s very hot. As it turned out, I did not have any problems with the weather, maybe because I protected myself with gloves and a hat that in Brazil I don’t have to use.” He wore black gloves and sleeves up over his biceps, a black cap, and yellow tank top.

Once he was back in Brazil, Dos Santos was invited onto a lot of TV programmes and many media chose him as the best sportsman of the year. Lula da Silva, president of Brazil, gave him a medal in order to commemorate his achievement. “Wherever I go in Brazil, there’s always someone who recognises me on the streets and asks me for my autograph,” he added. “In my country, the sport is growing in popularity.”

During holidays, Dos Santos likes spending some time with his family, travelling abroad and attending parties with his wife. Besides, like every Brazilian citizen, he loves going to the beach.

On the track in 2007, Dos Santos focused on the Rio de Janeiro Pan American Games. Four years before, in Santo Domingo, he had won the silver medal at 10,000m and the bronze at 5000m. Therefore, this time he wanted to win both titles. Yet, he achieved the same medals as in 2003.

In the “Nacht van de Euregio” meeting in Neerpelt, Belgium, he was 4th at 10,000m but broke the South American record with 27:28.12, defeating Argentine Antonio Silio’s mark (27:38.72 in 1994). Moreover, he was happy to have shared the event with his wife who achieved her PB 1500m. Since then, they have tried to travel together so as not to spend much time separated from each other.

Also in 2007 Dos Santos was 7th in World Road Running Championships, in Udine, Italy, where he broke the South America half marathon record with 59:33. In addition, he set South American best marks in 10km, 15km and 20km during the race. In the London Marathon earlier in the year he had improved his PB to 2:08:37 but, defending his title, he managed only 8th place in New York.

In 2008 Dos Santos won the South American Cross Championships over 12km in Asunción, Paraguay, and now he dreams of winning a medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. Although an outsider for the podium, he just may cause a surprise.


Personal Bests

5000m: 13:19.43, AR (2006)
10,000m: 27:28.12, AR (2007)
10km: 27:48, AR (2007)
15km: 42:15, AR (2007)
20km: 56:32, AR (2007)
Half Marathon: 59:33, AR (2007)
25km: 1:15:38 (2004)
30km: 1:30:37 (2004)
Marathon: 2:08:37 (2007)


Yearly Progression

5,000m: 1996: 14:18.3; 1997: 14:08.1; 1998: 14:20.08; 1999: 13:54.14; 2000: 13:52.19; 2001: 14:03.47; 2002: 14:00.68; 2003: 13:48.52; 2004: 13:48.07; 2005: 13:40.8; 2006: 13:19.43 (AR); 2007: 13:22.11

10,000m: 1996: 29:52.5; 1997: 29:30.41; 1998: 29:12.05; 1999: 28:54.9; 2000: 28:38.87; 2001: 29:02.89; 2002: 28:34.59; 2003: 28:22.58; 2004: 28:21.38; 2005: 29:05.42; 2006: 27:48.49; 2007: 27:28.12 (AR)


Career Highlights

Track

1995 2nd South American Junior Championships (Santiago) 14:36.88
1996 2nd South American Junior Championships (Bucaramanga) 14:48.3
           11th (heat) World Junior Championships (Sydney)  14:30.99
2003 1st South American Championships (Barquisimeto)  13:52.15
 2nd Pan American Games (Santo Domingo)   28:22.58
 3rd Pan American Games (Santo Domingo)   13:56.90
2006 1st Ibero-American Championships (Ponce)   13:42.88
 5th World Cup (Athens)      13:47.15
2007 2nd Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro)   28:09.30
 3rd Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro)   13:30.68

Cross country & Road

1996 2nd South American Junior Cross Championships (Asunción)
1997 1st World University Games (Sicilia), half marathon  1:03:32
1999 1st World University Games (Palma Mallorca), half marath. 1:04:05
2000 2nd Half Marathon Rio de Janeiro     1:02:12
2002 2nd Half Marathon Rio de Janeiro     1:03:35
 2nd Sao Silvestre (São Paulo)        45:06
2003 1s Sao Silvestre (São Paulo)        43:49
2004 1st Half Marathon Medellín      1:03:56
2005 1st Sao Silvestre (Sao Paulo)        44:21
2007 7th World Road Championships (Udine), half marathon 59:33AR
2008 1st South American Cross Championships (Asunción)

Marathon

2004 6th Paris Marathon    2:12:22
 6th Chicago Marathon   2:08:46
2005 10th World Championships (Helsinki) 2:13:40
2006 1st New York City Marathon  2:09:58
2007 8th London Marathon   2:08:37
 8th New York City Marathon  2:13:47

 

Prepared by Víctor Pochat for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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