Fernando Mamede

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Fernando Eugenio Pacheco Mamede (born November 1, 1951 in Beja ) is a former Portuguese long-distance runner who set a world record and two other European records in the 10,000 meter run .


Mamede won his first Portuguese championship title in 1969 with the 4 x 400 meter relay of the Sporting Clube de Portugal . In June 1971, Mamede set the first of his 18 Portuguese records on individual Olympic distances over 800 meters. In August 1971 he improved his 800 meter record in the run-up to the European Championships in Helsinki to 1: 48.4 min, but was eliminated anyway. At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich he competed over 800 meters, 1500 meters and with the 4 x 400 meter relay, but was eliminated in the first round. At the European Championships in Rome in 1974 , Mamede once again improved the Portuguese national record in the 800-meter run and reached the second round. In 1976 Mamede reached the semi-finals over 1500 meters at the Olympic Games in Montreal with a national record in the run-up .

From 1977 Mamede started mainly on the longer routes. So he reached the final over 5000 meters at the European Championships in Prague in 1978 , but only came in fifteenth there. In 1981 Mamede won his first international medal with bronze at the World Cross Country Championships in 1981 , and three years later he also won bronze with the Portuguese team. On May 30, 1981, Mamede set his first European record in Lisbon with 27: 27.7 minutes. On July 9, 1982, Mamede improved this record in Paris to 27: 22.95 minutes. At the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki , Mamede won the first run in 27: 45.54 minutes. The final two days later turned out to be much slower, at the sprint final Mamede could not keep up and finished in 14th place. On July 2, 1984, Mamede again improved his 10,000 meter time in Stockholm and undercut the world record of Henry Rono in 27: 13.81 minutes , whereby the runner-up, Mamedes compatriot Carlos Lopes , also remained below the old world record. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles , Lopes won the marathon and became the first Portuguese Olympic champion; Mamede was the first to qualify for the final over 10,000 meters, but gave up there.

In the years that followed, Mamede only appeared internationally at cross-country championships; at his last start in Stavanger in 1989 , he crossed the finish line 43rd and finished seventh with the Portuguese team. In August 1989, the Mexican Arturo Barrios replaced Mamede as the world record holder over 10,000 meters.

Personal bests

Portuguese championship title

(only single routes)

  • 800 meters: 1973
  • 1500 meters: 1976, 1979, 1983
  • 10,000 meters: 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981
  • Cross: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986


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