Full name: AntÃ³nio Carlos Carvalho Nogueira LeitÃ£o
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: July 22, 1960 in Espinho, Baixo Vouga, Portugal
Died: March 18, 2012 in Porto, Grande Porto, Portugal
Affiliations: Benfica, Lisboa (POR)
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
AntÃ³nio LeitÃ£o came to prominence as a junior, winning a 5,000 m bronze medal at the 1979 European Junior Championships. In 1981, he won his first (and last) national titles, earning accolades in the 5K and the steeple chase. A new Portuguese record of 13:07.70 set the following year propelled him to the international top. LeitÃ£o reached the 5,000 m final at the 1983 World Championships, coming home in 10th place. At the 1984 Olympics, he again qualified for the final. Setting a high pace early in the race, he managed to shake of all but [SaÃ¯d Aouita] and [Markus Ryffel], who would eventually pass him in the final sprint, leaving LeitÃ£o the bronze. This make him only the second Portuguese male track and field athlete (behind [Carlos Lopes]) to medal. It would also be LeitÃ£o's greatest achievement, subsequently only reaching one more international final (5th at the 1986 Europeans). He has also won a medal at the 1984 World Cross Country Championships, finishing third in the team competition behind Ethiopia and the USA. Retiring from sports in 1991, LeitÃ£o died relatively young after suffering from haemochromatosis, or iron overload.
Personal Best: 5000 â 13:07.70 (1982).
|1984 Summer||24||Los Angeles||Athletics||Men's 5,000 metres||Portugal||POR||3||Bronze|
|1984 Summer||24||Los Angeles||Athletics||Portugal||Final||3||13:09.20|
|1984 Summer||24||Los Angeles||Athletics||Portugal||Semi-Finals||Heat One||2||QU||13:39.76|
|1984 Summer||24||Los Angeles||Athletics||Portugal||Round One||Heat Four||1||QU||13:51.33|