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Rosa Mota

Full name: Rosa María Correia dos Santos Mota
Gender: Female
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 99 lbs (45 kg)
Born: June 29, 1958 in Foz do Douro, Grande Porto, Portugal
Affiliations: Centro de Atletismo do Porto
Country: POR Portugal
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Rosa Mota of Portugal is often considered the greatest female marathoner of all-time. Mota ran 21 marathon races between 1982 and 1992 and won 14 of them. She is also the only person, as of 2017, to hold concurrent European, World, and Olympic marathon titles, which she accomplished after winning the 1988 Olympic marathon. Mota started out as a cross-country runner but switched to marathon in the early 1980s and ran her first marathon at the 1982 European Championships, which she won. She finished fourth at the 1983 Worlds, which was the worst placement of all her marathons she finished. Next year Mota won bronze at the Olympic Games and in 1986 defended her European title. She won gold at the 1987 Worlds and, at the 1988 Olympics, became the first Portuguese woman to win Olympic gold. In 1990 she won her third consecutive European title. She last competed at a major international at the 1991 Worlds, failing to finish.

In major city marathons, Mota won Boston in 1987-88 and 1990; Chicago in 1983-84; London in 1991; Rotterdam in 1982; and Osaka in 1990. She was also second at Los Angeles in 1989 and third at Chicago in 1985. In all, she failed to finish in only 3 of her 21 marathons. In 1998, Mota was awarded the Abebe Bikila Award for contributions to the development of long-distance training and in 2000 she received the Olympic Order in Silver.

Personal Bests: 3,000 – 8:53.84 (1984); Mar – 2-23:29 (1985).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 3,000 metres Portugal POR AC h3 r1/2
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Marathon Portugal POR 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Women's Marathon Portugal POR 1 Gold

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Portugal Round One Heat Three AC DNF

Women's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Portugal Final Standings 3 2-26:57
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Portugal Final Standings 1 2-25:40
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