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Aurora Cunha

Aurora Cunha (born May 31, 1959 in Ronfe, near Guimarães) is a retired long-distance runner from Portugal, living in Póvoa de Varzim. From 1984-1992 she represented her native country in three consecutive Olympic Games. Cunha's greatest successes were in road running, at which she was a three-time World Champion. She also won several marathons during her career, including Paris (1988), Tokyo (1988), Chicago (1990) and Rotterdam (1992).


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Portugal
1983 Ibero-American Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 1500m 4:15.55
1st 3000m 9:14.10
1984 World Road Race Championships Madrid, Spain 1st 10 km 33:04
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 6th 3000 m 8:46.37
1985 World Road Race Championships Gateshead, England 1st 15 km 49:17
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 4th 10,000 m 31:39.35
World Road Race Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 15 km 48:31
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 17th 10,000 m 32:44.42
1988 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:34:56
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea Marathon DNF
Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:31:26
1989 London Marathon London, England 3rd Marathon 2:28:11
World Road Race Championships San Diego, United States 3rd 15 km 50:06
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 9th 10,000 m 32:15.83
World Road Race Championships Dublin, Ireland 5th 15 km 50:27
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:30:11
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF
1992 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:29:14
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain Marathon DNF


  • Aurora Cunha profile at IAAF

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