António Leitão

António Carlos Carvalho Nogueira Leitão OIH[1] (22 July 1960 – 18 March 2012) was a Portuguese athlete who mainly competed in the long distance events.

António Leitão
Personal information
Full nameAntónio Carlos Carvalho Nogueira Leitão
Born22 July 1960
Espinho, Portugal
Died18 March 2012(2012-03-18) (aged 51)
Porto, Portugal
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Country Portugal
Medal record


Born in Espinho, Leitão competed for Portugal at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, where he won the bronze medal in the men's 5.000 metres event. Following this result, he was viewed as one of the most promising athletes in his specialty; however, several injuries prevented him from participating in any further Olympic Games. He also competed for Portuguese club Benfica.[2][3]


Leitão died in Porto from complications due to hemochromatosis.[4] Following his death, the Corrida António Leitão was created, which is an annual athletics competition in Lisbon organized by Benfica.



  1. ^ a b "Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" [Portuguese Honorary Orders] (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 1984/10/26
  2. ^ Antonio Leitao at Sports Reference
  3. ^ "Faleceu António Leitão" [António Leitão has died]. Archived from the original on 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  4. ^ "RTP Notícias".

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