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Paulo Roberto de Almeida Paula (born 8 July 1979) is a Brazilian long-distance runner who competes in marathon races.[5] He finished 8th at the 2012 Olympics and 15th at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[2] He is a member of the Cruzeiro Sport Club.

Paulo Roberto Paula
Paulo Roberto Paula Rio2016.jpg
Paula at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1979-07-08) 8 July 1979 (age 40)
Pacaembu, Brazil[1]
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Country Brazil
Event(s)5000 m – marathon
ClubCruzeiro Sport Club[2]
Luasa Sports Taubaté[1][3]
Coached byDino de Aguiar Cintra Filho[1]
Marco Antonio de Oliveira[2][3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5000 m – 14:00.81 (2010)
10 km – 28:50 (2011)
HM – 1:02:30 (2011)
Marathon – 2:10:23 (2012)[4]

He began competing nationally in his teenage years. He was runner-up over 10,000 metres at the 1998 Brazilian Junior Championships with a run of 30:42.94 minutes. He began to progress in the senior ranks of the event in 2002, finishing fourth at the Brazilian Athletics Championships with a run of 28:58.03 minutes. However, he did not compete frequently at the top level over the following years.[6]

He moved up to the half marathon distance and in 2007 he was runner-up at the São Paulo Half Marathon with a time of 64:29 minutes. He repeated that feat in both 2008 and 2009 and improved his best time to 64:26 minutes over the period. His marathon debut followed in 2011 with a run at the Amsterdam Marathon, where his finishing time of 2:13:15 hours was enough for 17th place. Two better performances in 2012 (2:11:51 at the Barcelona Marathon, then 2:10:23 for third at the Maratona di Sant'Antonio) saw him chosen for the Brazilian team for the 2012 London Olympics.[6]

At the start of 2013 he dropped out of the Lake Biwa Marathon, but he showed a resurgence of form by winning the Maratona di Sant'Antonio in Italy – his first international victory.[7]

Paula serves in the Brazilian Army. His twin brother Luiz Fernando is also an international long-distance runner. He tried to qualify in the marathon for the 2012 Olympics.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Paulo Roberto de Paula.
  2. ^ a b c d "Paulo Roberto Paula". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b c Paulo Roberto Paula.
  4. ^ Paulo Roberto Paula at IAAF
  5. ^ Paulo Roberto Paula. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b Paulo Roberta Paula. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  7. ^ April 2013 Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.