Adhemar da Silva
Adhemar Ferreira da Silva (September 29, 1927 – January 12, 2001) was a Brazilian triple jumper. He won two Olympic gold medals and set four world records in athletics, the last being 16.56 metres in 1955 Pan American Games. In his early career he also competed in the long jump, placing fourth at the 1951 Pan American Games.
Adhemar da Silva at the 1956 Olympics
|Full name||Adhemar Ferreira da Silva|
|Born||September 29, 1927|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Died||January 12, 2001 (aged 73)|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||69 kg (152 lb)|
|Event(s)||Triple jump, long jump|
|Club||São Paulo FC|
Vasco da Gama, Rio de Janeiro
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||TJ – 16.56 m (1955)|
LJ – 6.93 m (1951)
|Updated on 13 June 2015.|
Da Silva was born in São Paulo, in a poor family, and began competing in the triple jump in 1947. Under the coaching of German Dietrich Gerner, he soon showed his talent, breaking the national record and qualifying for the Brazilian team to 1948 Olympics, where he placed only 8th. However, at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, he became a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder and the only Brazilian athlete to have won gold in two consecutive Olympics until the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. There, the Brazilian women's volleyball squad defended their title, obtained four years earlier in Beijing, making six of their members consecutive Olympic champions (Jaqueline Carvalho, Sheilla Castro, Fabiana Claudino, Thaísa Menezes, Fabiana Oliveira and Paula Pequeno).
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| Men's triple jump world record holder
3 December 1950 – 19 July 1953
16 March 1955 – 19 July 1958