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Pedro Pablo Pichardo

Pedro Pablo Pichardo Peralta (Spanish pronunciation: [piˈtʃaɾðo]; born 30 June 1993) is a Cuban-born triple jumper competing for Portugal since December 2017.

Pedro Pablo Pichardo
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Pichardo competing at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix (May 2015)
Personal information
NationalityPortuguese
Born (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 26)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Sport
Country Portugal
SportAthletics
Event(s)Triple jump
ClubBenfica
Coached byJorge Pichardo (father)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Triple jump: 18.08 m (2015)

He was the 2012 World Junior Champion and the 2013 World Championship silver medalist. His 17.79 m (58 ft 4 14 in) in early 2014 was the best triple jump of the year. In 2015, his 17.94 m (58 ft 10 14 in) made him the #6 performer ever. A week later he improved to 18.06 m (59 ft 3 in) making him the #3 performer ever and the best performance the world has seen since 1996 (when Pichardo was only 3 years old).[1] At club level, he represents S.L. Benfica in Portugal.

CareerEdit

Pichardo jumped 18.06 m (59 ft 3 in) (0.9 m/s) on May 15, 2015 at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar. The performance makes him the number 3 performer ever. With Christian Taylor also jumping 18.04 m (59 ft 2 in) minutes later in Doha, this was the first competition in history to have two men jump over 18 metres, already called "the greatest triple jump competition ever."[2] His 18.06 m also improved his own Cuban national record of 17.94 m (58 ft 10 14 in) set just one week earlier in Havana. That mark erased Yoelbi Quesada's nearly 18-year-old record. It had already put Pichardo on the all-time top ten performers in position #6.[3]

Pichardo won Athletissima 2013 with a mark of 17.58 m.[4]

On 28 May 2015, Pichardo jumped 18.08 m (59 ft 3 34 in) (0.0 m/s) at the Copa Cuba-Memorial Barrientos meet in Havana, improving his own Cuban national record set two weeks earlier by 2 cm.[5]

In April 2017, Pichardo disappeared from the Cuban national team's meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, appearing days later in Portugal.[6] Shortly after, on 27 April, he signed a contract with Portuguese club S.L. Benfica.[7] He gained Portuguese citizenship on 7 December that year[8] and is eligible to compete for Portugal on the international stage starting from 1 August 2019.[9] Therefore, the first major competition in which Pichardo will represent the Portuguese colours will be during the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.[9]

Pichardo established Portugal's triple jump record at 17.95 metres during 2018 IAAF Diamond League, in Doha, Qatar, on 4 May 2018.[10] Later, he won a gold medal at the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, in London, with a personal season best of 17.53 metres.[11]

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Notes
Representing   Cuba
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona 1st Triple jump 16.79 m WJL
2013 World Championships Moscow 2nd Triple jump 17.68 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot 3rd Triple jump 17.24 m
2015 Pan American Games Toronto 1st Triple jump 17.54 m
World Championships Beijing 2nd Triple jump 17.73 m
Representing   Portugal
2019 World Championships Doha 4th Triple jump 17.62 m

Personal bestsEdit

Event Measure Venue Date
Triple jump Outdoor 18.08 m Havana 28 May 2015
Indoor 17.32 m Prague 25 February 2014
  • All information taken from IAAF Profile.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Triple Jump – men – senior – outdoor". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  2. ^ "Pichardo vs Taylor clash in Doha is greatest triple jump competition ever – IAAF Diamond League". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  3. ^ Jon Mulkeen; Andrea Buongiovanni (8 May 2015). "Pichardo breaks Cuban triple jump record with 17.94m". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Bondarenko flies high with stunning 2.41m in Lausanne – IAAF Diamond League". iaaf.org. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Pichardo triple jumps 18.08m in Havana". iaaf.org. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ Pedro Pablo Pichardo: mais uma estrela a desertar de Cuba Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ "Feliz no Benfica" S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Pedro Pichardo já é português". www.slbenfica.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  9. ^ a b Pires, Bruno; Fernandes, Nuno (12 September 2018). "Pichardo pode representar Portugal a partir de agosto de 2019" [Pichardo allowed to represent Portugal starting from August 2019]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  10. ^ Pires, Bruno; Frias, Rui (4 May 2018). "Pichardo estabelece novo recorde nacional do triplo salto" [Pichardo establishes new triple jump national record]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  11. ^ Pedro Pichardo ganha Liga Diamante em Londres e consegue melhor marca pessoal do ano Observador, 20 July 2019 (in Portuguese)

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