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Pablo Morales

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePedro Pablo•Morales, Jr.
Used namePablo•Morales
Born5 December 1964 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Measurements188 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsStanford Cardinal, Stanford (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

In 1988 Pedro Pablo Morales was considered the world’s butterfly swimmer, and was expected to win multiple medals at the Seoul Olympics, until an unusual thing happened – he failed to make the 1988 US Olympic team. Morales competed at the Olympics in 1984 and 1992, winning three medals in 1984. After the Los Angeles Olympics he dominated his events internationally, winning gold in the 100 fly and medley relay at the 1986 World Championships. He won three golds at the 1985 Pan Pacifics and two golds and a bronze at the 1987 Pan Pacs. Morales also won silver in the 100 fly at the 1983 Pan American Games. He set two world records in the 100 fly, one in 1984 (53.38), and one in 1986, a 52.84 mark set in Orlando that survived for nine years.

Morales attended Stanford University, where he won 11 NCAA individual championships prior to the Seoul Olympics. He then attended law school at Cornell and somewhat dropped off the top of the swimming world. Morales returned, however, in 1991, and came back to make the 1992 Olympic team and stunned everyone by winning a gold medal in the 100 butterfly, his best event, and adding a gold in the medley relay. Morales later worked as a swim coach at the University of Nebraska.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Pablo Morales
100 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 4
200 metres Individual Medley, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Pablo Morales
100 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 30 July 1984 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Butterfly, Men Round One, Heat Seven 53.78 1
1984 Summer Olympics 3 August 1984 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Butterfly, Men Round One, Heat Four 1:59.19 1
1984 Summer Olympics 4 August 1984 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:39.30 WR 1
1992 Summer Olympics 31 July 1992 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:36.93 WR 1

Special Notes