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Nélson Prudêncio

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNélson•Prudêncio
Used nameNélson•Prudêncio
Born4 April 1944 in Lins, São Paulo (BRA)
Died23 November 2012 in São Carlos, São Paulo (BRA)
Measurements182 cm / 71 kg
NOC(s) Brazil


Nélson Prudêncio also won two medals in triple jump at the Pan American Games, with silver in 1967 and a bronze in 1971. At the 1975 Pan American Games he finished fourth in triple jump. Prudêncio broke the world record during the 1968 Olympic competition with 17.27 but that was later bested by gold medal winner Viktor Saneyev. Prudêncio was world ranked #2 in 1968 behind Saneyev and was ranked 3rd in 1972, 5th in 1975, and 8th in 1971. He studied physical education at the São Carlos na Escola de Educação Física de São Carlos and later became a professor at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos. He was also vice-president of the Brazilian Athletics Federation. In Brazil Prudêncio was awarded the Medalha do Mérito Desportivo Militar.

Personal Best: TJ – 17.27 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics Triple Jump, Men Olympic 2 Silver BRA Nélson Prudêncio
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics Triple Jump, Men Olympic 3 Bronze BRA Nélson Prudêncio
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics Triple Jump, Men Olympic 14 r1/2 BRA Nélson Prudêncio

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Summer Olympics 17 October 1968 Athletics Triple Jump, Men Final Round, Round Five 17.27 WR NP

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