Full name: Fermín Cacho Ruiz
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: February 16, 1969 in Ágreda, Soria, Spain
Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)
Fermín Cacho had an enviable competitive record in the 1,500, but it was not until late in his career that he produced a time of corresponding quality. He first achieved noteriety by finishing second in the 1,500 metres event at the 1990 European Indoor Championships. At the 1991 World Indoor Championships, Cacho again finished second in the 1,500 behind Noureddine Morceli. At the 1992 Olympic Games Cacho was not considered a serious gold medal threat, but the 1,500 final was run at a pedestrian pace, so Cacho positioned himself perfectly in the final lap and outsprinted his rivals to win gold. Cacho finished second at the 1993 World Championships, but won the 1,500 m title at the European Championships in 1994. At the 1996 Olympics, the final was considered to be a match race between Morceli and Hicham El Guerrouj. Approaching the completion of the third lap, Morceli was leading from El Guerrouj, when suddenly the Moroccan tripped and fell. Cacho chased Morceli valiantly around the last lap, but was unable to catch him and placed second. At the 1997 World Championships Cacho again won a silver medal and, at the end of the same season, he finally managed to run his world class time when he finished second over 1,500 behind El Guerrouj in 3:28.95, which moved him to third on the all-time world list. He won bronze at the 1998 European Championships and finished fourth in the 1999 World Championships. Cacho suffered an Achilles' tendon injury in 2000, which effectively ended his career.
Personal Best: 1500 – 3:28.95 (1997).
|1992 Summer||23||Barcelona||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Spain||ESP||1||Gold|
|1996 Summer||27||Atlanta||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Spain||ESP||2||Silver|
|1992 Summer||23||Barcelona||Athletics||Spain||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||3:34.93|
|1992 Summer||23||Barcelona||Athletics||Spain||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||3:37.04|
|1996 Summer||27||Atlanta||Athletics||Spain||Semi-Finals||Heat One||2||QU||3:33.12|
|1996 Summer||27||Atlanta||Athletics||Spain||Round One||Heat Five||1||QU||3:39.84|