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Alberto Juantorena

Full name: Alberto Juantorena Danger
Nickname(s): El Caballo / El elegante de las pistas
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: November 21, 1950 in Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Country: CUB Cuba
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Alberto Juantorena, known as El Caballo, or The Horse, began as a basketball player but was discovered as a sprinter and competed at the 1972 Olympics, making the semi-finals of the 400 metres. In 1973, Juantorena won the 400 at the World University Games and in 1975 won two silver medals - 400 metres and 4×400 metres relay (with Eddy Gutiérrez, Carlos Álvarez, and Dámaso Alfonso) - at the Pan American Games. In 1976 he increased his range and won the 400 and 800 at the Montréal Olympics, the 800 in a world-record time of 1:43.50 and the 400 in a low-altitude world record of 44.26. In 1977, Juantorena won the 400 and 800 at the first World Cup of Athletics, and in that year set another world record in the 800, running 1:43.44 in Sofia at the World University Games. In 1979 he won again silver in 400 metres and bronze with the 4×400 metres relay team (with Carlos Álvarez and the non-Olympians Pedro Tanis and Frank Montiéh) at the Pan American Games. At the Central American and Caribbean Games, Juantorena won the 400 in both 1974 and 1978, and the 800 in 1978 and 1982.

He was World Ranked #1 in the 400 in 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1978, and in the 800 in 1976-77, and was voted World Athlete of the Year in 1976 and 1977. Juantorena competed at the 1980 Olympics with less success and competed at the first World Athletics Championships in 1983, where he broke his foot after finishing his heat in the first round of the 800 when he stepped on the inner track border, after which he retired from competition. He has since become the Vice-Minister of Sports in Cuba.

Personal Bests: 400 – 44.26 (1976); 800 – 1:43.44 (1977).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Men's 400 metres Cuba CUB 5 h2 r3/4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 400 metres Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 800 metres Cuba CUB 1 Gold WR
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Cuba CUB 7
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Men's 400 metres Cuba CUB 4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Cuba Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 46.07 5
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Cuba Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 45.96 6
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Cuba Round One Heat Four 1 QU 45.94 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Final 1 44.26 2
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 45.10 7
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 45.92 7
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Round One Heat Six 3 QU 47.89 6
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Cuba Final 4 45.09 3
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Cuba Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 45.95 8
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Cuba Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 46.23 6
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Cuba Round One Heat Seven 3 QU 46.69 4

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Final 1 WR 1:43.50 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:45.88 3
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:47.15 4

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba CUB Final 7 3:03.81 44.7
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Cuba CUB Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:05.19
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