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Reinaldo Oliver

Full name: Reinaldo Luis Oliver Martínez
Nickname(s): Pochi
Gender: Male
Born: March 28, 1932 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Died: January 19, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Country: PUR Puerto Rico
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Reinaldo Oliver started out as a decathlete, but eventually specialized in the javelin throw before switching to baseball. As a javelin thrower, Oliver won the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games title, while earning a bronze in the pentathlon at those same Games. A year later, he earned a javelin bronze in the Pan American Games, becoming the first Puerto Rican to win a Pan Am medal in athletics. He also competed in two Olympic Games (1952 and 1956), but failed to get past the qualifying round. He then played professional baseball in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States. Usually a catcher or outfielder, he played Triple-A for 18 games in 1961, with the San Juan/Charleston Marlins, affiliated to the St. Louis Cardinals. After his active career, Oliver was active as a trainer in both athletics and baseball. He has been inducted in the Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests\\: JT – 71.22 (1956); Dec – 5896 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Puerto Rico PUR 25 QR
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Men's Decathlon Puerto Rico PUR 21
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Puerto Rico PUR 19 QR

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round 25 52.40
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Group B 13 52.40
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Group B Round 1 AC foul
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Group B Round 2 AC no mark foul
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Group B Round 3 NP 52.40
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round 19 63.68
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Round One 18 55.85
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Round Two 21 52.42 55.85
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Puerto Rico Qualifying Round Round Three NP 63.68

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952T) P(1985AT) P(1985HT) T(H) T(A) D P(1985T) H
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Final Standings 21 5,228 5.817 5.859
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 100 metres 24T 623 673 624 11.9 11.89
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 100 metres Heat Six 4 623 673 624 11.9 11.89
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Long jump 25 550 6.15 619
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Shot put 23 437 10.22 499
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico High jump 14T 656 544 1.70
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 400 metres 18 618 655 659 53.4 53.62
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 400 metres Heat Two 4 618 655 659 53.4 53.62
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 110 metre hurdles 21 473 631 16.7 ----
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 110 metre hurdles Heat Two 3 473 631 16.7 ----
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Discus throw 22 374 29.95 463
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Pole vault 9T 516 482 3.50
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico Javelin throw 4 660 56.68 688
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 1,500 metres 9 321 605 608 4:51.8 4:52.20
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Puerto Rico 1,500 metres Heat One 4 321 605 608 4:51.8 4:52.20
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