Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nelson Évora (Beijing 2008)

Nelson Évora (born April 20, 1984) is a Portuguese athlete who specializes in the triple jump and long jump. He is the current triple jump olympic and world champion. Évora currently competes for Portuguese sports club S.L. Benfica. He represented Cape Verde until 2002, when he got Portuguese citizenship, in June that year.

Born in Cote D'Ivoire, where his parents had come to live from Cape Verde, Nelson relocated to Portugal when he was five years old. He still holds the Cape Verdean records in both the long jump (7.57 metres) and the triple jump (16.15 metres).

Évora's family fixed in Odivelas, on the floor upon João Ganço, former Portugal record-holder and first man in Portugal to pass over 2m in the high jump. David Ganço, one of three sons of João Ganço, one year older than Nelson, became Évora's best friend. One day, João Ganço, seeing them playing in the street, suggested Nelson to start practicing athletics, following David's example, and, just like that, Nelson sportive career was started. João Ganço, then became Évora's coach.

Évora is a member of the Bahá'í Faith.

Sports career
He competed in the triple jump in the 2004 Olympics, without progressing from his pool, and finished sixth at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He finished fourth in the triple jump final and sixth in the long jump final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, having set a Portuguese triple jump record of 17.23 metres during the qualification. At the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships he came in fifth place.

On August 27, 2007, he became the triple jump World champion at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, in Osaka, Japan, estabilishing his personal best, portuguese national record and second best world mark of the year at 17.74 metres.

On March 9, 2008, he placed third in the triple jump competition at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, in Valencia, by jumping 17.27 metres.

On August 21, 2008, he edged out Phillips Idowu of Great Britain to take an Olympic gold medal with a 17.67 metres jump.

He is the great winner of triple jump in beijing 2008
You can see the video here

Personal opinnion:
You are really fantastic! Go Nelson,PORTUGAL with you(I am portuguese). I am your fan and due to your amazing work you should win a BIG prize!

Thanks to wikipedia for the biography and thanks to Youtube for this video!

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