Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 16h50

Pedro Pichardo nominated for best of the year in triple jump


The athlete of Benfica has as great competitor the American Christian Taylor.

Pedro Pablo Pichardo, the athlete of Benfica, was nominated for best of the year in the triple jump. The winner will be announced on December 4 in the gala of IAAF (International Associations of Athletics Federations) at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

Pedro Pichardo, who already has Portuguese nationality, disputes the award with his great competitor this year, the American Christian Taylor.

Since 2017 at Benfica, Pichardo already has several titles and records.

The triple jump athlete celebrated the conquest of an Indoor Clubs National Championship and a Track Clubs National Championship, both with the men's athletics team of Benfica.

Pichardo, who extended his contract with SL Benfica, holds the triple jump national record (with the mark of 17,95 meters, achieved in the Doha Meeting) and won the Diamond League, a success confirmed in the Meeting of Brussels, where he jumped 17,49 meters.

10 relevant facts

  • April 26, 2017 | He signed a contract with Sport Lisboa e Benfica;

  • July 1, 2017 | He achieved the best personal mark of the year (17.05 meters ) at the Paris Meeting, within the Diamond League

  • December 7, 2017 | The athlete informs, in a press conference, the acquisition of Portuguese nationality;

  • February 18, 2018 | He became Indoor National Club Champion for the men's athletics team of Benfica;

  • May 4, 2018 | He became the Triple Jump national record holder and, up to now, the holder of the best mark of the year, after jumping 17.95 meters, at the Doha Meeting, integrated within the Diamond League, where he reached the first place;

  • July 6, 2018 | He won the silver medal in the Meeting of Lausanne (Switzerland), a competition integrated within the Diamond League, with the mark of 17.61 meters;

  • July 20, 2018 | Second place in the Triple Jump event in the meeting of Monaco, from the Diamond League, with 17.67 meters;

  • July, 22 2018 | He became Track National Club Champion for the men's athletics team of Benfica;

  • August 31, 2018 | He became champion of the Diamond League for the first time, winning the title in the meeting of Brussels, where he jumped 17.49 meters;

  • September 12, 2018 | The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) informs the Portuguese Athletics Portuguese Federation that Pedro Pichardo is eligible to represent Portugal as of the 1st of August, 2019.

Text: Márcia Dores

Pics: SL Benfica

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