Adhemar da Silva

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Adhemar da Silva
Memorial - adhemar ferreira da silva - 01.jpg
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Brazil
Olympic Games
Gold 1952 Helsinki Triple jump
Gold 1956 Melbourne Triple jump
Pan American Games
Gold 1951 Buenos Aires Triple jump
Gold 1955 Mexico City Triple jump
Gold 1959 Chicago Triple jump
World Student Games
Gold 1955 San Sebastián, Spain Triple jump

Adhemar Ferreira da Silva (September 29, 1927 – January 12, 2001) was a Brazilian athlete who competed in the triple jump. He won two Olympic gold medals and set four world records in athletics, the last being 16.56 metres in 1955 Pan American Games.


He was born in São Paulo, in a poor family, and began competing in the triple jump in 1947. Under the coaching of German Dietrich Gerner, he soon showed his talent, breaking the national record and qualifying for the Brazilian team to 1948 Olympics, where he placed only 8th. However, at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, he became a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder and the only Brazilian athlete to have won gold in two consecutive Olympics until the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. There, the Brazilian women's volleyball squad defended their title, obtained four years earlier in Beijing, making six of their members consecutive Olympic champions (Jaqueline Carvalho, Sheilla Castro, Fabiana Claudino, Thaísa Menezes, Fabiana Oliveira and Paula Pequeno).

He was a member of the São Paulo Futebol Clube, and because of him, the team coat has two gold stars above the emblem. He also competed for Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama from 1955 to 1959.

In 1959, da Silva acted in the film Orfeu Negro, by French director Marcel Camus, which won the Golden Palm of the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

IN 2012 he was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame.[1]


  1. ^ "IAAF Hall of Fame created – First 12 Members announced". IAAF. March 8, 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 

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Preceded by
Japan Naoto Tajima
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1950-12-03 – 1953-07-19
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Leonid Shcherbakov
Preceded by
Soviet Union Leonid Shcherbakov
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1955-03-26 – 1958-07-19
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Oleg Rjahovsky