Arturo Barrios

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Barrios and the second or maternal family name is Flores.
Arturo Barrios
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  Mexico
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis 5000 metres
Gold medal – first place 1991 Havana 5000 metres
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold medal – first place 1980 Nassau 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 1980 Nassau 5000 m
Gold medal – first place 1980 Nassau 10,000 m
Pan American Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Sudbury 5000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Sudbury 2000 m s'chase

Arturo Barrios Flores (born December 12, 1962) is a Mexican long-distance runner. He was born in Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal.

Career[edit]

Barrios finished in fifth place in the 10,000 metres at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He is a former world record holder at the 10,000 m (27:08.23, set on August 18, 1989 at the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) in Berlin, Germany). Barrios' record was not broken until 1993 when Richard Chelimo ran 27:07.91 in Stockholm. This mark stood as the North American record until May 1, 2010, and still stands as the national record of Mexico.[1]

On March 30, 1991, Barrios set world records at one hour (21.101 km) and 20,000 m (56:55.6). These records stood until June 2007, when they were broken by Haile Gebrselassie. Barrios' 1991 performance makes him the first man ever to run a half-marathon distance in less than one hour; the first to do so in an actual half-marathon competition was Moses Tanui in 1993. That performance also still stands as the North American records and the Mexican record for those two events.[2]

In 1992 he participated in the World Cup in Athletics, running the 5000 m with a time of 13:50.95, finishing in second place.

Between 1987 and 1990, Barrios won the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race, considered the largest footrace in the world, four consecutive times.[3]

Barrios became a United States citizen in September 1994. Barrios graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 where he competed in track and cross country.

The annual Arturo Barrios Invitational 5K and 10K road races in Chula Vista, California, launched in 1989,[4] were held for the last time in 2006.[5]

Personal records[edit]

Distance Time Date Venue
1500 meters 3:37.61 13 August 1989 Hengelo, Netherlands
3000 meters 7:35.71 10 July 1989 Nice, France
5000 meters 13:07.79 14 July 1989 London, United Kingdom
10,000 meters 27:08.23 18 August 1989 Berlin, Germany
15000 meters 42:36 29 July 1986 Portland, Oregon
20000 meters 56:55.6 30 March 1991 La Fléche, France
Time Distance Date Location
One Hour 21.101 km 30 March 1991 La Fléche, France

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Mexico
1980 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas 1st 1500 m 3:49.8
1st 5000 m 14:26.4
1st 10000 m 31:20.4
1988 Ibero-American Championships Ciudad de México, México 1st 5000m 14:10.72 A

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Records
Preceded by
Portugal Fernando Mamede
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
August 18, 1989 – July 5, 1993
Succeeded by
Kenya Richard Chelimo