João Carlos de Oliveira

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João Carlos de Oliveira
Personal information
Born May 28, 1954
Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Died May 29, 1999
São Paulo, Brazil

João Carlos de Oliveira, also known as "João do Pulo" (born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil May 28, 1954 – May 29, 1999 in São Paulo, Brazil) was a Brazilian athlete who competed in the triple jump and the long jump.

Born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo De Oliveira won two Olympic bronze medals. His personal best of 17.89 metres, set on October 15, 1975, stood as the world record until 1985. As of today, it is still in the top twenty of all-time best results in the event.

In 1981, he was in a car accident near São Paulo in which he lost one leg. Afterward, he became a vocal advocate for the rights of the disabled. He died in 1999 from complications of alcoholism.


Preceded by
Soviet Union Viktor Sanyeyev
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1975-10-15 – 1985-06-16
Succeeded by
United States Willie Banks
Preceded by
United States Muhammad Ali
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

Succeeded by
Cuba Alberto Juantorena