José Luis González (athlete)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

José Luis González Sánchez (born December 8, 1957 in Villaluenga de la Sagra, Toledo) was one of the world's fastest 1500 metres runners of the 1980s.


In a legendary race in Nice 1985, Gonzalez came third behind Steve Cram and Saïd Aouita, who became the first man to run the distance below 3.30 minutes. Gonzalez set a Spanish record of 3:30.92 minutes and a few weeks later also ran a new record over one mile in 3:47.79 min.

In 1987, Gonzalez won a silver medal at the World Championships in Rome when he finished behind Abdi Bile. He won World Indoor Championships silver medals in 1985 and 1989.