José Peña (steeplechaser)

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José Peña
Personal information
Full name José Gregorio Peña Trejo
Born (1987-01-12) January 12, 1987 (age 27)
San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Country  Venezuela
Sport Athletics
Updated on 20 June 2013.

José Gregorio Peña Trejo (born 12 January 1987) is a Venezuelan track and field athlete who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. His personal best for the event is 8:20.87 minutes


Born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, he first established himself on the continental youth scene. His first international outing came at the 2002 South American Youth Championships in Athletics, where he came fourth in the boy's 2000 metres steeplechase race.[1] At the 2004 edition of the competition, he won the steeplechase gold medal and also came fourth in the 1500 metres and fifth in the 3000 metres flat events.[2] Moving up to the junior under-20 ranks, he ran at the 2005 South American Junior Championships in Athletics. There he won the 3000 m steeplechase silver medal behind Peru's Mario Bazán and he also placed eighth in the 1500 m final.[3] He represented Venezuelan on the global stage at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics, but did not progress beyond the steeplechase heats. In November 2006, he was the runner-up at the 2006 South American Games (again to Bazán) and ran a national junior record time of 8:50.88 minutes.[4]

In Peña's first season as a senior athlete, he won the bronze medal in the steeplechase at the 2007 South American Championships in Athletics.[5] He was also the runner-up at the 2007 ALBA Games event. He focused on longer distances in 2008, coming seventh in the South American Cross Country Championships and winning the national title over 5000 metres. At the 2008 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics he came fifth in his specialist steeplechase event.[6]

His focus returned to steeplechasing in the 2009 season. He came second at the 2009 ALBA Games, fifth at the World Military Track and Field Championships, then ran a personal best of 8:36.17 minutes at the 2009 South American Championships in Athletics in Lima – finishing just one second behind the host nation's Mario Bazán who broke the championship record.[7] Two weeks later, he competed at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics and won the silver medal.[8] He won the 2010 Venezuelan steeplechase title, but missed the rest of the track season that year.[6]

At the 2011 South American Championships in Athletics, Peña missed out on a steeplechase medal for the first time, coming in fifth place. A month later, he ran a personal best of 8:34.90 minutes at the 2011 Military World Games and was eighth in the event final. At the end of July he won the title at the 2011 ALBA Games.[6] The 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara saw him achieve his best finish to date, taking the Pan American gold medal ahead of Brazil's Hudson de Souza with a tactical sprint finish.[9] This achievement followed in the footsteps of his compatriot Néstor Nieves, who won the same event in 2003.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 1500 m: 3:44.06 minUnited States Eagle Rock, 4 May 2013
  • 3000 m: 7:54.42 minAustria Linz, 26 August 2013
  • 5000 m: 13:47.25 minUnited States Stanford, 29 March 2013
  • 3000 m steeplechase: 8:20.87 min NRGermany Berlin, 1 September 2013


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Venezuela
2002 South American Youth Championships Paraguay Asunción 4th 2000 m steeplechase 6:27.07 min
2004 South American Youth Championships Ecuador Guayaquil 4th 1500 m 3:59.8 min
5th 3000 m 8:45.8 min
1st 2000 m steeplechase 5:52.2 min
2005 South American Junior Championships Argentina Rosario 2nd 3000 m steeplechase 9:13.74 min
2006 World Junior Championships China Beijing 8th (h) 3000 m steeplechase 8:52.36 min
South American Under-23 Championships Argentina Buenos Aires 2nd 3000 m steeplechase 8:50.88 min NJR
South American Games
2007 ALBA Games Venezuela Caracas 2nd 3000 m steeplechase 8:51.42 min
South American Championships Brazil São Paulo 3rd 3000 m steeplechase 8:54.43 min
2008 South American Cross Country Championships Paraguay Asunción 7th Long course (12km) 38:47 min
Ibero-American Championships Chile Iquique 5th 3000 m steeplechase 8:54.80 min
2009 ALBA Games Cuba La Habana 2nd 3000 m steeplechase 8:44.47 min
World Military Track & Field Championships Bulgaria Sofia 5th 3000 m steeplechase 8:48.00 min
South American Championships Peru Lima 2nd 3000 m steeplechase 8:36.17 min PB A
Central American and Caribbean Championships Cuba La Habana 2nd 3000 m steeplechase 8:51.03 min
Bolivarian Games Bolivia Sucre 3rd 3000 m steeplechase 10.04.90 min A
2011 South American Championships Argentina Buenos Aires 5th 3000 m steeplechase 8:44.18 min
Military World Games Brazil Rio de Janeiro 8th 3000 m steeplechase 8:47.18 min
ALBA Games Venezuela Barquisimeto 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:45.25 min
Pan American Games Mexico Guadalajara 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:48.19 min A
2012 Ibero-American Championships Venezuela Barquisimeto 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:37.67 min
Olympic Games United Kingdom London 8th (h) 3000 m steeplechase 8:24.06 min NR
2013 South American Championships Colombia Cartagena 7th 1500 m 3:47.63 min
1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:32.01 min
World Championships Russia Moscow 6th (h) 3000 m steeplechase 8:24.88 min
Bolivarian Games Peru Trujillo 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:26.6 min (ht)
2014 South American Games Chile Santiago 5000 m DNF
1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:36.81 min


  1. ^ 2002 South American Youth Championships. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  2. ^ 2004 South American Youth Championships. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  3. ^ 2005 South American Junior Championships. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  4. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2006-11-13). Brazil best at South American U-23. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  5. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2007-06-10). 14.57 Area Triple Jump Record for Costa as South American Champs finish. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  6. ^ a b c José Gregorio Peña. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  7. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-06-21). Adriano takes seventh South American Discus title – Day 2 report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  8. ^ XXII Campeonato CAC Atletismo 2009. Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  9. ^ José Peña logró la undécima dorada (Spanish). Últimas Noticias Venezuela (2011-10-28). Retrieved on 2011-11-02.

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