Évora after the triple jump medal ceremony at the 2007 World Championships
|Full name||Nelson Évora|
26 April 1984 |
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
Nelson Évora (born 20 April 1984) is a Portuguese track and field athlete who specializes in the triple jump and long jump. He is the current triple jump European indoor champion, and a former triple jump Olympic and world champion. Évora competes for Portugal and Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. He represented Cape Verde until 2002, when he got Portuguese citizenship, in June that year.
Born in Ivory Coast, where his parents had come to live from Cape Verde, Évora and his family moved to Portugal when he was five years old. He still holds the Cape Verdean records in both the long jump (7.57 m) and the triple jump (16.15 m).
Évora's family settled in Odivelas, on the floor above João Ganço's – a former Portugal record-holder and the first Portuguese to pass over 2 meters in the high jump. David Ganço, one of João Ganço's three sons and one year older than Évora, became his best friend. One day, João Ganço, seeing them playing in the street, suggested that Évora started practising athletics, following David's example, and, just like that, Évora's sportive career started. João then became his coach.
He competed in the triple jump in the 2004 Olympics, without progressing from his pool, and finished sixth at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He finished fourth in the triple jump final and sixth in the long jump final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, having set a Portuguese triple jump record of 17.23 metres during the qualification. At the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships he came in fifth place.
On 27 August 2007, Évora became the triple jump World champion at the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, Japan, establishing his personal best, Portuguese national record and second best world mark of the year at 17.74 metres.
Évora set the world leading mark at the Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa in May 2009, winning with 17.66 m. He was pleased with the jump (his third best performance ever) and stated his intention to surpass the 18 metre mark at the forthcoming 2009 World Championships. In mid-2009, he won the triple jump gold at the Universiade and another at the 2009 Lusophony Games.
However he was unable to replicate his winning form at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, being relegated to second place. After leading with a first round jump of 17.55 m, the man he beat in the Olympics, Phillips Idowu, was able to take the gold with a third round jump of 17.73 m, the longest in the world for that year.
|2001||European Youth Olympic Festival||Murcia, Spain||1st||Long jump||7.49 m|
|2002||World Junior Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||8th (qualifying)||Long jump||7.28 m|
|6th||Triple jump||15.87 m|
|2003||European Junior Championships||Tampere, Finland||1st||Long jump||7.83 m|
|6th||Triple jump||16.43 m|
|2004||World Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||10th (qualifying)||Triple jump||16.30 m|
|Ibero-American Championships||Huelva, Spain||7th||Triple jump||15.56 m|
|Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||23rd (qualifying)||Triple jump||15.72 m|
|2005||European U23 Championships||Erfurt, Germany||3rd||Triple jump||16.89 m|
|World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||9th (qualifying)||Triple jump||16.60 m|
|2006||World Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia||6th||Triple jump||17.14 m|
|European Cup First League||Thessaloniki, Greece||1st||Long jump|
|European Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||6th||Long jump||7.91 m|
|4th||Triple jump||17.07 m|
|Lusophony Games||Macau, China||1st||Triple jump||16.30 m|
|2007||European Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||5th||Triple jump||16.97 m|
|European Cup First League||Milan, Italy||1st||Triple jump|
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||1st||Triple jump||17.74 m NR|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||3rd||Triple jump||17.30 m|
|2008||World Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||3rd||Triple jump||17.27 m|
|European Cup First League||Leiria, Portugal||1st||Long jump|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||1st||Triple jump||17.67 m|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||1st||Triple jump||17.24 m|
|2009||European Team Championships||Leiria, Portugal||2nd||Long jump||7.94 m|
|1st||Triple jump||17.59 m|
|Universiade||Belgrade, Serbia||1st||Triple jump||17.22 m|
|Lusophony Games||Lisbon, Portugal||1st||Triple jump||17.15 m|
|World Championships||Berlin, Germany||2nd||Triple jump||17.55 m|
|2011||European Team Championships||Stockholm, Sweden||6th||Triple jump||16.33 m|
|Universiade||Shenzhen, China||1st||Triple jump||17.31 m|
|World Championships||Daegu, Korea||5th||Triple jump||17.35 m|
|2014||European Championships||Zürich, Switzerland||6th||Triple jump||16.78 m|
|2015||European Indoor Championships||Prague, Czech Republic||1st||Triple jump||17.21 m|
- Baha'i World News Service - Top sportsmen find support in faith
- Cape Verdean athletics record[dead link]
- Nélson Évora campeão do mundo do triplo salto (Portuguese)
- Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-05-25). Belém spectacular produces five world season leads – IAAF World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-30.
- Fernandes, António Manuel (2009-07-14). Évora, another title in Lisbon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nelson Evora.|
- Official website (Portuguese) (English)
- Nelson Évora profile at IAAF
- Comité Olímpico Portugal (Portuguese)
|Portuguese Sportsman of the Year
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|Flagbearer for Portugal