Nelson Prudêncio

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Nelson Prudêncio
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Born April 4, 1944
Lins, São Paulo
Died November 23, 2012(2012-11-23) (aged 68)
São Carlos, São Paulo

Nelson Prudêncio (April 4, 1944 – November 23, 2012) was a Brazilian athlete who competed in the triple jump.[1] He won one Olympic silver medal (at the 1968 Summer Olympics) and one bronze (at the 1972 Summer Olympics) during his career.

Prudêncio's mark of 17.27 metres (56 feet 8 inches) at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 was briefly the world record before Viktor Saneyev extended it to 17.39 metres (57 feet 1 inch) a few minutes later.[2]

He was also Professor in Physical Education at the Federal University of São Carlos and vice-president of Confederação Brasileira de Atletismo (Brazilian Athletics Confederation).[3]

Prudêncio died of lung cancer on November 23, 2012, in São Carlos. He was 68 years old.[4]


  1. ^ sports-reference
  2. ^ "Brazilian Olympic medalist Nelson Prudencio dies". 23 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Comentar!. "Cidade: Morreu em São Carlos o medalhista olímpico Nelson Prudêncio - São Carlos Agora | Líder Absoluto". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ Votar (2007-10-20). "Morre o medalhista olímpico Nelson Prudêncio - Jornal O Globo". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
Preceded by
Soviet Union Viktor Sanyeyev
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Viktor Sanyeyev