Silvio Cator

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Silvio Cator
Silvio Cator
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  Haiti
Olympic Games
Silver 1928 Amsterdam Long jump

Sylvio or Silvio Paul Cator (October 9, 1900 – July 21, 1952)[1][2] was a Haitian athlete most successful in the long jump.

Born in Cavaillon, Haiti, Cator was a footballer who played for the Trivoli Athletic Club and the Racing Club Haitien. He participated in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris in the high jump, where he finished 15th, and the long jump, where he came in 12th. In the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam he won a silver medal in the long jump.[3] His 7.58 m effort was 16 cm short of gold (Edward Hamm). A month later, on September 9, 1928, Sylvio Cator broke Edward Hamm's two-month-old world record with a 7.93 m jump at the 1924 Olympic stadium near Paris. He participated one more time in the long jump at the 1932 games in Los Angeles, where he took the 9th place.

To this present day, his silver medal is the best result of a Haitian athlete in the Olympics, with only one further (bronze) medal for the Haitian free rifle team in the 1924 Olympics. His world record long jump is still (2009) the Haitian national record and, with 79 years, the oldest standing national record in athletics.

In 1946 Cator was elected Mayor of Port-au-Prince.[4] Stade Sylvio Cator, a multi-use stadium in that city, was named after him and was finished in the year of his death in Port-au-Prince. In 1958, Haiti issued a series of seven stamps commemorating Cator's Olympic medal and world record 30 years before.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael R. Hall (January 12, 2012). Historical Dictionary of Haiti. Scarecrow Press. pp. 55–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7549-4. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (September 2014). "Sylvio Cator Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics. Sports Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  3. ^ Bill Mallon; Jeroen Heijmans (August 11, 2011). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement. Scarecrow Press. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7522-7. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Haiti's Greatest Olympian and the Rebirth of National Soccer". Retrieved 10 September 2014.