Alberto Larraguibel

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Breaking the record
High-Jump 2.47
Alberto Larraguibel
Medal record
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place Buenos Aires 1951 Individual jumping
Gold medal – first place Buenos Aires 1951 Team jumping

Colonel Alberto Larraguibel Morales (May 30, 1919 - April 12, 1995) was a Chilean Army officer born in Angol, Chile. He remains as the record holder for high-jump on horseback, one of the longest-running unbroken sport records in history - 68 years as of 2017.


He was born on May 30, 1919.

Then-Captain Larraguibel broke the record for the "high-jump" at 2.47 metres (8.1 ft), riding Huaso, formerly called "Faithful", at the Official International Event at Viña del Mar, Chile on February 5, 1949. The Committee of Records[who?] ratified this record on May 28, 1949 and stated that a height of at least 2.49 metres (8.2 ft) must be cleared to beat it.

Larraguibel died in Santiago, Chile at the age of 75.


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