João Carlos de Oliveira

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João Carlos de Oliveira
Personal information
Born May 28, 1954
Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Died May 29, 1999
São Paulo, Brazil

João Carlos de Oliveira, also known as "João do Pulo" (born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil May 28, 1954 – May 29, 1999 in São Paulo, Brazil) was a Brazilian athlete who competed in the triple jump and the long jump.[1]

Born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo De Oliveira won two Olympic bronze medals. His personal best of 17.89 metres, set on October 15, 1975 in Pan American Games, stood as the world record until 1985. As of today, it is still in the top twenty of all-time best results in the event.[1]

In 1981, he was in a car accident near São Paulo in which he lost one leg. Afterward, he became a vocal advocate for the rights of the disabled. He died in 1999 from complications of alcoholism.

There exists some doubt on the judging of the 1980 Olympic men's triple jump final. Several jumps of winning distance by both Oliveira and Ian Campbell of Australia were adjudged as fouls by the all-Soviet judging panel, despite video replays showing this was not the case. One of Oliveira's jumps was estimated to be a new world record beyond eighteen metres. These decisions resulted in Soviet athletes Jaak Uudmäe and Viktor Saneev winning the competition with performances in the low 17-metre area. Harry Seinberg, coach to Uudmäe, confirmed off-the-record that the judging had leaned in favour of the home athletes.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "João Carlos de Oliveira". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Série de documentários retrata a emoção do esporte (in Portuguese). Estadao (2014-12-02). Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ Lane, Tim (2013-08-13). Cheating the only conclusion you can jump to. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
Preceded by
Viktor Sanyeyev
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
15 October 1975 – 16 June 1985
Succeeded by
Willie Banks
Preceded by
Muhammad Ali
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

Succeeded by
Alberto Juantorena