Jorge González (athlete)

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Jorge "Peco" González
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Puerto Rico
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1983 Caracas Marathon
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Indianapolis Marathon
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Havana Marathon
Gold medal – first place 1990 Mexico City Marathon

Jorge Luis ("Peco") González (born 20 December 1952 in Utuado, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican Olympic runner. He has won many races and competed in many international events, such as the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Olympic Games. In 1982, he set the all-time record at the Ponce Marathon which has not yet (2013) been broken.[1]


González was very famous in Puerto Rico, where people know him as Peco (after Pecos Bill, the fastest cowboy to ever live). Puerto Ricans had high hopes on him, specially at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California, but he didn't win any Olympic medals.

The height of his fame was during the 1980s, when he would do national tours across Puerto Rico, to sign autographs at department stores and be featured on television commercials.

González was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico Utuado, where he still lives. There is a stadium named Peco González Stadium in Utuado.

González first marriage to Aida Luz Reyes resulted in his one and only daughter, Katherine Gónzalez - who currently lives in the United States.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Puerto Rico
1982 Central American and Caribbean Games Havana, Cuba 1st Marathon 2:26:40
1983 Pan American Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st Marathon 2:12:43 (NR)
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 13th Marathon 2:14:00
Montreal International Marathon Montréal, Canada 1st Marathon 2:12:48
Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:16:25
1987 Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 3rd Marathon 2:21:14
1990 Montreal International Marathon Montréal, Canada 1st Marathon 2:16:18
Central American and Caribbean Games Mexico City, Mexico 1st Marathon 2:18:55
1992 Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, United States 1st Marathon 2:17:33
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain Marathon DNF

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  1. ^ Favoritos del Maratón La Guadalupe. Junior Lugo Marrero. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 29. Issue. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2014.

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