Ovidio de Jesús

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Ovidio de Jesús
Personal information
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1933-02-06)6 February 1933
Río Grande, Puerto Rico
Died 3 October 2011(2011-10-03) (aged 78)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400m hurdles, 4×400m

Ovidio de Jesús Vargas (6 February 1933 – 3 October 2011)[1] was a Puerto Rican sprinter.


His international career began it in the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico City, Mexico conquering their first medals, silver in the 4 x 400 meters, relay bronze in the 400 meters and fourth in the 400 m safety fences. His consecration in the CAC games, became in the 1959 Central American and Caribbean Games in Caracas, Venezuela, winning three gold medals and be with his partner, Manuel Rivera, the top figures of the delegation. Their gold medals came in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.42, beating out the favorite, the Venezuelan Víctor Maldonado. His second gold was dramatic, overcome in the goal to its arch-rival, Iván Rodríguez in the 400 meters.

Ovidio De Jesus was one of 23 members of the first delegation of Puerto Rico in the 1955 Pan American Games held in Mexico City, Mexico by participating in the 400 meters and the relay of 4 x 400 meters that arrived in fourth place, losing the bronze medal at the finish line with Venezuela. Four years later, at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, Illinois competing in the 400 and 400 m hurdles.

He competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia and in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.[2]


  1. ^ "Fallece Ovidio de Jesús, destacado atleta de los años 50 y 60". primerahora.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ovidio de Jesús Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.