Pablo Morales

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Pablo Morales
Personal information
Full namePedro Pablo Morales Jr.
National teamUnited States
Born (1964-12-05) December 5, 1964 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight187 lb (85 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
College teamStanford University
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles 4x100 m medley
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 4x100 m medley
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles 200 m medley
World Championships (LC)
Gold medal – first place 1986 Madrid 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1986 Madrid 4x100 m medley
Pan Pacific Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Tokyo 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1985 Tokyo 200 m medley
Gold medal – first place 1985 Tokyo 4x100 m medley
Gold medal – first place 1987 Brisbane 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1987 Brisbane 4x100 m medley
Gold medal – first place 1989 Tokyo 4x100 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Brisbane 200 m medley
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1983 Caracas 100 m butterfly

Pedro Pablo Morales Jr. (born December 5, 1964) is an American former competitive swimmer. He set world records in the 100-meter butterfly in 1984 and 1986. He was the 100-meter butterfly gold medalist at the 1992 Olympic Games, as well as winning 4 × 100 meter medley relay gold medals at both the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games. He also won 100-meter butterfly and 4 × 100 meter medley relay gold medals at the 1986 World Championships.

Biography[edit]

Morales attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, in San Jose, California, and trained under the supervision of Larry Rogers.

Morales won a relay gold and two silver medals swimming butterfly at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and set the world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the US Olympic Trials that year with a time of 53.38 seconds, as well as setting relay records with teammates Rick Carey, Steve Lundquist and Rowdy Gaines. After losing the 100-meter butterfly world record to German swimmer Michael Gross in 1984, he regained it in 1986 with a swim of 52.84 seconds. This record stood until 1995.

In 1988, on the heels of a record 11th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) individual championship at Stanford University, Morales surprisingly failed to qualify for the 1988 Olympics.

After briefly retiring from the sport to pursue a JD degree at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, Morales returned to swimming and qualified for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he was the US team captain and captured gold in the 100-meter butterfly.

Coaching career[edit]

Morales is currently the head women's swimming and diving coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Pablo Morales". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  • Pablo Morales (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame


Records
Preceded by
Men's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

June 26, 1984 – July 30, 1984
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Men's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

June 23, 1986 – August 23, 1995
Succeeded by