Pedro Pérez

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Pedro Damián Pérez Dueñas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo ˈpeɾes]; born February 23, 1952 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a retired triple jumper from Cuba. He set the world record in the men's triple jump event on August 5, 1971, jumping 17.40 metres, while still a 19-year-old Junior athlete, in the final of the Pan American Games. His mark was a centimeter improvement over the three-year-old record of Viktor Sanyeyev set as the last of 5 world record improvements during the 1968 Olympics emphasizing the advantage of jumping at altitude. Cali, Colombia is also considered at altitude. While Sanyeyev reclaimed the record at sea level in Sukhumi, the next record in succession by João Carlos de Oliveira was also set at altitude in Mexico City and lasted ten more years.

While he was the standing world record holder during the 1972 Olympics, he only managed a 15.72 and did not get out of the qualifying round. Four years later he was decidedly more competitive, taking the early lead in the final, slowly dissipating into 4th place.


Year Tournament Venue Result Distance
1970 Central American and Caribbean Games Panama City, Panama 1st 16.33 metres
1971 Central American and Caribbean Championships Kingston, Jamaica 1st 15.94 metres
Pan American Games Cali, Colombia 1st 17.40 metres
1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany 24th 15.72 metres
1974 Central American and Caribbean Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st 17.01 metres
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 4th 16.81 metres


Preceded by
Soviet Union Viktor Sanyeyev
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1971-08-05 — 1972-10-17
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Viktor Sanyeyev