Pedro Pichardo

Pedro Pichardo in a file photo (Image Credits - Twitter)

Pedro Pablo Pichardo Peralta, better known as Pedro Pichardo, is a Cuban-born Portuguese triple jumper who currently holds the Olympic, World, and European titles. His 17.98 meters Portuguese national record helped him win the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. Pichardo rose to prominence after winning the World Junior Championship in 2012. In April 2017, he signed a contract with S.L. Benfica, and in December 2017, he became a citizen of Portugal, which he now represents internationally. He is presently the world no.1 triple jumper in the world according to World Athletics Rankings. Pedro, who has a personal best of 18.08 m and is one of only five athletes to have jumped higher than 18 m.

Junior Athletic Career

Pichardo claimed the gold medal at the World Championship Junior in the year 2012. Besides that, he was also the Central American and Caribbean Junior Champion in the same year.

Senior Professional Career

Pichardo continued his success from the junior level in the senior circuit immediately. After becoming the world junior champion in 2012, he followed it with a silver medal in the World Championship 2013 held in Moscow with a jump of 17.68 m. Representing Cuba, he went on to win the World Indoor Championships silver medal in 2014 which took place in Sopot, Poland. He won his second silver medal at the world championships 2015 that was held in Beijing, China with a best jump of 17.73m. Pichardo leapt 18.08 m at the Copa Cuba-Memorial Barrientos meet in Havana on May 28, 2015, improving his own Cuban national record established two weeks earlier by 2 cm.

Pichardo vanished from the Cuban national team’s meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, in April 2017, only to reappear days later in Portugal. He earned Portuguese citizenship on 7 December after signing a deal with Portuguese club S.L. Benfica on 27 April, and has been eligible to compete for Portugal on the international stage since August 2019. Pichardo’s first big competition in which he represented Portugal was the 2019 World Championships, where he finished fourth in the final.

Pichardo set Portugal’s triple jump record of 17.95 m on May 4, 2018, winning a gold medal at the Diamond League 2018. He also won gold medals at the IAAF Diamond League in 2019 with a personal season best of 17.53 m and at the 2020 IAAF Diamond League with a mark of 17.40 m. Pichardo represented Portugal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on August 5, 2021 and earned the nation’s fifth gold medal ever. His jump of 17.98 m in the final was also a Portuguese National Record.  In the year 2022, he became the World Champion (Outdoor), European Champion, and won the silver medal in the World Championship Indoor held in Belgrade.

Medals at Major Championships

Event Total Gold Silver Bronze
Olympics 1 1 0 0
World Championships 3 1 2 0
Diamond League 2 2 0 0
World Indoor Championships 1 0 1 0
European Championships 1 1 0 0
European Indoor Championships 1 1 0 0

Greatest Rivalry

Pedro Pichardo’s greatest rival is Christian Taylor. Taylor is the Rio Olympics champion and ranks second-best on the list of all-time triple jumpers’.

Records set at Major Events

Event Best Result Jump
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 17.98 m
World Championships Eugene, Oregon 2022 17.95 m
European Championships Munich 17.50 m

Personal Life

Pedro Pichardo married Arialis Gandulla, who is also a track and field athlete. She specializes in sprint disciplines. The couple has a daughter named Rosalis Maria.

Gallery

Pedro Pichardo in action at the Oregon 22 (Image Credits - World Athletics)

Pedro Pichardo in action at the Oregon 22 (Image Credits - World Athletics)

Pedro Pichardo in action during World Championship 2022 (Image Credits - Twitter)

Pedro Pichardo in action during World Championship 2022 (Image Credits - Twitter)

Pedro Pichardo at Tokyo 2020 (Image Credits - World Athletics)

Pedro Pichardo at Tokyo 2020 (Image Credits - World Athletics)

Pedro Pichardo in action Tokyo Olympics 2020 (Image Credits - Olympics.com)

Pedro Pichardo in action Tokyo Olympics 2020 (Image Credits - Olympics.com)