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Medal record
Irving Saladino, Gold Medalist at Athletics World Championship 2007
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Panama
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Long jump
World Championships
Gold 2007 Osaka Long jump
World Indoor Championships
Silver 2006 Moscow Long jump

Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda (born January 23, 1983) is a Panamanian long jumper. He is the current Olympic champion, and Panama's first Olympic gold medallist.

Saladino was born in Colón, Panama.

At the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships he finished second with a new South American indoor record of 8.29 metres. In 2006 he won five (Oslo, Rome, Zurich, Brussels, Berlin) out of six Golden League events in the same season, which earned him a total of $83,333. His only defeat was in Paris where he was second. With 8.56 metres achieved in May 2006 he became the South American record holder.

The 2006 world leader in the long jump, Saladino launched his 2007 season with the farthest leap of the year, 8.53m (-0.2 m/s wind), to capture the victory at the "Grande Prêmio Rio Caixa de Atletismo", held in Rio de Janeiro on May 13, 2007. On 24 May 2008, Saladino achieved a new personal record. During the FBK-Games in Hengelo, Saladino jumped with his first attempt to 8.73m (+1.2 m/s wind).

He carried the flag for his native country at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 30 August 2007 Saladino became the World Champion in Osaka. He led with the mark of 8.30 metres from his second attempt, then improved to 8.46 m, until the penultimate jump of the contest, when he was overtaken by Andrew Howe who signed 8.47 m. Saladino was able to earn the gold medal on the last attempt of the contest, in which he jumped 8.57 m.

Saladino competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, where he made history in Central America and his country, Panama, by winning the Gold Medal in the long jump competition on 18 August 2008, with a jump of 8.34 meters, giving Panama their first Olympic medal since the 1948 Summer Olympics, and their first gold ever.[1]. This is also the first Olympic gold medal ever won in a men's event by an athlete from Central America.

On 21 August 2008 after winning Olympic gold, he arrived to Panama a national hero. Government offices and public schools were closed in honor of him so that public servants were able to attend a parade through Panama City. At a welcoming ceremony, Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán presented the Olympic gold medal to Irving Saladino for a second time. Martin Torrijos, President of Panama, announced a decree to name a sports facility in the Villa Deportiva in Juan Díaz after Saladino and granted a check to him for 50,000 U.S. dollars. Also, Ruben Blades performed the song "Patria" (Motherland) in front of thousands of cheering Panamanians.


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
2003 South American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 3rd 7.46 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 8.29 m (AR)
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 8.28 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 8.57 m (AR)
2008 FBK Games Hengelo 1st 8.73 m (AR)
Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 8.34 m


  1. ^ Saladino leaps into history with Panama's first Athletics gold, Official Olympics site

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Dwight Phillips
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Greece Louis Tsatoumas
Preceded by
Greece Louis Tsatoumas
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Dwight Phillips


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