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Medal record

Iván Pedroso
Men’s Athletics
Competitor for  Cuba
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney Long jump
World Championships
Gold 1995 Gothenburg Long jump
Gold 1997 Athens Long jump
Gold 1999 Sevilla Long jump
Gold 2001 Edmonton Long jump
Pan American Games
Gold 1995 Mar del Plata Long jump
Gold 1999 Winnipeg Long jump
Gold 2003 Santo Domingo Long jump

Iván Lázaro Pedroso Soler (born December 17, 1972 in La Habana) is a retired Cuban athlete specializing in long jump.

In July 1990, still at the age of 17, Pedroso jumped more than 8 meters for the first time. Facing tough competition from Carl Lewis, Mike Powell and others, he still won numerous gold medals in international competitions in the early nineties. He almost never finished in less than first place. When Powell and Lewis retired, Pedroso became a dominant athlete, winning numerous indoor and outdoor World Championships. In fact he won all major championships from 1997 to 2001, including an Olympic gold medal in Sydney.

At altitude in Sestriere in 1995, Iván Pedroso jumped 8.96 meters with a measured wind of +1.2. This would have been the world record, beating Mike Powell by one centimeter. However, the Italian Athletics Federation did not forward the result to the IAAF for ratification, since the wind mark was declared invalid because a person stood in front of the anemometer, probably intercepting the correct wind measurement.[1] [2]

Despite his great success in the World Championships, due to injuries, he did not make a great impact on the Olympic Games like former rival Carl Lewis. He did finish 4th at the age of 19 in Barcelona 1992, but in Atlanta 1996 he had injury troubles and could only finish 12th in the long jump final. In the 2000 Olympics (Sydney), Pedroso spectacularly won the gold medal with his last jump. In a tough contest at the 2004 Olympics, he finished 7th. Pedroso has not entered in any major championships since, although he still had several jumps over 8 metres.

On 26 September 2007, Pedroso announced his retirement. His best jump was officially 8.71 meters, in Salamanca 1995. [3]

Pedroso is a cousin of the hurdler Aliuska López.


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 4th
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th
World Cup La Habana, Cuba 1st
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 1st
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany NM
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 8.51 CR
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st
Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 12th
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 8.51 =CR
World Championships Athens, Greece 1st
Universiade Catania, Italy 1st 8.40 CR
1998 World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 1st
Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 1st 8.45 CR
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 1st 8.62 CR
World Championships Sevilla, Spain 1st
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 1st
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st
2002 World Cup Madrid, Spain 2nd
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dom. Republic 1st
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 8th
Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 7th
2006 Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 2nd
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th


  1. ^ Long Jump Record Unlikely to Be Ratified, International Herald Tribune, August 5, 1995
  2. ^ Pedroso officially retires, IAAF website, December 15, 2007
  3. ^ IAAF Athlete Biography - IAAF website, August 20, 2008

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Erick Walder
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Erick Walder
Preceded by
United States Erick Walder
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Jamaica James Beckford
Preceded by
Jamaica James Beckford
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
1999 — 2000
Succeeded by
Jamaica James Beckford

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