Joaquim Cruz, the only Brazilian to win the Olympic gold
medal on the track, showed early his potential and, with just 18
years old, he broke the 800m junior world record with the time
of 1:44.3. Later, he moved to United States where he became, in
1984, university champion in 800m and 1,500m.
this great background,
Joaquim Cruz arrived to the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games among
the favorites and confident to win the gold medal. He was well
prepared and gradually improved the times in the qualifying
rounds: 1:45.66, 1:44.84 and 1:43.82. In the final, he won the
gold medal with the new Olympic record of 1.43.0.
years later, in Seoul Olympic Games, Joaquim Cruz achieved
easily the 800m final. The period between Los Angeles and Seoul
was glorious (Joaquim ran the second best time for the 800m with
1:41.77) but also replete of injure problems. However, Joaquim
was in shape and had great chances to win his second gold medal,
but a Kenyan surpassed him just 50 meters to the finish. Joaquim
Cruz earn the silver medal with the time of 1:43.90.
History of Athletics