Juantorena (right) at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. The 11th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF were held at Nagai Stadium
|Gold||1976 Montreal||400 m|
|Gold||1976 Montreal||800 m|
Alberto Juantorena Danger (born 3 December 1950) is a former Cuban track athlete. Athletics, known as Track and Field in the United States has been contested at every Summer Olympics since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Montreal, Quebec At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, 37 events were contested in athletics. The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Montreal, Quebec At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, 37 events were contested in athletics. Events 1800 - War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la At the 1976 Summer Olympics, White Lightning became the first and so far only athlete to win both the 400 and 800 m Olympic titles. The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Montreal, Quebec
Born in Santiago de Cuba, Juantorena first played basketball, until he was discovered by a Polish track coach, Zygmunt Zabierzowski, who convinced him to start running. Santiago de Cuba is the capital city of Santiago de Cuba Province in the south-eastern area of the island nation of Cuba Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Poland (Polska officially the Republic of Poland Only a year later, Juantorena was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 400 m event at the Munich Olympics (1972). The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Munich, in what was
He became better known in the next years, winning a gold medal at the World University Games (1973) and a silver at the 1975 Pan American Games, both in the 400 m. The Universiade is an International Multi-sport event, organized for University athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU The Pan American Games are a Multi-sport event, held every four years between competitors from all nations of The Americas. He only seriously took up running the 800 m in 1976, but few thought he was a serious candidate for the Olympic gold that year.
However, Juantorena made it to the Olympic final, and led the field for most of the race, eventually winning in a world record time of 1:43. A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline usually a Sports event 50. Three days later, he also won the 400 m final, setting a low-altitude world record of 44. 26.
Juantorena, now known at home as El Caballo (the horse), continued his career, although he would never reach the same level as in Montreal. He just missed out on a medal in the 400 m at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, placing fourth. The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Moscow in the Soviet At the 1983 World Championships, his last international appearance in a major event, he broke his foot when he stepped on the inside of the track after qualifying in the first round of the 800m. Juantorena later served as the Vice Minister of Sports for Cuba.
|Men's 800 metres World Record Holder|
1976-07-16 – 1979-07-05
João Carlos de Oliveira
|United Press International|
Athlete of the Year
1976 – 1977
|Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year|
1976 – 1977
|Men's 800 metres Best Year Performance|
1976 – 1977
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Alberto Juantorena Danger|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Cuban track athlete|
|DATE OF BIRTH||3 December 1950|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Santiago de Cuba|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|