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Baha'i Athlete Receives Olympic Gold Medal
« on: September 24, 2008, 07:26:03 PM »

Nelson Evora, Bahá'í Athlete,
Wins Olympic Gold Medal in Triple Jump

Nelson Evora competed in the triple jump at the World Championships in Osaka. 

Baha'i Athlete in 2008 Olympics

Track & Field

Born: April 20, 1984
Ht: / Wt: 5'11" / 141 lbs
Olympics: 2004
Event(s): Triple jump

Olympic Return
Nelson Evora will represent Portugal at the Olympics for the second time in his career this summer in Bejing, where he figures to contend for the gold medal in the men's triple jump. In Athens in 2004, Evora jumped 51 feet, 7 inches and finished 40th. No Portuguese man has ever won an Olympic medal in the event.

Strong Season
Heading into the Olympic year, Evora will definitely have momentum on his side following a spectacular showing in 2007, when he posted 14 podium finishes, including nine victories, in 18 starts. The highlight came in Osaka, where he won gold at the World Championships at 58-2 1/2, a mark that broke the Portuguese national record, established a new person best, and ranked No. 2 in the world on the season.

On the Rise
In 2006, Evora finished sixth in the triple jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and fourth in the triple jump final and sixth in the long jump final at the European Championships in Gothenburg, where he set the national record of 56-6 1/2 in the triple jump during qualification heats. 

Nelson Evora competed in the triple jump at the World Championships in Osaka.

A Jump on the Competition
Evora established himself as one of the world's promising jumpers during 2003, when he won gold in both the long jump and triple jump at the European Junior Championships in Tampere.

Cape Crusader
He represented Cape Verde until 2002, when he got Portuguese citizenship.  Born in Cote D'Ivoire, where his parents had come to live from Cape Verde, Nelson relocated to Portugal when he was five years old.  He still holds the Cape Verdean records in both the long jump (24-10) and the triple jump (53-0).

Man of Faith
Evora is a member of the Baha'i Faith, which is a religion founded in 19th-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. According to Baha'i  teachings, religious history has unfolded through a series of God's messengers who brought teachings suited for the capacity of the people at their time, and whose fundamental purpose is the same. There are about six million Baha'is in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

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