Jadel GREGÓRIO

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Brazil Brazil
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    16 SEP 1980
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    177276
Jadel Gregorio of Brazil on his way to the silver medal in the men's Triple Jump final (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.00 +0.3 Sao Paulo (BRA) 14 MAR 2009
High Jump 2.10 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 27 MAR 1999
Long Jump 8.22 -1.2 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 JUN 2004
Long Jump 8.26 +3.1 Dakar (SEN) 28 APR 2007
Triple Jump 17.90 +0.4 Belém (BRA) 20 MAY 2007 AR
4x100 Metres Relay 41.75 Mar del Plata (ARG) 04 MAY 2010

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.82 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005
Triple Jump 17.56 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006 AR

Latest Active Season: 2017

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Triple Jump 13.59 +0.3 San Diego, CA (USA) 22 APR 2017
Triple Jump 14.11 +2.5 Chula Vista, CA (USA) 27 MAY 2017

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 11.00 +0.3 Sao Paulo (BRA) 14 MAR 2009

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
1999 2.10 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 27 MAR 1999
1998 2.03 Americana (BRA) 28 FEB 1998

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2012 7.55 -0.4 Fortaleza (BRA) 09 MAY 2012
2011 7.74 -1.2 Sao Paulo (BRA) 17 JUN 2011
2010 7.61 +1.0 Velletri (ITA) 17 JUL 2010
2008 7.82 -1.1 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 18 MAY 2008
2007 7.99 0.0 Torino (ITA) 08 JUN 2007
2006 8.05 -0.1 Gateshead (GBR) 11 JUN 2006
2005 8.06 +0.7 Sao Paulo (BRA) 16 JUN 2005
2004 8.22 -1.2 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 JUN 2004
2003 7.89 +1.6 Sao Paulo (BRA) 12 JUN 2003
2002 8.02 +1.4 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 26 SEP 2002
2001 7.86 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 22 APR 2001
2000 7.58 0.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 03 AUG 2000

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 13.59 +0.3 San Diego, CA (USA) 22 APR 2017
2016 16.36 +1.6 La Jolla, CA (USA) 23 APR 2016
2015 16.06 NWI San Diego, CA (USA) 21 MAR 2015
2014 16.42 -0.6 Sao Paulo (BRA) 10 OCT 2014
2013 16.55 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 08 JUN 2013
2012 16.99 +1.5 Sao Paulo (BRA) 01 JUL 2012
2011 16.87 -0.3 Sao Paulo (BRA) 26 JUN 2011
2010 16.98 -0.5 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 23 MAY 2010
2009 17.12 +1.3 Paris-St-Denis (FRA) 17 JUL 2009
2008 17.30 -0.2 Lausanne (SUI) 02 SEP 2008
2007 17.90 +0.4 Belém (BRA) 20 MAY 2007
2006 17.54 +0.8 Lausanne (SUI) 11 JUL 2006
2005 17.73 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 19 JUN 2005
2004 17.72 +1.4 Sao Paulo (BRA) 06 JUN 2004
2003 17.11 +0.4 Torino (ITA) 06 JUN 2003
2002 17.11 +0.9 Lausanne (SUI) 02 JUL 2002
2001 17.13 -0.7 Sao Paulo (BRA) 18 MAR 2001
2000 16.48 Sao Paulo (BRA) 11 JUN 2000
1999 16.07 +1.4 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 01 MAY 1999

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2010 41.75 Mar del Plata (ARG) 04 MAY 2010

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2012/13 7.57 Moskva (RUS) 03 FEB 2013
2008/09 7.49 Praha (CZE) 26 FEB 2009
2005/06 7.66 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2006
2004/05 7.82 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005
2002/03 7.62 Leverkusen (GER) 14 FEB 2003

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2015/16 15.38 Coolidge (USA) 27 FEB 2016
2013/14 15.95 Edmonton (CAN) 18 JAN 2014
2012/13 16.43 Moskva (RUS) 23 JAN 2013
2009/10 16.92 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2010
2008/09 17.11 Karlsruhe (GER) 15 FEB 2009
2005/06 17.56 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
2004/05 17.21 Karlsruhe (GER) 13 FEB 2005
2003/04 17.46 Karlsruhe (GER) 15 FEB 2004
2002/03 17.09 Birmingham (GBR) 21 FEB 2003
2001/02 17.35 Samara (RUS) 03 FEB 2002

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Triple Jump 17.31 0.0 Athina (GRE) 22 AUG 2004
6. Triple Jump 17.20 +0.2 Beijing (CHN) 21 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.59 +0.3 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007
5. Triple Jump 17.11 +0.2 Paris (FRA) 25 AUG 2003
6. Triple Jump 17.20 0.0 Helsinki (FIN) 11 AUG 2005
8. Triple Jump 16.89 -0.1 Berlin (GER) 18 AUG 2009

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.56 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
2. Triple Jump 17.43 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004
6. Triple Jump 16.78 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
6. Triple Jump 16.86 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.41 -0.3 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
5. Triple Jump 16.61 +2.2 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002

Honours - South American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 16.76 +0.9 Barquisimeto (VEN) 21 JUN 2003
1. Triple Jump 16.98 +1.4 Manaus (BRA) 20 MAY 2001
5. Long Jump 7.22 +1.3 Manaus (BRA) 19 MAY 2001

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.27 +0.5 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007
2. Triple Jump 17.03 -1.2 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.09 +0.1 Stuttgart (GER) 13 SEP 2008
2. Triple Jump 17.12 +1.1 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
2. Triple Jump 17.32 +1.0 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005
4. Triple Jump 17.13 +0.3 Monaco (MON) 18 SEP 2004
4. Triple Jump 16.91 +0.5 Monaco (MON) 14 SEP 2003
6. Triple Jump 16.95 0.0 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
8. Triple Jump 15.38 +0.7 Thessaloniki (GRE) 12 SEP 2009

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 16.90 -1.3 Guatemala City (GUA) 12 MAY 2002

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Triple Jump 16.92 +1.2 Beijing (CHN) 31 AUG 2001

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 16.99 +1.5 Sao Paulo (BRA) 01 JUL 2012
1. Triple Jump 16.96 +0.1 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 07 JUN 2009
1. Triple Jump 17.28 -0.7 Sao Paulo (BRA) 29 JUN 2008
1. Triple Jump 17.70 +1.1 Sao Paulo (BRA) 24 JUN 2007
1. Triple Jump 17.73 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 19 JUN 2005
1. Triple Jump 17.72 +1.4 Sao Paulo (BRA) 06 JUN 2004
1. Long Jump 8.22 -1.2 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 JUN 2004
1. Triple Jump 17.05 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 14 JUN 2003
1. Triple Jump 16.89 +0.5 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 SEP 2002
1. Long Jump 8.02 +1.4 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 26 SEP 2002
1. Triple Jump 16.83 +3.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 21 JUL 2001
Results in:

Triple Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
22 APR 2017 San Diego Triton Invitational USAUSA F F2 8. 13.59 +0.3
27 MAY 2017 Chula Vista CVEATC High Performance Meet USAUSA F F 6. 14.11 +2.5


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Updated 29 July 2008

Jadel GREGÓRIO, Brazil (Triple Jump)

Born 16 September 1980, Jandaia do Sul, Paraná, Brazil
2.02m / 102kg
Lives: Gateshead, Great Britain
Coach: Peter Stanley

Jadel Gregório could have been a basketball star. With his powerful body of 2.02m in height and more than 100kg in weight, he would have been able to fight for a place in the NBA. But, from the very beginning, he had different sporting plans. He fell in love with athletics at first sight and has never quit. When he was young, he practiced many disciplines successfully, but his final destiny was the Triple Jump. Now he wants to follow in a glorious Brazilian Olympic tradition.

Although Gregório was born in Jandaia do Sul, a small town in the state of Paraná, his family moved to Marília when he was only 2 years old. There he discovered athletics, together with soccer, as does every small boy in Brazil. But he chose the first one. “I remember watching a lot of competitions and always looking forward to being chosen to be part of them,” he said. “I wanted to be there and give my best. That was what attracted me to the sport.”

At the beginning, he performed well at almost every discipline: hurdles, throws, jumps, but especially at High Jump, his favourite. That was why Nélio Alfano Moura, the coach who helped him to reach international level, first thought of taking him to Decathlon. Moura asked him to move to Sao Paulo to join Projeto Futuro (development programme) at the Ibirapuera Park. After the first training weeks and competitions, he tempted him into the Triple Jump. “I began to train more seriously there. I had to wake up earlier than usual”, Gregório laughed.

In 1999, Gregório achieved his first international successes, being bronze medallist at the Pan American Junior Championships, and achieving a golden double at the South American Junior Championships (Long and Triple Jump). That was the beginning of a successful career. In 2001, he surpassed the 17m barrier and won the South American Senior Championships in Manaus. In 2002, he broke the South American indoor record twice, establishing it at 17.35, in Samara, Russia.

At the same time, another Samara appeared in Gregório’s life. He fell in love with Samara Abdul Ghani, one of the physiotherapists at the BM&F Athletics Club. This girl, of Lebanese origin, would change Gregório’s life in the near future.

From 2002 to 2004, the Brazilian built a continuous streak of medal-winning and near medal-winning performances in regional and global championships. He became one of the top 10 triple jumpers in the world and has never abandoned this group.

In 2004, he won the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships, in Budapest. But he wanted a podium place at the outdoor World Championships and the Olympic Games. “I can’t complain, because I made it to the finals in both the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, and finished 5th at the 2004 Olympic Games,” he said. “But everybody wants more. I’m gonna fight for the medals.”

For that reason, Gregório left Brazil at the end of 2005 and moved to Great Britain to train with Peter Stanley, former advisor to the current World record holder, Jonathan Edwards. He admitted to being a big fan of the great British jumper, against whom he had the opportunity to compete. “Jonathan is a very simple and humble person,” Gregório said. “He’s the best triple jumper of all time.”

But this was not the only big change in Gregório’s life during 2005. He married Samara and wanted to change his name into a Muslim one: Jade Abdul Ghani Gregório. Moreover, he converted to Muslim religion. Nowadays, they have a boy called Jade and a little girl called Sahara. “My family is my place in the world. They support me everyday”, he said.

Since then, the Brazilian has repeated his second place at the World Indoor Championships (Moscow 2006), with an area indoor record of 17.56, and he was second at the 2006 World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, and at the World Cup in Athens.

In 2007, during the GP Brazil of Belem, Gregório jumped 17.90, breaking the South American record of 17.89 that João Carlos de Oliveira had established 32 years before in Mexico (a World record at the time). Now he is a main candidate to break the mythical 18m mark. Pedro Henrique de Toledo, who coached de Oliveira, says: “Jadel has the potential to do it: Perhaps all he needs if a little bit of luck”.

Gregório delighted the crowd at Rio de Janeiro during the Pan American Games, in July, when he won with 17.27. A couple of weeks later he attained one of his goals: he was silver medallist at the World Championships, in Osaka, beaten only by Portuguese Nelson Evora.

But he knows he can do better, and become the next Olympic medallist for Brazil in the Triple Jump: Adhemar Ferreira da Silva won two titles (Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956); Nélson Prudencio achieved silver in Mexico in 1968 and bronze in Munich in 1972; and de Oliveira grabbed two bronze medals (Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980). All three are former World record holders.

“To be able to look back at such a huge history full of champions means a lot to me, like to the rest of our athletes,” Gregório said. “They were all great stars: they brought prestige to our sport and a remarkable contribution to my country. I’m always pleased to remember their names and their accomplishments.” It will be really difficult for him to emulate them, but he knows he has the potential to do it.

Since travelling means a big effort to him, Gregório decided to compete less during the 2008 season so as to focus on improving his technique. That was why he did not go to the World Indoor Championships, in Valencia, and stayed in Cuba for a couple of months for training instead. “Cuban technique is the best one”, he insisted.


Personal Bests:

Triple Jump: 17.90, AR (2007)/17.56i AR (2006)
High Jump: 2.10 (1999)
Long Jump: 8.22 (2004); 8.26w (2007)


Yearly Progression

Triple Jump: 1999: 16.18; 2000: 16.48; 2001: 17.13; 2002: 17.35i/17.11; 2003: 17.11/17.37w; 2004: 17.72; 2005: 17.73; 2006: 17.56i/17.54; 2007: 17.90 (AR), 2008: 17.28.


Career Highlights

1999 3rd Pan American Junior Championships (Tampa)  15.90
 1st South American Junior Championships (Concepción) 16.18
 1st South American Junior Championships (Concepción)   7.36 (LJ)
2001 1st South American Championships (Manaus)   16.98
 3rd World University Games (Beijing)    16.92
2002 1st Ibero-American Championships (Guatemala)  16.90
 5th World Cup (Madrid)      16.61
 4th Grand Prix Final (Paris)                17.01
2003 6th World Indoor Championships (Birmingham)   16.86
1st South American Championships (Barquisimeto)  16.76
2nd Pan American Games (Santo Domingo)   17.03
5th World Championships (Paris)     17.11
4th World Athletics Final (Monaco)     16.95
2004 2nd World Indoor Championships (Budapest)   17.43
5th Olympic Games (Athens)     17.31
4th World Athletics Final (Monaco)     17.13
2005 6th World Championships (Helsinki)    17.20
2nd World Athletics Final (Monaco)    17.32
2006 2nd World Indoor Championships (Moscow)   17.56
2nd World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)    17.12
2nd World Cup (Athens)      17.41
2007 1st Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro)   17.27
 2nd World Championships (Osaka)    17.59
 6th World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)    16.95

Prepared by Víctor Pochat for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. © IAAF 2008.

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