Jefferson Sabino

Athlete Profile

    Brazil Brazil
    04 NOV 1982
Brazilian triple jumper Jefferson Sabino (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Long Jump 7.54 +0.7 São Caetano do Sul 15 APR 2000
Triple Jump 17.28 +1.5 São Paulo 25 APR 2008

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Triple Jump 17.06 Samara 04 FEB 2006

Progression - Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 7.36 +1.9 São Paulo 02 MAR
2000 7.54 +0.7 São Caetano do Sul 15 APR

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 16.35 -1.0 São Bernardo do Campo (Arena Caixa) 03 JUL
2015 16.62 +0.9 São Bernardo do Campo (Arena Caixa) 19 APR
2014 16.44 +0.7 Santiago de Chile (E.Nacional) 16 MAR
2013 16.94 +1.8 São Paulo (IDCM) 09 JUN
2012 16.90 -1.0 Cali 23 JUN
2011 17.07 +0.4 São Paulo 07 AUG
2010 16.86 +1.8 Buenos Aires 06 MAY
2009 17.09 -0.6 Fortaleza 10 MAY
2008 17.28 +1.5 São Paulo 25 APR
2007 16.90 +1.8 São Paulo 13 JUN
2006 17.22 +0.2 Belém (Mangueirão) 21 MAY
2005 16.75 +0.2 São Paulo 19 JUN
2004 16.62 +1.4 São Paulo 06 JUN
2003 16.66 -0.6 São Caetano do Sul 27 APR
2002 16.45 +1.9 São Caetano do Sul 09 MAR
2001 16.01 +1.7 Londrina 30 SEP
2000 15.78 -2.0 Manaus 03 SEP

Progression - Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2012 16.67 Istanbul (Ataköy Arena) 10 MAR
2011 16.59 Eaubonne 11 FEB
2010 16.49 Doha (Aspire Dome) 12 MAR
2007 16.72 Samara 03 FEB
2006 17.06 Samara 04 FEB

Honours - Long Jump

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 18q2 6.94 -0.5 Santiago de Chile (E.Nacional) 21 OCT 2000

Honours - Triple Jump

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
14th IAAF World Championships 8q1 16.49 +1.1 Moskva (Luzhniki) 16 AUG 2013
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 10q1 16.67 Istanbul (Ataköy Arena) 10 MAR 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9q2 16.51 -0.1 Daegu (DS) 02 SEP 2011
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 12q1 16.49 Doha (Aspire Dome) 12 MAR 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 15q1 16.34 -0.6 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 16 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 15q1 16.45 +1.0 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 14q2 16.34 -0.1 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 25 AUG 2007
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7q2 16.55 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR 2006
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 9q1 15.48 -1.4 Santiago de Chile (E.Nacional) 19 OCT 2000

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Updated 31 July 2008

Jefferson Dias SABINO, Brazil (Triple Jump)

Born 4 November 1982, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil
1.92m / 94kg
Lives: São Paulo
Coach: Nélio Alfano Moura
Club: Clube de Atletismo BM&F (BM&F Athletics Club)

It is a common South American story. An athlete is discovered by chance and, despite not concentrating on the sport until well into his teenage years, he benefits from strong leadership and goes on to stand out internationally.

Jefferson Dias Sabino is one of the newest gems of Brazilian athletics. Before joining this sport, at the age of 14, he used to play basketball. One of the BM&F Athletics Club coaches was dazzled with his height and huge body. Nevertheless, he convinced Sabino to quit basketball after he practised both sports for a whole year.
At that time, Sabino had not only changed sports, but moved from Guarulhos suburbs to Sao Paulo city as well. Led by Nélio Alfano Moura – Jadel Gregório’s first coach and present coach to Maurren Higa Maggi and Keila Costa da Silva - Sabino began to learn jumping techniques. After three seasons, he competed at the 2000 World Junior Championships, in Santiago, Chile, both in Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Sabino had a promising future. However, as he was young, he preferred to attend University as well. Therefore, he combined training with Publicity and Advertising lessons. “When I retire from athletics, I’d like to work in sports marketing, so as to make use of all the experience I will have at that time”, he explained.

Because of the time Sabino dedicated to University, and being out of competition for five months in 2003 with a broken left ankle, he could not reach his best performance during those seasons. However, he did manage to improve his PB little by little.

In 2005, Sabino achieved his first regional great result; winning the gold medal at the South American Championships, in Cali. The following year, he was second to Gregório at the GP in Brazil (17.22 PB), surpassing 17 metres for the first time and defeating Cuban Yoandri Betanzos. “Now I know I can compete with the best athletes,” he said. “Although I had faith I could beat Betanzos that day, I didn’t believe I could reach 17 metres”, he declared.

Thanks to that mark, Sabino was invited to take part in top European meetings. Up to that moment, he had competed only in South America. But now, the Brazilian Athletics Confederation took him to training sessions in Formia, Italy.

In 2007, Sabino recorded his greatest international achievement, winning the gold medal at the Ibero American Championships in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and a place among the Pan American Games podium candidates in Rio de Janeiro. “I was in good shape, but I finished fourth,” he remembered. “However, jumping in front of so many Brazilian spectators was a unique experience. That’s something my brother would not be able to live through”, he added, talking about his younger brother, who is starting to get good results in the Triple Jump and wants to follow his steps.

A few weeks later Sabino took part in his first senior World Championships, in Osaka, but could not pass the qualification round. He did not allow himself to dwell on disappointment and kept training hard for the future. “I needed to be patient and kept on focused on my training sessions,” he said. “I knew I would improve little by little. I was happy with the results, but not satisfied.”

In April 2008, Sabino achieved not only his PB at a meeting in São Paulo with 17.28, but also the A qualifying standard for Beijing. Thus he will be both Gregório’s partner and competitor at the Olympic Games. “I know that, if I repeat that mark, I can reach the Final on my first Olympics,” he said. “Anyway, I don’t want to be anxious. Otherwise it may be disadvantageous. It would surely be exciting to finally experience something you’ve been dreaming of your whole life.

“My goal, besides the Beijing Final, is to achieve 17.40 during this season. For the future, I’m aiming to beat Gregório’s South American record (17.90). But I really don’t want to think about it right now.” He says he manages to forget about jumping only when he goes out with friends or surfs the Internet.

Personal Bests

Triple Jump: 17.28 (2008); 17.06i (2006)
Long Jump: 7.54 (2000)

Yearly Progression

Triple Jump: 2000: 15.78; 2001: 16.01; 2002: 16.45; 2003: 16.66; 2004: 16.62; 2005: 16.75; 2006: 17.22; 2007: 16.90; 2008: 17.28

Career Highlights

2000 q  World Junior Championships (Santiago)   15.48
2004 3rd    Ibero American Championships (Huelva)   16.16
2005 6th  World University Games (Izmir)    16.39
     1st  South American Championships (Cali)   16.24
2006 q  World Indoor Championships (Moscow)   16.55
2006 1st  Ibero American Championships (Ponce)   16.81
     5th  South American Championships (Tunja)   15.45
2007 1st  South American Championships (São Paulo)  16.68
     4th  Pan American Championships (Rio de Janeiro)  16.81 
     q  World Championships (Osaka)    16.34

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

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