Luguelín SANTOS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    12 NOV 1993
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    249379
Luguelin Santos at the Pan American Games (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.14 -3.3 Ponce (PUR) 29 MAR 2014
150 Metres 15.92 +1.2 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018
200 Metres 20.55 +0.5 Morelia (MEX) 07 JUL 2013
300 Metres 32.56 Uppsala (SWE) 28 JUL 2012
400 Metres 44.11 Beijing (CHN) 26 AUG 2015
500 Metres 1:01.79 Gurabo (PUR) 03 DEC 2016
600 Metres 1:15.58 San Juan (PUR) 19 MAR 2016
800 Metres 1:48.67 Mayagüez (PUR) 22 APR 2017
4x100 Metres Relay 40.19 Ponce (PUR) 12 APR 2014
Medley Relay 1:51.38 Singapore (SGP) 23 AUG 2010
4x400 Metres Relay 3:00.15 Beijing (CHN) 29 AUG 2015

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 21.59 Staten Island, NY (USA) 14 JAN 2017
300 Metres 33.16 Ostrava (CZE) 25 JAN 2018
400 Metres 45.80 Madrid (ESP) 24 FEB 2017
500 Metres 1:01.76 Staten Island, NY (USA) 14 JAN 2017
600 Metres 1:16.01 Montreal (CAN) 21 FEB 2015
800 Metres 1:52.98 Staten Island, NY (USA) 20 JAN 2017
4x400 Metres Relay 3:12.37 Staten Island, NY (USA) 20 JAN 2017

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
150 Metres 15.92 +1.2 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018
200 Metres 20.75 +0.6 Barcelona (ESP) 11 JUL 2018
300 Metres 33.14 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018
400 Metres 44.59 Barranquilla (COL) 01 AUG 2018
500 Metres 1:02.68 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018
4x400 Metres Relay 3:03.92 Barranquilla (COL) 02 AUG 2018

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
300 Metres 33.16 Ostrava (CZE) 25 JAN 2018
400 Metres 46.31 Birmingham (GBR) 02 MAR 2018

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 11.14 -3.3 Ponce (PUR) 29 MAR 2014

Outdoor

150 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 15.92 +1.2 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 20.75 +0.6 Barcelona (ESP) 11 JUL 2018
2017 20.87 +0.9 Medellín (COL) 29 APR 2017
2016 20.70 +0.8 Mayagüez (PUR) 02 APR 2016
2015 21.07 0.0 Gainesville, FL (USA) 03 APR 2015
2014 20.97 +0.7 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 AUG 2014
2013 20.55 +0.5 Morelia (MEX) 07 JUL 2013
2012 20.73 +0.8 Mayagüez (PUR) 05 MAY 2012
2010 21.74 0.0 Barquisimeto (VEN) 06 MAY 2010

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2018 33.14 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018
2016 33.29 Gurabo (PUR) 03 DEC 2016
2015 33.64 Mayagüez (PUR) 05 DEC 2015
2013 32.57 Mölndal (SWE) 03 AUG 2013
2012 32.56 Uppsala (SWE) 28 JUL 2012

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2018 44.59 Barranquilla (COL) 01 AUG 2018
2017 45.24 Taipei (TPE) 25 AUG 2017
2016 44.71 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 13 AUG 2016
2015 44.11 Beijing (CHN) 26 AUG 2015
2014 44.53 Ponce (PUR) 17 MAY 2014
2013 44.52 Moskva (RUS) 13 AUG 2013
2012 44.45 Hengelo (NED) 27 MAY 2012
2011 44.71 Guadalajara (MEX) 26 OCT 2011
2010 46.19 Santo Domingo (DOM) 26 JUN 2010
2009 47.58 Santo Domingo (DOM) 20 JUN 2009

Outdoor

500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2018 1:02.68 Riffa (BRN) 01 APR 2018
2016 1:01.79 Gurabo (PUR) 03 DEC 2016
2015 1:02.27 Mayagüez (PUR) 05 DEC 2015

Outdoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 1:15.90 San Juan (PUR) 18 MAR 2017
2016 1:15.58 San Juan (PUR) 19 MAR 2016

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 1:48.67 Mayagüez (PUR) 22 APR 2017
2015 1:51.17 Ponce (PUR) 14 FEB 2015
2014 1:49.18 Mayagüez (PUR) 22 MAR 2014

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2016 40.27 Mayagüez (PUR) 16 APR 2016
2015 40.35 Ponce (PUR) 18 APR 2015
2014 40.19 Ponce (PUR) 12 APR 2014

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2018 3:03.92 Barranquilla (COL) 02 AUG 2018
2017 3:04.34 Taipei (TPE) 28 AUG 2017
2016 3:01.76 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 19 AUG 2016
2015 3:00.15 Beijing (CHN) 29 AUG 2015
2014 3:02.73 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 AUG 2014
2013 3:02.82 Morelia (MEX) 07 JUL 2013
2012 3:03.02 Barquisimeto (VEN) 10 JUN 2012
2011 3:00.44 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011
2010 3:10.55 Santo Domingo (DOM) 04 JUL 2010

Outdoor

Medley Relay

Performance Place Date
2010 1:51.38 Singapore (SGP) 23 AUG 2010

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 21.59 Staten Island, NY (USA) 14 JAN 2017

Indoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017/18 33.16 Ostrava (CZE) 25 JAN 2018
2013/14 33.26 Gent (BEL) 09 FEB 2014

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017/18 46.31 Birmingham (GBR) 02 MAR 2018
2016/17 45.80 Madrid (ESP) 24 FEB 2017
2013/14 45.89 Stockholm (SWE) 06 FEB 2014
2012/13 46.79 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2013
2011/12 46.83 Istanbul (TUR) 09 MAR 2012

Indoor

500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 1:01.76 Staten Island, NY (USA) 14 JAN 2017

Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014/15 1:16.01 Montreal (CAN) 21 FEB 2015
2013/14 1:16.90 Montreal (CAN) 25 JAN 2014

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 1:52.98 Staten Island, NY (USA) 20 JAN 2017

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2016/17 3:12.37 Staten Island, NY (USA) 20 JAN 2017

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 400 Metres 44.46 London (GBR) 06 AUG 2012

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres 44.52 Moskva (RUS) 13 AUG 2013
4. 400 Metres 44.11 Beijing (CHN) 26 AUG 2015

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay Mixed 3:13.01 Ostrava (CZE) 09 SEP 2018
6. 400 Metres 45.81 Ostrava (CZE) 09 SEP 2018
5. 400 Metres 45.34 Marrakesh (MAR) 13 SEP 2014

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 44.85 Barcelona (ESP) 12 JUL 2012
6. 400 Metres 46.90 Moncton (CAN) 22 JUL 2010

Honours - NACAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:01.73 San José (CRC) 09 AUG 2015

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 44.56 Toronto (CAN) 23 JUL 2015
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:00.44 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011
2. 400 Metres 44.71 Guadalajara (MEX) 26 OCT 2011

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 45.67 Bruxelles (BEL) 01 SEP 2017
1. 400 Metres 45.02 Bruxelles (BEL) 09 SEP 2016
1. 400 Metres 45.24 New York, NY (USA) 09 JUN 2012

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:02.82 Morelia (MEX) 07 JUL 2013

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:02.73 Sao Paulo (BRA) 03 AUG 2014
2. 400 Metres 45.58 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 15 MAY 2016
3. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:03.02 Barquisimeto (VEN) 10 JUN 2012

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:04.34 Taipei (TPE) 28 AUG 2017
1. 400 Metres 45.24 Taipei (TPE) 25 AUG 2017
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:05.05 Gwangju (KOR) 12 JUL 2015
1. 400 Metres 44.91 Gwangju (KOR) 10 JUL 2015

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 44.59 Barranquilla (COL) 01 AUG 2018

Honours - Youth Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Medley Relay 1:51.38 Singapore (SGP) 23 AUG 2010
1. 400 Metres 47.11 Singapore (SGP) 21 AUG 2010
Results in:

150 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
01 APR 2018 Riffa National Elite Meeting BRNBRN F F 3. 15.92 +1.2

200 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
28 APR 2018 Medellín Grand Prix Ximena Restrepo COLCOL F F1 3. 20.77 +0.6
11 JUL 2018 Barcelona Míting Internacional ESPESP E F1 3. 20.75 +0.6

300 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
01 APR 2018 Riffa National Elite Meeting BRNBRN F F 1. 33.14

300 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 JAN 2018 Ostrava Czech Indoor Gala CZECZE D F 3. 33.16

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
11 APR 2018 Santo Domingo Juegos Deportivos Militares DOMDOM F F 1. 45.95
21 APR 2018 St. George's Grenada Invitational GRNGRN E F 2. 45.66
28 APR 2018 Medellín Grand Prix Ximena Restrepo COLCOL F F 1. 45.30
31 MAY 2018 Roma Golden Gala - Pietro Mennea ITAITA GW F 8. 45.81
08 JUN 2018 Chorzów Janusz Kusociński Memorial POLPOL C F1 2. 44.75
13 JUN 2018 Ostrava Golden Spike CZECZE A F 2. 45.43
22 JUN 2018 Madrid Meeting 2018 ESPESP A F1 1. 44.66
02 JUL 2018 Székesfehérvár Gyulai István Memorial Hungarian GP HUNHUN C F 1. 44.88
13 JUL 2018 Rabat Meeting International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme MARMAR GW F 4. 44.80
30 JUL 2018 Barranquilla CAC Games COLCOL C H3 1. 46.10
01 AUG 2018 Barranquilla CAC Games COLCOL C F 1. 44.59
18 AUG 2018 Birmingham Müller Grand Prix GBRGBR GW F 5. 45.81
23 AUG 2018 Rovereto Palio Città della Quercia ITAITA B F 2. 45.58
30 AUG 2018 Zürich Weltklasse SUISUI DF F 6. 46.17
09 SEP 2018 Ostrava IAAF Continental Cup CZECZE GW F1 6. 45.81

400 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 FEB 2018 Madrid Indoor Meeting ESPESP A F1 4. 47.10
13 FEB 2018 Sabadell Míting Internacional ESPESP E F1 1. 46.67
15 FEB 2018 Toruń Copernicus Cup POLPOL A F 3. 46.53
02 MAR 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships GBRGBR GW H6 3. 46.83
02 MAR 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships GBRGBR GW SF1 1. 46.31
03 MAR 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships GBRGBR GW F DQ

500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
01 APR 2018 Riffa National Elite Meeting BRNBRN F F 1. 1:02.68

4x400 Metres Relay

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
13 APR 2018 Santo Domingo Juegos Deportivos Militares DOMDOM F F 1. 3:11.53
02 AUG 2018 Barranquilla CAC Games COLCOL C F 2. 3:03.92

4x400 Metres Relay Mixed

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
09 SEP 2018 Ostrava IAAF Continental Cup CZECZE GW F1 1. 3:13.01


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Created 26 July 2012

Luguelín Miguel SANTOS Aquino

Dominican Republic  (400m)

Born 12 November 93 in Bayaguana

Height: 1.77m   Weight: 60kg

Coach: José Ludwig Rubio

Luguelín Miguel Santos Aquino has rapidly risen as a world class 400m runner and has the Dominican Republic dreaming of Olympic joy again after Felix Sanchez’s gold in Athens 2004.

The oldest of three brothers, Luguelín was born to Juan Santos Santos, a freight lift operator, and Irma Aquino Méndez, a housewife, in Bayaguana, provice of Monte Plata, an hour’s drive northeast of Santo Domingo.

An older cousin Ceila Aquino, a long jumper and sprinter, introduced him to athletics in 2002. He combined athletics and cycling until he chose to focus on the former in 2003. His first coach was Rosa Tiburcio.

With no track in his hometown, his training was done at the baseball stadium. He initially ran longer distances, but eventually came down to the middle distances. He once tried the 400m in 2008 and ran 1:13. After a few months of training, he tried again and ran 53 seconds.

He was then seen by coach and former president of the Dominican Athletics Federation José Ludwig Rubio, who took him to his group in 2008.

And his career immediately started to improve. In 2009, he ran 47.58 in June and made the national team for the Pan American Junior Championships in Port of Spain. 

“I remember Grenada’s Rondell (Bartholomew) ran past me in the north straight and I felt as I was not moving. I did not make it to the final but was still very proud to represent my country for the first time”, recalled Santos with a smile.

He finished fifth in his heat with 47.88 and ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay team who set a national junior record of 3:13.18 for sixth. He missed the World Youth Championships in Italy due to visa problems.

The following season meant more international participation. He first won the Youth Olympic Games trials in San Salvador with a personal best of 47.22. At only 16, he improved over a second to set a new national youth and junior record of 46.16 in Santo Domingo.

He then collected his first regional medal by taking individual silver and the relay bronze at the Central American Junior Championships on home soil and followed with a sixth place finish at the World Junior Championships in Moncton.

Such results earned him a spot on the Dominican team for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010, where he made his country proud by winning the 400m.

“Singapore was a memorable experience for me,” he recalled. Not only winning gold, but also making new friends, the cultural activities at the Village and also learning about the Olympics. I really felt what the Olympic spirit was all about.”

The year 2011 did not start as promising, as he suffered a left hamstring injury that did not allow him to train properly for five months. He qualified to the Central American and Caribbean Championships final, in Puerto Rico, but suffered a minor muscle injury in his left leg and did not finish the race. For that reason, he missed the World Championships in Daegu.

Fully recovered, he broke the 46-second barrier (45.97, 13 August in Bogotá) for the first time and confirmed his training for the Pan American Games was on the right track.

In Guadalajara, he benefited from a fast race and a rivalry with Costa Rica’s Nery Brenes and Bahamas’ Ramon Miller to set a national junior record of 45.41 in the semifinals.

That set the stage for the final a day later. He was determined to fight for gold and he did, leading the race in the first 300m, before he was overtaken by Brenes in the homestretch. “I was expecting a low 45 second, but when I saw the clock at 44.71, I put my hands on my head and said ‘wow’. I could not believe it,” commented Santos on his breakthrough performance in the Mexican city.

The time eclipsed Felix Sanchez’s 10-year old national record of 44.90 and ranked him sixth on the all-time world junior lists. Two days later, he anchored the 4x400m relay squad to silver and national record of 3:00.44 minutes, a time that put his country in contention for an Olympic spot.

In 2011, he moved to San German, Puerto Rico, where his coach José Ludwig Rubio works at Universidad Interamericana. Many of the top Dominican track athletes are attending and training at that university.

Fully healthy in 2012, he experienced his first indoor races at the World Championships in Istanbul, where he made it to the semifinals.

“It is different running indoors and there’s a lot of room for improvement. The more I run, the most comfortable I will be. I plan to run indoors in the US in 2013,” he said of his first experience running under the roof.

The summer season started early with a win and season’s best (45.29, 18 February) in his new home of San German, Puerto Rico, followed by a national junior record in the 200m (20.73, Mayagüez, 5 May).

His performance at the Pan American Games opened the doors for invitations to the Diamond League circuit and he did not disappoint, with a second place in Doha (44.88) and a victory in New York. In between, he ran the best race of his life so far in Hengelo (44.45) to confirm his status a major medal contender for the Olympic Games.

“I was so relaxed and it was a perfect day. I felt very strong running the homestretch. I was expecting a low 45s, but could not believe it was 44.45,” it really surprised me.

Santos improved his national record and in the process moved to the second place in the 2012 world lists. He also improved to third on the all-time junior lists.

The young Dominican has had a busy season, including a trip to the Iberoamerican Championships in Venezuela one day after his Diamond League win in New York to secure his country’s qualification for the Olympic Games in the 4x400m relay.

After a month of training in Alicante, Spain, he claimed his second global title by taking the world junior gold in Barcelona in comfortable fashion.

“I wanted to set a new championships record (44.66), but I had a slow first 200m and could not break it. Overall, it was a great experience standing on top of the podium and making my country proud of my win.”

He ended his pre-Olympic tune-up with a fourth place finish at the Diamond League stop in Monaco, in a race featuring World champion Kirani James and Olympic gold medallist Lashawn Merrit, as well as Belgian twins Jonathan and Kevin Borlee.

“They will be my main rivals in London. It was good to meet them before the Games and assess how my preparation is going,” he commented.

After Monaco, Santos joined the Dominican track team in a training camp in Leverkusen, Germany.

The young Dominican is well aware of his medal hopes and the high expectations back home, but he is trying to keep composed and continue to enjoy camaraderie with his teammates.

“We have trained well to run three good races in London. I am a fighter and when you fight, we can achieve anything. After the experience in Singapore, I look forward to enjoying my first Olympic Games in London and giving joy to my country. The track will have the final word.”

Santos draws inspiration from his compatriot Felix Sanchez, the two-time World and 2004 Olympic 400m hurdles champion.

“We first met at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez in 2011 and he has been following my career. ‘You will take all my records’, he told me jokingly. We have been in touch through facebook and I follow his advice,” he said of Dominican Republic’s only Olympic champion in any sport.

Santos gives a lot of credit to his coach and his family for his success. “He has helped me realized my potential and I have full confidence in him. We get along very well and he is like a second father to me.”

Santos loves to spend quality time with his girlfriend, 400m hurdler Lilibeth Lileth Ramos, who is also part of Rubio’s training squad. The group includes 400m hurdler Winder Cuevas (49.20), 2011 Pan American Games 200m bronze medallist Mariely Sanchez and sprinter Raysa Sánchez.

In his limited time, he loves eating out and going to movies with his girlfriend and friends after training. He loves superheroes movies like Superman and Spiderman.

 

Personal Bests

200m- 20.73 NJR (2012)

400m- 44.45 NR (2012)

Indoors

400- 46.83 (2012)

Yearly Progression

2007-  54.99, 2008-50.75, 2009- 47.88, 2010-46.19 NYR NJR, 2011-44.71A NR, 2012-44.45 NR

Career Highlights

2009   h   Pan American Junior Championships (Port of Spain) 47.88

2009   6th    Pan American Junior Championships (Port of Spain) (4x400)  3.13.18

2010   1st   Youth Olympic Trials (San Salvador) 47.22

2010   2nd   Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (Santo Domingo) 46.94

2010   3rd    Central American and Caribbean Junior Ch. (Santo Domingo)  (4x400) 3.10.55

2010  6th  World Junior Championships (Moncton) 46.90

2010  1st  Youth Olympic Games (Singapore) 47.11

2010  1st  Youth Olympic Games (Singapore) (Medley Relay) 1.51.38

2011   DNF  Central American and Caribbean Championships (Mayagüez)

2011  2nd  Pan American Games (Guadalajara) 44.71

2011  2nd  Pan American Games (Guadalajara)  (4x400) 3.00.44 

2012  SF  World Indoor Championships (Istanbul) 46.83

2012   3rd   Iberoamerican Championships (Barquisimeto)  (4x400)  3.03.02

2012   1st  World Junior Championships (Barcelona) 44.85

Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2012