Peruvian athletics is in mourning. Fernando Acevedo Portuguese, The national record holder died this Monday, January 29th at the age of 77. The news was confirmed by his cousin Ángel Ricardo Musso Acevedo, who posted a heartfelt message on his social networks. The former athlete made history by setting national records in the 100 and 200 meter dash.
“RIP my little cousin Fernando Acevedo Portuguese, the best athlete in all of Peru. Chincha, cradle of champions. It's worth a Peru. South American champion in the 100 and 200 meter dash. No one has ever broken this record in Peru,” his relative wrote on his Facebook account.
Publication of Fernando Acevedo's relative. Photo: Facebook shot
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Who was Fernando Acevedo?
Fernando AcevedoHe was born in Chincha on July 26, 1946 and died this Monday, January 29, at the age of 77. He became a national champion in the 1970s and set records in the 400-meter dash and relay, the 100-meter dash (between 1977 and 2014) and the 200-meter dash (between 1971 and 2016).
In addition to his career as an athlete, after his retirement he worked as a fitness trainer for Alianza Lima and also held this position at the University of Lima. He was also active in the professional association of referees.
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IPD mourns the loss of Fernando Acevedo
After learning the news of the unfortunate death of Fernando Acevedo The Peruvian Sports Institute (IPD) released a statement expressing its deepest condolences to the former athlete's family and his friends.
“The IPD regrets the sensitive death of former athlete Fernando Acevedo Portugués, Pan American medalist, two-time Olympic champion and holder of several national records. Likewise, it expresses its deepest condolences to his family in these moments of deep sadness,” he wrote on his X account. .
IPD publication on the death of Fernando Acevedo. Photo: IPD
Peruvian athletics mourns for the second time
Let us remember that so far in 2024, two Peruvian athletes have already died in this first month of the year. Two weeks ago, the death of outstanding runner Roberto Abugattás Aboid, four-time South American champion and five times at Bolivarian level, who also represented Peru at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 1968 Mexico Olympics, was confirmed.