Alberto Larraguibel

Breaking the record
High-Jump 2.47
Alberto Larraguibel
Medal record
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place Buenos Aires 1951 Individual jumping
Gold medal – first place Buenos Aires 1951 Team jumping

Colonel Alberto Larraguibel Morales (May 30, 1919 – April 12, 1995) was a Chilean Army officer born in Angol, Chile. He remains as the record holder for highest jump, one of the longest-running unbroken sport records in history – 69 years as of 2019.


He was born on May 30, 1919.

Then-Captain Larraguibel broke the record for puissance at 2.47 metres (8.1 ft), riding Huaso, formerly called "Faithful", at the Official International Event in Viña del Mar, Chile on February 5, 1949. The Committee of Records[who?] ratified this record on May 28, 1949, and stated that a height of at least 2.49 metres (8.2 ft) must be cleared to beat it.

Larraguibel died in Santiago, Chile at the age of 75.