José Francisco Nava

José Francisco Nava (born 19 January 1983) is a Chilean former track and field athlete who competed in the pole vault. He achieved his personal best of 5.35 m (

17 ft 6+12 in) in 2003. He also competed, less frequently, in the long jump, triple jump and decathlon.[1]

Chilean pole vaulter

His first major senior medal was a bronze at the 2002 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics – an honour he repeated in 2006. Nava competed at five editions of the South American Championships in Athletics from 2001 to 2007, having a best pole vault finish of fourth in 2001 and 2006. He was a participant at the Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007, and also the 2003 Summer Universiade.

He began his international career in 1998 and took silver medals behind compatriot Jorge Naranjo at the South American Youth and South American Junior Championships. He succeed Nava as the region’s top young vaulter with championship records of 5.00 m (16 ft 4+34 in) and 5.10 m (16 ft 8+34 in) to win the youth and junior titles in 2000. He defended the junior title in 2001 before falling behind Brazil’s Fábio Gomes da Silva in 2002.[2][3] He also won a silver behind Naranjo during this period at the 2001 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.[4] He represented Chile at the 1999 World Youth Championships in Athletics and the World Junior Championships in Athletics in 2000 and 2002.[5]

He also won gold medals at the 2007 ALBA Games and the South American University Games in 2004.[6][7]

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Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1998 South American Youth Championships Manaus, Brazil 2nd Pole vault 4.20 m
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 14th (q) Pole vault 4.40 m
South American Junior Championships Concepción, Chile 2nd Pole vault 4.75 m
2000 South American Youth Championships Bogotá, Colombia 1st Pole vault 5.00 m
World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 10th (q) Pole vault 4.80 m
Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th Pole vault 4.60 m
South American Junior Championships São Leopoldo, Brazil 1st Pole vault 5.10 m
2001 Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 2nd Pole vault 5.25 m
South American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st Pole vault 5.20 m
South American Championships Manaus, Brazil 4th Pole vault 5.10 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica Pole vault NH
South American Games/
South American Junior Championships
Belém, Brazil 2nd Pole vault 4.90 m
Ibero-American Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 3rd Pole vault 5.20 m
2003 South American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 8th Pole vault 4.85 m
Universiade Daegu, South Korea 14th Pole vault 5.00 m
Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 7th Pole vault 5.20 m
2004 South American U23 Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2nd Pole vault 5.00 m
6th Long jump 6.94 m
2nd Triple jump 14.85 m
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain Pole vault NH
South American University Games Concepción, Chile 1st Pole vault 4.50 m
2005 South American Championships Cali, Colombia 6th Decathlon 6344 pts
2006 South American Championships Tunja, Colombia 4th Pole vault 5.15 m
Ibero-American Championships Ponce, Puerto Rico 3rd Pole vault 5.25 m
2007 South American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 5th Pole vault 5.10 m
6th Triple jump 14.82 m
7th 4 × 100 m relay 40.82
ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st Pole vault 4.95 m
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Pole vault NH
2008 Ibero-American Championships Iquique, Chile Pole vault NH
6th Triple jump 14.67 m

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