In Memoriam: FEI pays tribute to Jesús Gómez Portugal (MEX) Olympic jumper and former Mexican Federation President 

8 Dec 2017

Jesús Gómez Portugal, Olympic jumping athlete and former President of the Mexican Equestrian Federation passed away on 26 November at the age of 77.

At the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, he helped Team Mexico to bronze alongside Gerardo Tazzer Valencia, Alberto Valdez Lacarra and Joaquín Pérez de las Heras (RIP).

He owned three of the four horses competing on this team.

Mexico sent a delegation of athletes from eight sports to Moscow, and the country’s biggest medal haul was from Equestrian with a total of three bronze medals secured across team Eventing, individual Jumping as well as Team Jumping.

Jesús Gómez Portugal, who still holds to this day the National High Jump record in Mexico, also served as the President of the Mexican Equestrian Federation - Federación Ecuestre Mexicana - from 1988 to 1992.

He is survived by his three daughters Mónica, Cecilia and Leticia, and his brother Roberto Gómez Portugal.

Jesús Gómez Portugal (second left), Olympic jumping athlete and former President of the Mexican Equestrian Federation passed away on 26 November at the age of 77. (Federación Ecuestre Mexicana)

Jesús Gómez Portugal (second left), Olympic jumping athlete and former President of the Mexican Equestrian Federation passed away on 26 November at the age of 77. (Federación Ecuestre Mexicana)

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