Joaquim Carvalho Cruz was born on 12th March 1963. He is aformer middle distance runner from Taguatinga, Brazil. Joaquim started running at the age of 13 and in 1981, made a junior world record of 1:44.3 min in 800m.
Clinched a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles
Secured a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games, held in Seoul
Also, competed at the World Championships of 1983 which was held in Helsinki. He won a bronze medal.
Won a gold medal in the 1,500m event at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis
Again, won a gold medal in the 1500m event at the 1995 Pan American Games, held in Mar del Plata
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