Gladys Tejeda

Gladys Lucy Tejeda Pucuhuaranga (born 30 September 1985 in Jauja, Junín) is a Peruvian long-distance runner.[1][2]

Gladys Tejeda
Gladys Tejeda at 2015 Pan American Games
Personal information
Full nameGladys Lucy Tejeda Pucuhuaranga
Born (1985-09-30) September 30, 1985 (age 35)
Jauja, Junín, Perú
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight46 kg (101 lb)
Event(s)Distance running
Updated on 22 July 2015.


She competed in women's marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] Further she was selected as Peru's flag-bearer for the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations.[4]

In 2013, she finished as champion in the XXXI edition of the Mexico City Marathon with a time of 2:37:35. She finished in third place at Pan-American Games, in Guadalajara, 2011.

In 2015, she won the Marathon Gold Medal in the Pan American Games, setting a new Pan-American record of 2:33:05. A few weeks after the games, Julio César Maglione, president of the Pan American Sports Organization announced that Gladys Tejeda tested positive for doping, which she denied.

On September 10, 2015, she has been stripped of her gold medal by the Committee who said in a statement that Tejeda had tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list because it is used to mask other drugs. The statement said that Tejeda would be temporarily suspended from international competition.[5][6]

On August 14, 2016, Tejeda was ranked 15th in Women's Marathon in the Rio 2016 Olympics with a time of 2:29:55.[7]

In 2017, she finished as champion again in the XXXV edition of the Mexico City Marathon with a time of 2:36:16 setting the women's course record for the event.

She won a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in the Marathon event.[8]

Personal bests

  • 5000 m: 16:00.91 min Lima, 15 June 2013
  • 10,000 m: 33:01.99 min Stanford, California, 4 May 2014
  • Half marathon: 1:10:14 hrs Cardiff, 26 March 2016
  • Marathon: 2:28:12 hrs Rotterdam, 12 April 2015


Representing  Peru
2010 South American Half Marathon Championships Lima, Perú 2nd Half marathon 1:13:53
World Half Marathon Championships Nanning, China 21st Half marathon 1:13:46
2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 3rd Marathon 2:42:09
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 43rd Marathon 2:32:07
2013 South American Championships Cartagena, Colombia 2nd 5000 m 16:19.39
Bolivarian Games Trujillo, Perú 1st Half marathon 1:12:53
2014 World Half Marathon Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 26th Half marathon 1:11:24
2015 Pan American Cross Country Cup Barranquilla, Colombia 1st 7 km 21:18
3rd Team - 7 km 51 pts
World Cross Country Championships Guiyang, China 21st 8 km 28:22
8th Team 156 pts
2016 World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff, United Kingdom 9th Half marathon 1:10:14
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 15th Marathon 2:29:55

See also


  1. Biography - TEJEDA Gladys Lucy (in Spanish), retrieved June 12, 2014
  2. Listado Oficial de Atletas Participantes - Gladys Lucy Tejeda Pucuhuaranga (in Spanish), retrieved June 12, 2014
  3. London 2012 site Archived 2012-07-30 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Staff (16 July 2012). "Atleta Gladys Tejeda será la abanderada de Perú en Londres 2012" [Athlete Gladys Tejeda Will Be Peru's Flag Bearer in London 2012]. Radio Programas del Perú (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2015-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Winner of women's marathon at Pan Am Games stripped of medal for doping". 10 September 2015.
  7. Maratón de Río 2016: Gladys Tejeda logró histórico puesto 15. El Comercio (in Spanish)
  8. "Games: Tejeda grabs gold for Peru with win in women's marathon". Reuters. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.