Athlete Profile

Yoandris Betanzos

  • COUNTRY Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH 15 FEB 1982
Yoandris Betanzos (Getty Images)
Yoandris Betanzos (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH 15 FEB 1982


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Updated 28 February 2008

Yoandri BETANZOS Francis, Cuba (Triple Jump)
 
Born 15 February 1982, Ciego de Ávila.  1.79m/71kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor.  Coach: Ricardo Ponce

Yoandri Betanzos is the second of three sons born to his father, Alvaro, a boxer, and his mother, Amarilis, a former sprinter. His younger brother, Yunier, born in 1989, is a sprinter (100m PB of 10.63 in 2007).

As a child, Yoandri first took up boxing but changed to athletics at the age of nine. His first coach was Rafael Alvarez, who discovered his talent for jumps, especially the high jump. Moving up to the EIDE Sports School, under Osmani Garcia´s guidance he improved to 1.96 in the high jump. As he is not tall, his coach suggested he could be more successful in the triple jump. A 14.96 performance earned him promotion to the national junior team.

Once in Havana, training with coach, Ricardo Ponce, Betanzos improved to 15.94 and a wind-aided 16.07. He made his international debut with a silver medal at the 1999 inaugural World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland (15.83). He continued to progress with the silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, in Santiago, Chile (16.34), followed by a big year in 2001: a silver medal at the CAC Championships in Guatemala (16.64), 5th place at the World University Games in Beijing (16.86), and gold at the Pan American Junior Championships in Santa Fe, Argentina.

After breaking the 17m barrier for the first time in 2002 (17.29), Betanzos had a further breakthrough in 2003, when he claimed the Pan American Games title in Santo Domingo (17.26) and took the silver medal at the World Championships in Paris (17.28). In 2004, he made his indoor debut and won the bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest (17.36).

Betanzos was injured just before the Olympics, at the Ibero-American Championships in Huelva (2nd 17.18), but his desire to do well in Athens drove him to a personal best of 17.53 in the qualifying round. He managed 17.47 in the final but had to settle for 4th. The following year, he confirmed his world class status by repeating as silver medallist at the World Championships in Helsinki (17.42), followed by a convincing win at the World Athletics Final in Monaco (17.46).

After winning five medals (four silver and one bronze) in the seven global championships he had entered  (one youth, one junior, two senior outdoor and one indoor) Betanzos improved his personal best to 17.63 in Havana in February 2006 and repeated his bronze medal performance at the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow.

In the summer, he also won gold and broke the CAC Games record in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in July, before defending his title successfully at the World Athletics Final. However, he felt short in the World Rankings to represent the Americas team at the IAAF World Cup in Athens.

In 2007, he experienced a below-par season. Afflicted by injuries, he could not improve from his 17.12 jump indoors. He could only finish third at the Pan American Games, in Rio, and failed to qualify for the final at the World Championships, in Osaka.

In 2008, he has had three outings indoors, with a best of 17.12. “I am hoping to peak in Valencia (2008 World Indoor Championships) and fight to stay on the podium as I have been in the past editions”, said Betanzos.

Off the track, he loves to play basketball, and he continues to enjoy the high jump, having improved his best to 2.10. He likes reggae and hip hop music, as well as dancing.


Personal Best

17.63 (2006)


Yearly Progression

1998 - 14.96; 1999 - 15.94/16.07w; 2000 - 16.82; 2001 - 16.84/16.86w; 2002 - 17.29; 2003 - 17.28; 2004 - 17.53; 2005 - 17.46; 2006 - 17.63; 2007- 17.12i/17.21w.


Career Highlights

1999  2nd  World Youth Championships
2000 2nd  World Junior Championships
2001 2nd  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2001 5th World University Games
2001 1st Pan American Junior Championships
2003 1st Pan American Games
2003 2nd World Championships
2004 3rd World Indoor Championships
2004 4th Olympic Games
2005 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2005 2nd World Championships
2005 1st World Athletics Final
2006 3rd World Indoor Championships
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 1st World Athletics Final
2007 3rd Pan Am Games

Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Triple Jump 17.65 +1.4 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 25 APR 2009
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Triple Jump 17.69 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR 2010
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
Triple Jump Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2012 16.87 +0.3 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 24 MAR
2011 17.23 +0.3 Ávila 17 JUL
2010 17.22 +1.3 Doha 14 MAY
2009 17.65 +1.4 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 25 APR
2008 17.03 +1.3 Bilbao 21 JUN
2007 16.96 0.0 Baie Mahault 01 MAY
2006 17.63 +1.0 La Habana 04 FEB
2005 17.46 +0.1 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 09 SEP
2004 17.53 -0.4 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 20 AUG
2003 17.28 +0.2 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 25 AUG
2002 17.29 +1.9 La Habana 23 FEB
2001 16.84 +2.0 La Habana 16 FEB
2000 16.82 +1.7 La Habana 17 JUN
1999 15.83 +0.1 Bydgoszcz 18 JUL
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
Triple Jump Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2011 16.78 Stockholm 22 FEB
2010 17.69 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR
2008 17.11 Karlsruhe 10 FEB
2007 17.12 Samara 03 FEB
2006 17.42 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 12 MAR
2005 16.68 Karlsruhe 13 FEB
2004 17.39 Samara 29 JAN
Honours - Triple Jump
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXX Olympic Games 12q2 16.22 +2.9 London (OP) 07 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11 16.67 -0.1 Daegu 04 SEP 2011
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 17.69 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 10q1 16.77 0.0 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 16 AUG 2009
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9q2 16.54 0.0 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 25 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 1 17.29 +0.7 Stuttgart 09 SEP 2006
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 17.42 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 12 MAR 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 1 17.46 +0.1 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 09 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 17.42 +0.4 Helsinki 11 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 4 17.47 +0.4 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 22 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 17.36 Budapest (Sportarena) 07 MAR 2004
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 17.28 +0.2 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 25 AUG 2003
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 2 16.34 +0.5 Santiago de Chile 20 OCT 2000
1st IAAF World Youth Championships 2 15.83 +0.1 Bydgoszcz 18 JUL 1999


Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.


Updated 28 February 2008

Yoandri BETANZOS Francis, Cuba (Triple Jump)
 
Born 15 February 1982, Ciego de Ávila.  1.79m/71kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor.  Coach: Ricardo Ponce

Yoandri Betanzos is the second of three sons born to his father, Alvaro, a boxer, and his mother, Amarilis, a former sprinter. His younger brother, Yunier, born in 1989, is a sprinter (100m PB of 10.63 in 2007).

As a child, Yoandri first took up boxing but changed to athletics at the age of nine. His first coach was Rafael Alvarez, who discovered his talent for jumps, especially the high jump. Moving up to the EIDE Sports School, under Osmani Garcia´s guidance he improved to 1.96 in the high jump. As he is not tall, his coach suggested he could be more successful in the triple jump. A 14.96 performance earned him promotion to the national junior team.

Once in Havana, training with coach, Ricardo Ponce, Betanzos improved to 15.94 and a wind-aided 16.07. He made his international debut with a silver medal at the 1999 inaugural World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland (15.83). He continued to progress with the silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, in Santiago, Chile (16.34), followed by a big year in 2001: a silver medal at the CAC Championships in Guatemala (16.64), 5th place at the World University Games in Beijing (16.86), and gold at the Pan American Junior Championships in Santa Fe, Argentina.

After breaking the 17m barrier for the first time in 2002 (17.29), Betanzos had a further breakthrough in 2003, when he claimed the Pan American Games title in Santo Domingo (17.26) and took the silver medal at the World Championships in Paris (17.28). In 2004, he made his indoor debut and won the bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest (17.36).

Betanzos was injured just before the Olympics, at the Ibero-American Championships in Huelva (2nd 17.18), but his desire to do well in Athens drove him to a personal best of 17.53 in the qualifying round. He managed 17.47 in the final but had to settle for 4th. The following year, he confirmed his world class status by repeating as silver medallist at the World Championships in Helsinki (17.42), followed by a convincing win at the World Athletics Final in Monaco (17.46).

After winning five medals (four silver and one bronze) in the seven global championships he had entered  (one youth, one junior, two senior outdoor and one indoor) Betanzos improved his personal best to 17.63 in Havana in February 2006 and repeated his bronze medal performance at the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow.

In the summer, he also won gold and broke the CAC Games record in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in July, before defending his title successfully at the World Athletics Final. However, he felt short in the World Rankings to represent the Americas team at the IAAF World Cup in Athens.

In 2007, he experienced a below-par season. Afflicted by injuries, he could not improve from his 17.12 jump indoors. He could only finish third at the Pan American Games, in Rio, and failed to qualify for the final at the World Championships, in Osaka.

In 2008, he has had three outings indoors, with a best of 17.12. “I am hoping to peak in Valencia (2008 World Indoor Championships) and fight to stay on the podium as I have been in the past editions”, said Betanzos.

Off the track, he loves to play basketball, and he continues to enjoy the high jump, having improved his best to 2.10. He likes reggae and hip hop music, as well as dancing.


Personal Best

17.63 (2006)


Yearly Progression

1998 - 14.96; 1999 - 15.94/16.07w; 2000 - 16.82; 2001 - 16.84/16.86w; 2002 - 17.29; 2003 - 17.28; 2004 - 17.53; 2005 - 17.46; 2006 - 17.63; 2007- 17.12i/17.21w.


Career Highlights

1999  2nd  World Youth Championships
2000 2nd  World Junior Championships
2001 2nd  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2001 5th World University Games
2001 1st Pan American Junior Championships
2003 1st Pan American Games
2003 2nd World Championships
2004 3rd World Indoor Championships
2004 4th Olympic Games
2005 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2005 2nd World Championships
2005 1st World Athletics Final
2006 3rd World Indoor Championships
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 1st World Athletics Final
2007 3rd Pan Am Games

Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.