Misleydis Gonzalez

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    19 JUN 1978
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Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Shot Put 19.50 Beijing (National Stadium) 16 AUG 2008

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Shot Put 18.86 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 28 FEB 2010

Progression - Outdoor

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2012 18.62 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 27 MAY
2011 19.04 Barcelona 22 JUL
2010 19.22 Torino 12 JUN
2009 19.13 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 05 JUL
2008 19.50 Beijing (National Stadium) 16 AUG
2007 18.97 Bilbao (Landako de Durango) 23 JUN
2006 19.10 Alcalá de Henares 24 JUN
2005 18.92 Zagreb 11 JUL
2004 18.73 Salamanca (Helmántico) 13 JUL
2003 18.11 La Habana 31 MAY
2002 17.79 Alcalá de Henares 29 JUN
2001 17.54 La Habana 27 MAY
2000 17.55 La Habana 23 JUN
1999 16.19 La Habana 18 JUN

Progression - Indoor

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2012 17.57 Sabadell 26 FEB
2010 18.86 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 28 FEB
2009 18.37 Gent 08 FEB
2008 18.75 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 09 MAR
2007 17.89 Valladolid 24 FEB
2004 18.56 Budapest (Sportaréna) 05 MAR

Honours - Shot Put

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXX Olympic Games 11q2 17.68 London (Olympic Stadium) 06 AUG 2012
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 11q1 17.32 Istanbul (Ataköy Arena) 10 MAR 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8q1 18.24 Daegu (DS) 28 AUG 2011
1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 4 18.62 Split (Poljud Stadion) 05 SEP 2010
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7 18.77 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 6 18.45 Thessaloníki 13 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8 18.74 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 16 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 3 18.55 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 14 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 2 19.50 Beijing (National Stadium) 16 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 4 18.75 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 09 MAR 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11 18.14 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 26 AUG 2007
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8 18.01 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 13 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 6 18.59 Olýmpia 18 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6 18.41 Budapest (Sportaréna) 05 MAR 2004


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Updated 2 March 2008

Misleydis GONZÁLEZ Herrera, Cuba (Shot Put)

Born: 19 June 1978, Bayamo; 1.79m/75kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor/Jesús Molina Coach: Justo Navarro

Born in the eastern city of Bayamo, the slender Misleydis González took up athletics at an early age, soon showing her potential for the throws, particularly the shot put.

González excelled in the National Youth Championships and a 14.48m toss earned a spot in the national junior team in 1995. She ended her junior career with a 15.87 effort, but could not win a medal at the 1997 Pan American Junior Championships in Havana.

After joining the national senior team later that year, González improved gradually until she broke the 17m mark in 2000. A year later, she enjoyed her first international success, winning at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Guatemala.

In 2003, she joined the 18m club and successfully defended her CAC title in St. George’s, Grenada, but failed to reach the podium at the Pan American Games. The following year marked a major breakthrough as she improved her best by over half a metre. More importantly, though, she stayed consistent in major competitions.

As an example of that, González made it to the final in her World Indoor Championships debut, in Budapest, in 2004, in which she finished sixth. That summer, she placed second to her training partner, Yumileidi Cumbá, at the Ibero-American Championships in Huelva, Spain, before finishing seventh in her first Olympic experience, in Athens.

For the second time in one year, two Cuban women had reached the shot put final in a global competition. Cumbá, who had taken the silver medal in Budapest, claimed the gold in Athens.

González came close to 19 metres in 2005, but failed to qualify for final of the World Championships in Helsinki on a cold day. She made up for the disappointment with a bronze medal at the World University Games in Turkey.

In 2006, she finally broke the 19m barrier (19.10) and finished second to Cumbá once again with a silver medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

In 2007, she could not improve her personal best but achieved a major goal in her career with the Pan American Games crown in Rio de Janeiro, followed by her first World Championships final, in Osaka, in which she was 11th. In both cases, she prevailed over her friend and archrival Cumbá.

On the subject of the World Indoor Championships, after being absent in Moscow 2006, González hopes to make the final once again and assess how her training is doing towards the main objective of the season: the Olympic Games in Beijing.


Personal Bests

19.10 (2006); 18.56i (2004)


Yearly Progression

1994 - 12.41; 1995 - 14.48; 1996 - 15.80; 1997 - 15.87; 1998 - 15.76; 1999 - 16.19; 2000 - 17.55; 2001 - 17.54; 2002 - 17.79; 2003 - 18.11; 2004 - 18.73; 2005 - 18.92; 2006 - 19.10; 2007 - 18.97.
 

Career Highlights

2001  1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2003 1st  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2003 4th Pan American Games
2004 6th World Indoor Championships
2004 2nd Ibero-American Championships
2004 7th Olympic Games
2005 10th World Championships
2005 3rd World University Games
2006 2nd Central American and Caribbean Games
2007 1st Pan American Games
2007 11th  World Championships


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

 

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