Sonia BISSET

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    01 APR 1971
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    65210
Cuban javelin thrower Sonia Bisset (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Javelin Throw 67.67 Salamanca (ESP) 06 JUL 2005

Legend

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Latest Active Season: 2007

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Javelin Throw 64.65 Athina (GRE) 02 JUL 2007

Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2007 64.65 Athina (GRE) 02 JUL 2007
2006 65.97 Savona (ITA) 16 JUL 2006
2005 67.67 Salamanca (ESP) 06 JUL 2005
2004 65.93 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 04 JUL 2004
2003 60.75 La Habana (CUB) 27 MAY 2003
2002 65.52 La Habana (CUB) 10 NOV 2002
2001 66.54 Madrid (ESP) 07 JUL 2001
2000 65.87 Doha (QAT) 05 OCT 2000
1999 63.52 Sevilla (ESP) 28 AUG 1999

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Javelin Throw 63.54 Athina (GRE) 27 AUG 2004
5. Javelin Throw 63.26 Sydney (AUS) 30 SEP 2000

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Javelin Throw 64.69 Edmonton (CAN) 06 AUG 2001
6. Javelin Throw 61.74 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
6. Javelin Throw 60.17 Paris (FRA) 30 AUG 2003
6. Javelin Throw 63.52 Sevilla (ESP) 28 AUG 1999
7. Javelin Throw 61.75 Helsinki (FIN) 14 AUG 2005

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Javelin Throw 61.74 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Javelin Throw 60.68 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 27 JUL 2007
5. Javelin Throw 58.00 Santo Domingo (DOM) 07 AUG 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Javelin Throw 63.56 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005
4. Javelin Throw 62.16 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
5. Javelin Throw 59.23 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007

Honours - Grand Prix Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 65.87 Doha (QAT) 05 OCT 2000

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Javelin Throw 64.71 Huelva (ESP) 08 AUG 2004

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 63.30 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 29 JUL 2006
Results in:

Javelin Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
02 MAR 2007 Marseille Meeting National D2 FRAFRA E F 1. 62.02
11 MAR 2007 Santiago de Cuba Aurelio Janet Memorial CUBCUB F F 1. 59.95
16 MAY 2007 Fortaleza GP Sul Americano CAIXA/UNIFOR BRABRA C F 2. 60.11
20 MAY 2007 Belém Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo BRABRA B F 3. 57.46
27 MAY 2007 La Habana Copa Cuba de Atletismo CUBCUB C F 2. 58.84
08 JUN 2007 Villeneuve d'Ascq Meeting Lille Métropole FRAFRA C F 4. 57.72
15 JUN 2007 Marseille Meeting National D2 FRAFRA E F 1. 62.02
23 JUN 2007 Palencia Regional Ch. ESPESP F F 1. 63.78
02 JUL 2007 Athens Grand Prix Tsiklitiria GREGRE B F 3. 64.65
07 JUL 2007 Alcalá de Henares Internacional Meeting ESPESP E F 1. 62.66
10 JUL 2007 Lausanne Athletissima SUISUI A F 5. 59.84
27 JUL 2007 Rio de Janeiro Pan American Games BRABRA GL F 2. 60.68
29 AUG 2007 Osaka IAAF World Championships JPNJPN OW Q1 4. 60.25
31 AUG 2007 Osaka IAAF World Championships JPNJPN OW F 6. 61.74
16 SEP 2007 Berlin ISTAF GERGER GL F 6. 60.03
22 SEP 2007 Stuttgart IAAF World Athletics Final GERGER GW F 5. 59.23


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Updated August 20 2007

Sonia BISSET Poll, Cuba (Javelin Throw)

Born 1 April 1971, Bayamo 1.71m / 69kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor/Jesus Molina  Coach: Miguel Bernal

Born in Bayamo, but raised in the neighbouring province of Santiago de Cuba, Sonia Bisset followed an unusual way into competitive athletics as she did not attend sports schools in her teenage years. Bisset made it into the national team late, in the early 1990s, and has become a consistent thrower over 60 metres since reaching that barrier for the first time in 1994.

Bisset achieved her early successes when she won the Central American and Caribbean Championship in 1995 and the Ibero-American Championship in Medellin, Colombia, in 1996. In 1997, she made a massive progress with 68.24, her best mark with the old model. That led her to a silver medal at the World University Games, in Sicily, and sixth place in her World Championships debut, in Athens.

She has remained consistently among the world elite with a series of good results. Bisset was runner-up at the 1998 World Cup, in Johannesburg and fifth on her Olympic debut,  at Sydney 2000. The season was crowned by a 65.87 last throw to win the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final, in Doha, ahead of Norway´s Olympic champion, Trine Hattestad, and her countrywoman, Osleidys Menendez.

One year later, Bisset achieved her only World Championships medal so far when placing third in Edmonton. Bisset’s successful career has been overshadowed in Cuba by Menendez, the reigning World and Olympic champion and world record holder. She has usually accompanied her younger teammate in every major championship, but the latter has always finished on top.

After finishing sixth in the 2003 World Championships, in Paris, and fifth in the 2004 Athens Olympics, in 2005 Bisset threw her PB  (67.67) in Spain at the age 34. This season, she has achieved 65.97 and took a second Central American and Caribbean title in Cartagena eight years after winning in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

In 2006, Bisset regained her crown at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena,finished fourth at the World Athletics Final, in Stuttgart, and was second in the World Cup in Athletics, in Athens. With five consecutive World Championships and two Olympic finals to her name, she ranks fourth on the all-time list with her 67.67. Only Menéndez  (71.70), Germany´s Christina Obergföll (70.03), and Hattestad (69.48) have thrown further.

The experienced thrower continued a consistent career this season with the Pan American Games silver. With a 64.65 release in Athens, which ranks her fifth in the 2007 world lists, she is ready in Osaka to make it to her sixth consecutive World Championships final. With Menendez missing to recharge for the 2008 Olympics, Bisset is the island’s sole female representative in the event.

At 36, Bisset is the oldest member of the Cuban athletics team and is close to retirement as she wants to start a family after the 2008 Olympics. However, she hopes to remain involved in the sport one way or the other.


Career highlights

1995 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
1996 1st Ibero-American Championships
1997 2nd World University Games
1997 6th World Championships
1998 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
1998 2nd World Cup in Athletics
1999 6th  World Championships
2000 5th Olympic Games
2000 1st  Grand Prix Final 
2001 3rd  World Championships
2003 6th World Championships
2004 5th  Olympic Games
2005 7th  World Championships
2005 3rd World Athletics Final
2006 1st  Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 4th World Athletics Final
2006 2nd World Cup in Athletics
2007 2nd  Pan American Games

Personal best

Javelin Throw: 67.67 (2005)

Progression

1987-50.40; 1988-58.28; 1989-55.94; 1990-55.30; 1991-57.64; 1992-58.38; 1993-59.52; 1994-61.42; 1995-62.52; 1996-64.54; 1997-68.24; 1998-67.59; new model: 1999-63.52; 2000-65.87; 2001-66.54; 2002-65.52; 2003-60.75; 2004-65.93; 2005-67.67; 2006-65.97; 2007- 64.65

 

Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF  2007.

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