Wilfredo Martinez

Athlete Profile

    Cuba Cuba
    9 JAN 1985
Wilfredo Martinez of Cuba makes it into the long jump final (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Long Jump 8.31 +1.6 Cali 06 JUL 2008

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Long Jump 8.18 Madrid (INEF) 20 FEB 2010

Progression - Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 8.04 0.0 Plasencia 24 JUN
2014 7.99 +0.5 Bottrop 01 JUN
2013 8.06 +0.3 Salamanca (Helmántico) 12 JUN
2012 7.72 -1.4 Daegu 16 MAY
2011 8.11 0.0 Barcelona 22 JUL
2010 8.20 +1.6 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 05 FEB
2009 8.13 +0.5 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 29 MAY
2008 8.31 +1.6 Cali 06 JUL
2007 8.17 +0.9 Caracas 11 MAY
2006 8.03 +0.1 Santo Domingo 08 JUL
2005 8.04 +1.4 Fort-de-France 30 APR
2004 7.77 +0.8 La Habana 20 MAR
2004 7.77 +0.8 La Habana 20 FEB
2003 7.90 La Habana 21 FEB

Progression - Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 7.88 Antequera 21 FEB
2013 7.69 Moskva 03 FEB
2011 8.08 Bratislava 30 JAN
2010 8.18 Madrid (INEF) 20 FEB
2009 7.96 Praha (O2 Arena) 26 FEB
2008 8.10 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 23 FEB

Honours - Long Jump

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships q2 NM Doha (Aspire Dome) 12 MAR 2010
The XXIX Olympic Games 5 8.19 -0.4 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 8 7.72 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 08 MAR 2008

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Updated 2 March 2008

Wilfredo Y MARTÍNEZ, Cuba (Long Jump)

Born: 9 January 1985, Havana 1.84m/70kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor; Coach: Milan Matos

Born in Havana in 1985, Wilfredo Martinez leads the new generation of long jumpers in Cuba, trying to fill the difficult vacuum left by nine-time world and 2000 Olympic champion Ivan Pedroso, who retired in 2007.

A fast kid, the elder of two brothers took up athletics at the age of 10. The only sportsman in the family soon revealed his potential for the sprints and jumps, opting for the latter in the youth competitions.

At 17, Martinez emerged on the national scene with a 7.48m leap in 2002, which he improved substantially to 7.90 in 2003, a mark that enabled him to represent Cuba internationally for the first time. He enjoyed his first international debut when winning gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championships, in Bridgetown, where he also finished fourth in the Triple Jump.

Martinez stayed consistent with 7.77 the following year, but it was not enough to make the small Cuban team for the World Junior Championships, in Grosseto, Italy. After 2004, he joined the national senior team under the guidance of Milan Matos. A year later, he finally broke the eight metres mark (8.04) at the IAAF Grand Prix in Fort de France.

After a below par 2005, plagued by injuries, Martinez came back to form and peaked at the right time to win his first senior title at the North, Central American and Caribbean Under 23 Championships in Santo Domingo. In 2007, he improved his best to 8.17 to win the ALBA Games, in Caracas, and went on to grab silver at the Pan American Games.

However, his 7.92m performance in Rio de Janeiro was insufficient to make the national team for the World Championships in Osaka. He also joined the Cuban quartet who finished fifth in the 4x100m in Rio.

An emerging jumper, Martinez has made a successful indoor debut in 2008. He started with 7.85m in Sweden and improved to 8.10m at the Spanish Championships in Valencia. Currently placed fifth on the 2008 indoor lists, he is looking forward to his first World Championships.

“I have been waiting for such important moment in my career,” Martinez said. “I missed it when I was a junior and last year in Osaka. I tried the track in Valencia. This 8.10m gives me a lot for confidence for my first global challenge in athletics.”

After five consecutive world indoor titles by Pedroso (1993-2001), the young Cuban is ready to mark the Island’s return to the podium. Off the track, he likes to hang out with friends and listen to hip-hop music.

Personal Bests

Outdoors: 8.17 (2007), Indoors: 8.10 (2008)

Yearly Progression

2002 - 7.48; 2003 - 7.90; 2004 - 7.77; 2005 - 8.04; 2005 - 7.56w; 2006 - 8.03; 2007 - 8.17; 2008-8.10i.

Career Highlights

2003 1st Pan American Junior Championships
2005 4th Central American and Caribbean Championships
2006 1st Under 23 North, Central American and Caribbean Championships
2007  2nd Pan American Games

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

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