|Discus Throw||66.00||La Habana (CUB)||10 FEB 2006|
|Discus Throw||63.89||La Habana (CUB)||18 JUN 2009|
|2009||63.89||La Habana (CUB)||18 JUN 2009|
|2008||65.02||La Habana (CUB)||15 FEB 2008|
|2007||64.97||Uberlandia (BRA)||06 MAY 2007|
|2006||66.00||La Habana (CUB)||10 FEB 2006|
|2005||64.52||Praha (CZE)||27 JUN 2005|
|2004||62.88||La Habana (CUB)||27 FEB 2004|
|2003||62.00||La Habana (CUB)||25 JUL 2003|
|2002||59.04||La Habana (CUB)||09 FEB 2002|
|2001||56.90||Las Tunas (CUB)||17 MAR 2001|
|2000||57.40||La Habana (CUB)||15 JUN 2000|
|1999||56.94||La Habana (CUB)||19 MAY 1999|
|1998||56.40||La Habana (CUB)||02 AUG 1998|
|1997||53.44||La Habana (CUB)||17 MAY 1997|
|1996||44.72||Sydney (AUS)||24 AUG 1996|
|7.||Discus Throw||58.93||Athina (GRE)||16 SEP 2006|
|2.||Discus Throw||61.71||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)||23 JUL 2007|
|3.||Discus Throw||60.03||Santo Domingo (DOM)||05 AUG 2003|
|1.||Discus Throw||59.07||St. George's (GRN)||04 JUL 2003|
|2.||Discus Throw||58.74||Cali (COL)||05 JUL 2008|
|1.||Discus Throw||61.11||Huelva (ESP)||07 AUG 2004|
|2.||Discus Throw||57.63||Guatemala City (GUA)||11 MAY 2002|
|1.||Discus Throw||59.70||Cartagena de Indias (COL)||28 JUL 2006|
|1.||Discus Throw||58.04||La Habana (CUB)||26 MAY 2007|
|1.||Discus Throw||62.34||La Habana (CUB)||23 MAR 2006|
|1.||Discus Throw||60.52||La Habana (CUB)||17 MAR 2005|
|1.||Discus Throw||56.69||La Habana (CUB)||28 MAY 2001|
|1.||Discus Throw||56.06||La Habana (CUB)||23 JUL 2000|
|29 MAY 2009||La Habana Barrientos Memorial||CUB||D||F||2.||58.54|
|11 JUN 2009||La Habana||CUB||F||F||1.||62.20|
|18 JUN 2009||La Habana||CUB||F||F||1.||63.89|
|03 JUL 2009||La Habana CAC Championships||CUB||B||F||OC||63.12|
|25 JUL 2009||Bogotá Grand Prix Internacional de Atletismo||COL||D||F||1.||58.23|
|19 AUG 2009||Berlin IAAF World Championships||GER||OW||Q1||12.||58.24|
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Updated August 20 2007
Yania FERRALES Monteagudo, Cuba (Discus Throw)
Born 18 July 1977, Moron, Ciego de Avila, 1.80m 86kg
Coach: Raul Calderon
Yania Ferrales has taken up the challenge of keeping Cuban women´s discus in the world elite since the retirement of 1992 Olympic champion Maritza Marten and national record holder Hilda Elisa Ramos.
Like all Cuban athletes, Ferrales started combining different athletic disciplines. But she realised her potential for the Discus and soon began to enjoy some success. After dominating on home soil, she claimed her first international win when she took the gold at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, in El Salvador, in 1996.
Then it took a while for Ferrales to start maturing at the next level. In 2001, she won the senior Central American and Caribbean Championships gold in St. George’s and, a year later, was second at the Ibero-American Championships, in Guatemala, City.
In 2003, Ferrales finally reached the 60 metres mark in a season when she successfully defended her CAC crown, in Guatemala, and clinched the bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, in Santo Domingo.
A year later, she improved to gold at the Ibero-American Champs in Huelva, Spain, and a few days later, she made it to the Olympic final, in Athens. However, she could not handle the pressure of a packed stadium and failed to achieve a valid throw.
In 2005, Ferrales improved her PB to 64.52, in Prague, but failed to qualify for the final of the World Championships, in Helsinki.
Ferrales has not competed much internationally over the past few years, but she managed to improve her best to 66.00 in 2006. She also claimed her first international title in two years when taking the gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Lacking competitive experiece after the Games, she could only finish seventh at the World Cup in Athens.
In 2007, Ferrales has stayed consistent over 63 metres, although she has faced a strong challenge from her training partner, Yarelis Barrios, who has improved her best by over five metres to 66.68.
The 30-year old shows a season’s best of 64.97, but had to settle for silver, behind Barrios, at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the World Championships in Osaka, Ferrales will compete for the first time in Asia and will try to make up for her disappointment in Helsinki.
1995: 45.64; 1996: 51.94; 1997: 53.82; 1998: 56.40; 1999: 56.94; 2000: 57.40; 2001: 56.90; 2002: 59.04; 2003: 61.34; 2004: 62.88; 2005: 64.52; 2006: 66.00; 2007:64.97.
1996 1st Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships
2001 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2002 2nd Ibero-American Championships
2003 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2003 3rd Pan American Games
2004 1st Ibero-American Championships
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 7th World Cup
2007 2nd Pan American Games
Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. © IAAF 2007.