Yania Ferrales

Athlete Profile

    Cuba Cuba
    28 JUL 1977
Yania Ferrales of Cuba competes in the women's Discus Throw qualification in Berlin (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Discus Throw 66.00 La Habana 10 FEB 2006

Progression - Outdoor

Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2009 63.89 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 18 JUN
2008 65.02 La Habana 15 FEB
2007 64.97 Uberlândia 06 MAY
2006 66.00 La Habana 10 FEB
2005 64.52 Praha (Stadion Juliska) 27 JUN
2004 62.88 La Habana 27 FEB
2003 62.00 La Habana 25 JUL
2002 59.04 La Habana 08 FEB
2001 56.90 Las Tunas 17 MAR
2000 57.40 La Habana 15 JUN
1999 56.01 La Habana 14 MAY

Honours - Discus Throw

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 12q1 58.24 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 19 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 7q2 59.87 Beijing (National Stadium) 15 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 10 58.20 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG 2007
10th IAAF World Cup in Athletics 7 58.93 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 16 SEP 2006
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8q2 58.38 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 07 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games f NM Athína (Olympic Stadium) 21 AUG 2004

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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.

Personal best

66.00 (2006)

Career highlights

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.

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