Yarelys Barrios

Athlete Profile

    Cuba Cuba
    12 JUL 1983
Yarelys Barrios (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Discus Throw 68.03 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 22 MAR 2012

Progression - Outdoor

Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2016 62.50 Las Tunas 20 FEB
2013 67.36 Lausanne (Pontaise) 04 JUL
2012 68.03 La Habana (Estadio Panamericano) 22 MAR
2011 66.40 Guadalajara, MEX 28 OCT
2010 65.96 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 27 AUG
2009 65.86 Thessaloníki 13 SEP
2008 66.13 Leiria 26 JUL
2007 63.90 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG
2006 61.01 Halle 20 MAY
2005 60.61 La Habana 19 MAY
2004 59.51 La Habana 23 APR
2003 58.37 La Habana 13 JUN
2002 50.68 La Habana 14 JUN

Honours - Discus Throw

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
14th IAAF World Championships 3 64.96 Moskva (Luzhniki) 11 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 3 66.38 London (Olympic Stadium) 04 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 3 65.73 Daegu (DS) 28 AUG 2011
1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 3 62.58 Split (Poljud Stadion) 04 SEP 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 1 65.86 Thessaloníki 13 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 65.31 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 21 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final f DQ Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 14 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games f DQ Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 63.90 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG 2007

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Updated 20 August 2007

Yarelis BARRIOS Castaneda , Cuba (Discus Throw)

Born 12 July 1983, Pinar del Rio, 1.72m 89kg

Coach: Raul Calderon

Yarelis Barrios is part of the new generation of Cuban athletes and has gradually emerged on the Discus scene. Together with Yania Ferrales, she hopes to see two Cubans in the World Championships final in Osaka.

Barrios always liked sports. Although she preferred basketball, she took up athletics at the age of 14. There was no close sporting background in the family but they have always supported her. She started to excel in the Discus thanks to her strength and continued to improve, which prompted her to focus on the event.

Although she did not have major competitive experience, Barrios finished her junior
career with 54.10m in 2002, but she was not selected for the World Junior Championships, in Kingston, that year. In 2004, she joined the national senior team and soon began to enjoy international success.

Not far from home, Barrios claimed her first international title when winning the Central American and Caribbean Championships, in Nassau, in July 2005.
A year later, she finished runner-up to Ferrales, her training partner, at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia.

The current season has been a breakthrough for Barrios, who impressed early in March with a 66.68m throw, over five metres farther than her previous best.
In the summer, she achieved back-to-back victories at the Pan American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, and the World University Games, in Bangkok, two weeks later. The latter was the Island’s first WUG athletics gold medal since 2001.

With the biggest challenge of her career so far, Barrios hopes to finish in the top six in Osaka. “I am enjoying the best moment of my career and I would like to keep the momentum in Osaka. I need to throw around 63m to be among the world’s best,“ said a confident Barrios.

Outside athletics, Barrios completed her Physical Education studies this year at the Higher Sports Institute in Havana. Her free time is limited, but she likes to spend what little she has with her family and boyfriend. She also loves to listen to romantic music. A younger cousin plays basketball and sees Yarelis as a role model to follow.


1999: 44.45; 2000: 50.22; 2001: 48.92; 2002: 54.10; 2003: 58.37; 2004: 59.51; 2005: 60.61; 2006: 61.01; 2007: 66.68.


Personal best

66.68 (2007)

Career Highlights

2005  1st  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2006  2nd  Central American and Caribbean Games
2007  1st  Pan American Games
2007 1st World University Games

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