Athlete Profile

    Cuba Cuba
    12 JUL 1983
Yarelys Barrios (Getty Images)


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Discus Throw 66.13 Leiria (POR) 26 JUL 2008


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Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2008 66.13 Leiria (POR) 26 JUL 2008
2007 63.90 Osaka (JPN) 29 AUG 2007
2006 61.01 Halle (GER) 20 MAY 2006
2005 60.61 La Habana (CUB) 19 MAY 2005
2004 59.51 La Habana (CUB) 23 APR 2004
2003 58.37 La Habana (CUB) 13 JUN 2003
2002 54.10 La Habana (CUB) 05 JUL 2002
2000 50.22 La Habana (CUB) 24 JUL 2000

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Discus Throw 63.90 Osaka (JPN) 29 AUG 2007

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Discus Throw 61.72 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 23 JUL 2007

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Discus Throw 62.87 Cali (COL) 05 JUL 2008
1. Discus Throw 56.59 Nassau (BAH) 09 JUL 2005

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Discus Throw 61.36 Bangkok (THA) 12 AUG 2007
Results in:

Discus Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Remark
13 FEB 2016 La Habana CUBCUB F F - - DOP
20 FEB 2016 Las Tunas Aurelio Janet Memorial CUBCUB F F - - DOP
26 FEB 2016 La Habana CUBCUB F F - - DOP
05 MAR 2016 La Habana CUBCUB F F - - DOP
17 MAR 2016 La Habana Copa Cuba CUBCUB B Q - - DOP
18 MAR 2016 La Habana Copa Cuba CUBCUB B F - - DOP
14 MAY 2016 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix CHNCHN GL F - - DOP

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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.