Yargelis SAVIGNE

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    13 NOV 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    189153
Yargeris Savigne (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 6.91 -0.1 Reims (FRA) 30 JUN 2010
Triple Jump 15.28 +0.9 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 6.79 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007
Triple Jump 15.05 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008 AR

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 5.71 +0.8 Camagüey (CUB) 18 MAY 2018
Triple Jump 13.31 +0.1 Camagüey (CUB) 26 MAY 2018

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 5.71 +0.8 Camagüey (CUB) 18 MAY 2018
2016 6.23 0.0 La Habana (CUB) 12 FEB 2016
2014 5.87 +0.8 La Habana (CUB) 08 AUG 2014
2012 6.30 +1.5 Ponce (PUR) 12 MAY 2012
2010 6.91 -0.1 Reims (FRA) 30 JUN 2010
2009 6.77 +0.9 London (GBR) 25 JUL 2009
2008 6.49 +0.1 Beijing (CHN) 19 AUG 2008
2007 6.66 0.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 25 JUL 2007
2006 6.67 +2.0 La Habana (CUB) 10 FEB 2006
2005 6.77 +0.9 La Habana (CUB) 19 MAY 2005
2004 6.60 +1.1 Ciudad de México (MEX) 22 MAY 2004
2003 6.63 +0.7 La Habana (CUB) 07 MAR 2003
2002 6.46 +1.2 La Habana (CUB) 12 APR 2002

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 13.31 +0.1 Camagüey (CUB) 26 MAY 2018
2016 14.09 +1.4 La Habana (CUB) 19 MAR 2016
2015 13.55 +1.8 La Habana (CUB) 28 MAY 2015
2014 14.01 0.0 La Habana (CUB) 01 FEB 2014
2013 14.05 +0.2 La Habana (CUB) 08 JUN 2013
2012 14.35 -1.1 La Habana (CUB) 03 FEB 2012
2011 14.99 -0.1 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2011
2010 15.09 +0.2 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2010
2009 15.00 +1.1 Athina (GRE) 13 JUL 2009
2008 15.20 +1.3 Rethymno (GRE) 14 JUL 2008
2007 15.28 +0.9 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
2006 14.91 -1.3 Athina (GRE) 03 JUL 2006
2005 14.82 +0.7 Helsinki (FIN) 07 AUG 2005

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2009/10 6.55 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2010
2008/09 6.57 Malmö (SWE) 03 FEB 2009
2007/08 6.77 Linz (AUT) 31 JAN 2008
2006/07 6.79 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007
2005/06 6.63 Liévin (FRA) 03 MAR 2006

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2011/12 14.55 Metz (FRA) 29 FEB 2012
2009/10 14.86 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010
2008/09 14.62 Düsseldorf (GER) 13 FEB 2009
2007/08 15.05 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
2006/07 14.80 Düsseldorf (GER) 06 FEB 2007
2005/06 14.72 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Triple Jump 15.05 +0.1 Beijing (CHN) 17 AUG 2008
8. Triple Jump 14.12 -0.2 London (GBR) 05 AUG 2012

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.95 +1.3 Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009
1. Triple Jump 15.28 +0.9 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
2. Triple Jump 14.82 +0.7 Helsinki (FIN) 07 AUG 2005
3. Long Jump 6.69 +0.1 Helsinki (FIN) 10 AUG 2005
6. Triple Jump 14.43 0.0 Daegu (KOR) 01 SEP 2011

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 15.05 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
2. Triple Jump 14.86 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010
4. Triple Jump 14.28 Istanbul (TUR) 10 MAR 2012
5. Long Jump 6.51 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
5. Triple Jump 14.72 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Long Jump 6.63 +0.5 Split (CRO) 05 SEP 2010
3. Triple Jump 14.63 +1.5 Split (CRO) 04 SEP 2010

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.80 +0.5 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 27 JUL 2007
2. Triple Jump 14.36 -0.5 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011
3. Long Jump 6.66 0.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 25 JUL 2007
3. Long Jump 6.40 -0.3 Santo Domingo (DOM) 05 AUG 2003

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.99 -0.1 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2011
1. Triple Jump 14.81 +1.4 Oslo (NOR) 09 JUN 2011
1. Triple Jump 14.68 +0.5 Shanghai (CHN) 15 MAY 2011
1. Triple Jump 14.86 +0.7 London (GBR) 14 AUG 2010
1. Triple Jump 15.09 +0.2 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2010
1. Triple Jump 14.99 +0.7 Lausanne (SUI) 08 JUL 2010
1. Triple Jump 14.74 +0.4 Roma (ITA) 10 JUN 2010

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.78 +0.4 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007
3. Triple Jump 14.81 +1.5 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.97 -0.5 La Habana (CUB) 03 JUL 2009
1. Long Jump 6.88 +4.6 Nassau (BAH) 11 JUL 2005

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.62 +0.8 San Fernando (ESP) 05 JUN 2010

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.54 -2.6 La Habana (CUB) 27 MAY 2007
1. Long Jump 6.66 +2.6 La Habana (CUB) 24 MAY 2007
1. Long Jump 6.56 +3.7 La Habana (CUB) 23 MAR 2006
Results in:

Long Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
16 FEB 2018 La Habana Prueba de confrontacion 2018 CUBCUB F F 6. 5.48 0.0
18 MAY 2018 Camagüey CUBCUB F F 3. 5.71 +0.8

Triple Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
23 FEB 2018 La Habana Prueba de confrontacion 2018 CUBCUB F F 2. 12.90 0.0
14 MAR 2018 Camagüey Competencia Fin de Macrociclo CUBCUB F F 3. 13.28 0.0
26 MAY 2018 Camagüey CUBCUB F F 2. 13.31 +0.1
01 JUN 2018 Camagüey CUBCUB F F 4. 12.96 -0.1
08 JUN 2018 La Habana CUBCUB F F 2. 13.29 +0.7


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Updated 03 August 2008

Yargelis SAVIGNE Herrera, Cuba (Long Jump, Triple Jump)  

Born: 13 November 1984, Guantánamo
1.65m / 53kg
Coach: Milán Matos
Manager: Javier Sotomayor

 
The oldest of four children (two boys and two girls), Yargelis Savigne was born in the town of Niceto Pérez, some 10km from the city of Guantánamo, in the easternmost province of Cuba. There is no sporting background in her immediate family, but distant relatives of Savigne, whose family nickname is “Yayi”, have excelled in baseball and boxing.

Savigne took up athletics in school at the age of 11 and was promoted to the Rafael Freyre EIDE Sports School on the outskirts of Guantánamo. She was a sprinter initially, but she preferred the jumps. When the school moved to a new building in the city in 1997, she started to train under the guidance of Eduardo Grant, who taught her triple and long jumping.

Good results in the National School Games enabled her to train in the ESPA Sports School in her province, under coach Arnaldo Charadan’s guidance. By 2000, she had improved to 5.92 in the Long Jump and 12.65 in the Triple Jump. She focused on the Long Jump, and a 6.24 win at the National Junior Championships, in Santiago, opened the door to the national junior team in 2001.

When Savigne arrived in Havana, she started to train with former triple jumper Daniel Osorio. She made her international debut on a high note, winning the 2002 CAC Junior crown in Bridgetown, Barbados (6.25), but an injury to her right knee ruined her medal chances at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. She qualified for the final, but she was in such pain that could not contest the medals.

Fully recovered, Savigne made great progress early in 2003, when she broke the national junior record (6.63). But her training partner, Yudelkis Fernández, improved it to 6.69 three months later.

Savigne made her senior debut at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, where she took bronze with a jump of 6.40. In 2004, she was 3rd at the Banamex Grand Prix in Mexico City, with 6.60; Fernández was second with 6.74 and was the only athlete selected for the Olympics.

Savigne’s breakthrough year was 2005 as she improved her Long Jump best to 6.77 in Havana and joined the Cuban team for the European tour for the first time. But there was a shortage of Long Jump competitions on the European circuit, so her coach Milán Matos urged her to try the Triple Jump, and the results were promising from the start: 14.12 for 2nd in Bilbao in June using a nine-step run-up, then 14.56 with 11 steps to win in Zaragoza, and 14.63 for 2nd in Padova.

Meanwhile, she popped a 6.77 long jump PB in Havana in May, won her first GP meet in Prague in June (6.71) and won the Long Jump at the CAC in Nassau (6.88w) in July. She decided to double at the World Championships, in Helsinki, and rising to the occasion, she improved her Triple Jump PB four times in the Final, culminating in 14.82, to become the surprise silver medallist. Three days later, she almost reached the podium again with a respectable 4th (6.69) in the Long Jump.

The Helsinki success was followed by 3rd places in the Brussels (14.48) and Berlin (14.57) Golden League meetings, and a convincing 14.81 for 3rd at the World Athletics Final, in Monaco, where she beat Jamaica’s World champion, Trecia Smith, for the first time. In 2006, Savigne finished fifth in the Triple Jump and sixth in the Long Jump at the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow. Outdoors, she went on to break her national Triple Jump record, with 14.91 in Athens in July, but fell ill shortly after and was forced to end her season.
 
In 2007, Savigne broke the Cuban Long Jump (6.79, Stuttgart, Feb 3) and Triple Jump (14.80, Düsseldorf, Feb 6) indoor records as a good prelude to a better summer. She finally broke the 15m barrier and claimed her first major international Triple Jump gold at the Pan American Games, in Rio de Janeiro.

A month later, she took off to an impressive first round effort of 15.28 to claim the World title in Osaka. In the process, she moved up to the sixth on the all-time lists. She ended the season by winning the Triple Jump at the World Athletics Final, in Stuttgart.
 
Indoors in 2008, Savigne landed at 6.77, close to her Long Jump national indoor record. Unlike in Moscow in 2006, when she competed in both events, she focused on the Triple Jump at the World Indoor Championships, in Valencia, and produced her best jump in the last round (15.05) to strike gold, the first for Cuba since 2001.

“I sustained a right hamstring injury in the winter in Germany and could not compete for 25 days before Valencia,” Savigne said. ”It was a real challenge, but I never gave up, fought hard, and managed to strike gold in the last round with my first leap over 15m indoors.”

After a short break following her indoor campaign, Savigne completed a one-month training camp in Venezuela, prior to the European tour. Once in Europe, she won five of her seven outings against many of the top contenders for the Olympics in Beijing. She went over 15m three times, including a season’s best and her second farthest leap ever (15.20), in Réthimno, on 14 July.

“I am happy with my results in the lead-up to Beijing,” Savigne said. “The competition will be fierce, but I am ready to respond and take one of the three medals.” Savigne responds calmly when questioned about the World record. The current mark (15.50) has been intact for almost 15 years, but “it could be smashed any time”.

“Tatyana Lebedeva (Russia) and Hrysopiyí Devetzí (Greece) are two strong rivals and they have also been close to the record. Francoise Mbango Etone (Cameroon) is ready to defend her Olympic title, the Slovenian (Marija Sestak) is on the rise and the Chinese (Limei Xie) will be supported by her crowd.

“My main focus is the Olympic gold, but that could mean getting close or surpassing the 15.50 in Beijing. It will be a very good competition to watch”. With that goal in mind, the fast Cuban is focusing on her speed, take-off and landing in order to maximise her chances in every jump.

Savigne owes part of her rapid progress to the good advice from her coach, Milán Matos, and nine-time World and 2000 Long Jump Olympic champion Iván Pedroso. “I feel confident with Milán,” she said. “I am in good hands and he motivates me to aim high. Iván (Pedroso) retired but he is always there to give me tips and help me do the right things. I am lucky to learn from champions like him.”

Although the Triple Jump has become her main event, Savigne insists she will continue long jumping and is also registered to contest the event in the Chinese capital. “The seven metre barrier is still a target,” she said. “I am young and hope to reach that mark soon.”

Savigne has maintained a relationship with 2008 CAC Decathlon champion Yosley Azcuy. “My family and he have always been by my side, in good and bad times,” she said. Away from track, Savigne likes watching films and soap operas, as well as listening to reggae, hip hop and classic music. She is in her fourth year as a student of physical education at the Higher Sports Institute in Havana. Her father, Diosdado, is a driver, and her mother, Marbelis, a manicurist.

 

Personal Bests

Long Jump: 6.77 (2005); 6.88w (2005) Indoors: 6.79 NR (2007)

Triple Jump:  15.28 (2007), Indoors: 15.05 AR (2008)

Yearly Progression

Long Jump: 2000- 5.92; 2001- 6.24; 2002- 6.46; 2003- 6.63; 2004- 6.60; 2005 6.77/6.88w; 2006- 6.67/6.81w; 2007- 6.66 (6.79i)/6.81w: 2008-6.77i

Triple Jump: 1999- 12.65; 2001- 13.03; 2005- 14.82; 2006- 14.91; 2007- 15.28; 2008-15.20


Career Highlights

Triple Jump
2005 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2005 2nd  World Championships
2005 3rd World Athletics Final
2006 5th World Indoor Championships
2007 1st  Pan American Games
2007 1st World Championships
2007 1st World Athletics Final
2008 1st World Indoor Championships

Long Jump
2002  1st  Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships
2003 3rd  Pan American Games
2005 4th  World Championships
2005 1st  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2006 6th  World Indoor Championships
2007 3rd   Pan American Games


Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF 2006-2008.

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