Yoandri BETANZOS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    15 FEB 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    171692
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Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.35 +1.9 Barquisimeto (VEN) 04 MAY 2012
Triple Jump 17.65 +1.4 La Habana (CUB) 25 APR 2009
Triple Jump 17.67 +5.4 Bilbao (ESP) 01 JUL 2006
4x400 Metres Relay 2:59.43 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.51 Bratislava (SVK) 30 JAN 2011
Triple Jump 17.69 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010

Latest Active Season: 2015

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Triple Jump 15.90 +0.4 La Habana (CUB) 28 MAY 2015

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 7.02 -0.7 Göteborg (SWE) 29 JUN 2013
2012 7.35 +1.9 Barquisimeto (VEN) 04 MAY 2012

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 15.90 +0.4 La Habana (CUB) 28 MAY 2015
2012 16.87 +0.3 La Habana (CUB) 24 MAR 2012
2011 17.23 +0.3 Avila (ESP) 17 JUL 2011
2010 17.22 +1.3 Doha (QAT) 14 MAY 2010
2009 17.65 +1.4 La Habana (CUB) 25 APR 2009
2008 17.03 +1.3 Bilbao (ESP) 21 JUN 2008
2007 16.96 0.0 Baie Mahault (FRA) 01 MAY 2007
2006 17.63 +1.0 La Habana (CUB) 04 FEB 2006
2005 17.46 +0.1 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005
2004 17.53 -0.4 Athina (GRE) 20 AUG 2004
2003 17.28 +0.2 Paris (FRA) 25 AUG 2003
2002 17.29 +1.9 La Habana (CUB) 23 FEB 2002
2001 16.84 +2.0 La Habana (CUB) 16 FEB 2001
2000 16.82 +1.7 La Habana (CUB) 17 JUN 2000
1999 15.83 +0.1 Bydgoszcz (POL) 18 JUL 1999

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2011 2:59.43 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2010/11 7.51 Bratislava (SVK) 30 JAN 2011

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2010/11 16.78 Stockholm (SWE) 22 FEB 2011
2009/10 17.69 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
2007/08 17.11 Karlsruhe (GER) 10 FEB 2008
2006/07 17.12 Samara (RUS) 03 FEB 2007
2005/06 17.42 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
2004/05 16.68 Karlsruhe (GER) 13 FEB 2005
2003/04 17.39 Samara (RUS) 29 JAN 2004

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. Triple Jump 17.47 +0.4 Athina (GRE) 22 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.42 +0.4 Helsinki (FIN) 11 AUG 2005
2. Triple Jump 17.28 +0.2 Paris (FRA) 25 AUG 2003

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.69 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
3. Triple Jump 17.42 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
3. Triple Jump 17.36 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 16.34 +0.5 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 20 OCT 2000

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 15.83 +0.1 Bydgoszcz (POL) 18 JUL 1999

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 2:59.43 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011
1. Triple Jump 17.26 +1.1 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003
2. Triple Jump 16.54 +0.4 Guadalajara (MEX) 27 OCT 2011
3. Triple Jump 16.90 +0.7 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.29 +0.7 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
1. Triple Jump 17.46 +0.1 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.33 +3.0 Nassau (BAH) 11 JUL 2005
2. Triple Jump 17.24 0.0 La Habana (CUB) 03 JUL 2009

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 16.75 +2.9 Barquisimeto (VEN) 09 JUN 2012

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.46 +0.8 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 27 JUL 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.29 +3.0 La Habana (CUB) 24 MAR 2006
1. Triple Jump 16.93 +0.3 La Habana (CUB) 19 MAR 2005
1. Triple Jump 16.94 +0.1 La Habana (CUB) 27 MAY 2003
1. Triple Jump 17.05 -1.9 La Habana (CUB) 09 MAR 2002
Results in:

Triple Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
15 MAY 2015 La Habana CUBCUB F F 8. 14.79 NWI
28 MAY 2015 La Habana Copa Cuba de Atletismo - Memorial Barrientos CUBCUB B F 8. 15.90 +0.4


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Updated 28 February 2008

Yoandri BETANZOS Francis, Cuba (Triple Jump)
 
Born 15 February 1982, Ciego de Ávila.  1.79m/71kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor.  Coach: Ricardo Ponce

Yoandri Betanzos is the second of three sons born to his father, Alvaro, a boxer, and his mother, Amarilis, a former sprinter. His younger brother, Yunier, born in 1989, is a sprinter (100m PB of 10.63 in 2007).

As a child, Yoandri first took up boxing but changed to athletics at the age of nine. His first coach was Rafael Alvarez, who discovered his talent for jumps, especially the high jump. Moving up to the EIDE Sports School, under Osmani Garcia´s guidance he improved to 1.96 in the high jump. As he is not tall, his coach suggested he could be more successful in the triple jump. A 14.96 performance earned him promotion to the national junior team.

Once in Havana, training with coach, Ricardo Ponce, Betanzos improved to 15.94 and a wind-aided 16.07. He made his international debut with a silver medal at the 1999 inaugural World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland (15.83). He continued to progress with the silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, in Santiago, Chile (16.34), followed by a big year in 2001: a silver medal at the CAC Championships in Guatemala (16.64), 5th place at the World University Games in Beijing (16.86), and gold at the Pan American Junior Championships in Santa Fe, Argentina.

After breaking the 17m barrier for the first time in 2002 (17.29), Betanzos had a further breakthrough in 2003, when he claimed the Pan American Games title in Santo Domingo (17.26) and took the silver medal at the World Championships in Paris (17.28). In 2004, he made his indoor debut and won the bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest (17.36).

Betanzos was injured just before the Olympics, at the Ibero-American Championships in Huelva (2nd 17.18), but his desire to do well in Athens drove him to a personal best of 17.53 in the qualifying round. He managed 17.47 in the final but had to settle for 4th. The following year, he confirmed his world class status by repeating as silver medallist at the World Championships in Helsinki (17.42), followed by a convincing win at the World Athletics Final in Monaco (17.46).

After winning five medals (four silver and one bronze) in the seven global championships he had entered  (one youth, one junior, two senior outdoor and one indoor) Betanzos improved his personal best to 17.63 in Havana in February 2006 and repeated his bronze medal performance at the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow.

In the summer, he also won gold and broke the CAC Games record in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in July, before defending his title successfully at the World Athletics Final. However, he felt short in the World Rankings to represent the Americas team at the IAAF World Cup in Athens.

In 2007, he experienced a below-par season. Afflicted by injuries, he could not improve from his 17.12 jump indoors. He could only finish third at the Pan American Games, in Rio, and failed to qualify for the final at the World Championships, in Osaka.

In 2008, he has had three outings indoors, with a best of 17.12. “I am hoping to peak in Valencia (2008 World Indoor Championships) and fight to stay on the podium as I have been in the past editions”, said Betanzos.

Off the track, he loves to play basketball, and he continues to enjoy the high jump, having improved his best to 2.10. He likes reggae and hip hop music, as well as dancing.


Personal Best

17.63 (2006)


Yearly Progression

1998 - 14.96; 1999 - 15.94/16.07w; 2000 - 16.82; 2001 - 16.84/16.86w; 2002 - 17.29; 2003 - 17.28; 2004 - 17.53; 2005 - 17.46; 2006 - 17.63; 2007- 17.12i/17.21w.


Career Highlights

1999  2nd  World Youth Championships
2000 2nd  World Junior Championships
2001 2nd  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2001 5th World University Games
2001 1st Pan American Junior Championships
2003 1st Pan American Games
2003 2nd World Championships
2004 3rd World Indoor Championships
2004 4th Olympic Games
2005 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2005 2nd World Championships
2005 1st World Athletics Final
2006 3rd World Indoor Championships
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 1st World Athletics Final
2007 3rd Pan Am Games

Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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