Yamilé ALDAMA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Great Britain & NI Great Britain & NI
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    14 AUG 1972
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    80049
Yamile Aldama (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
High Jump 1.88 London (GBR) 19 JUL 2003
Long Jump 6.34 -1.9 Amman (JOR) 18 MAY 2007
Triple Jump 15.29 +0.3 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003 AR
Javelin Throw 37.66 Hendon (GBR) 03 JUL 2011

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 6.17 Valencia (ESP) 11 FEB 2006
Triple Jump 14.90 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004 AR

Latest Active Season: 2016

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Triple Jump 13.74 +0.1 Clermont (USA) 30 APR 2016

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Triple Jump 13.41 Madrid (ESP) 30 JAN 2016

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2009 1.60 Hendon (GBR) 01 AUG 2009
2007 1.77 Cairo (EGY) 22 NOV 2007
2005 1.81 Tunis (TUN) 16 SEP 2005
2004 1.85 London (GBR) 18 JUL 2004
2003 1.88 London (GBR) 19 JUL 2003

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 5.40 Hendon (GBR) 03 JUL 2011
2009 5.95 +1.1 Damascus (SYR) 06 OCT 2009
2007 6.34 -1.9 Amman (JOR) 18 MAY 2007
2006 6.04 Bedford (GBR) 30 JUL 2006
2005 6.19 +1.9 Tunis (TUN) 15 SEP 2005
2000 6.18 +0.6 Guadalajara (ESP) 04 JUL 2000
1999 6.22 -0.7 Braga (POR) 24 JUN 1999

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 13.74 +0.1 Clermont (USA) 30 APR 2016
2015 13.08 +0.2 Birmingham (GBR) 04 JUL 2015
2014 13.85 +2.0 Hengelo (NED) 08 JUN 2014
2013 14.06 +1.5 Eugene, OR (USA) 01 JUN 2013
2012 14.65 -0.3 Roma (ITA) 31 MAY 2012
2011 14.50 +0.4 Daegu (KOR) 01 SEP 2011
2009 14.48 +0.6 Chania (GRE) 01 JUN 2009
2008 14.51 +0.8 Rethymno (GRE) 14 JUL 2008
2007 14.58 0.0 Kalamata (GRE) 02 JUN 2007
2006 14.78 +1.0 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006
2005 14.82 +0.8 Berlin (GER) 04 SEP 2005
2004 15.28 +0.3 Linz (AUT) 02 AUG 2004
2003 15.29 +0.3 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003
2002 14.40 +0.5 Birmingham (GBR) 13 JUL 2002
2000 14.47 +2.0 Chania (GRE) 14 JUN 2000
1999 14.77 +1.2 Winnipeg (CAN) 28 JUL 1999
1998 14.55 +1.0 La Habana (CUB) 31 JUL 1998
1997 14.46 +0.4 St-Denis (FRA) 02 JUN 1997
1996 14.43 +0.9 La Habana (CUB) 16 FEB 1996
1995 13.84 +1.2 La Habana (CUB) 01 JUL 1995
1994 13.92 +0.7 La Habana (CUB) 24 JUN 1994

Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2011 37.66 Hendon (GBR) 03 JUL 2011

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2005/06 6.17 Valencia (ESP) 11 FEB 2006
1999/00 5.88 Stuttgart (GER) 06 FEB 2000

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2015/16 13.41 Madrid (ESP) 30 JAN 2016
2012/13 13.95 Göteborg (SWE) 03 MAR 2013
2011/12 14.82 Istanbul (TUR) 10 MAR 2012
2009/10 12.41 Doha (QAT) 12 MAR 2010
2008/09 14.27 Athina (GRE) 25 FEB 2009
2007/08 14.47 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
2005/06 14.86 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
2004/05 13.95 Karlsruhe (GER) 13 FEB 2005
2003/04 14.90 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004
2002/03 14.88 Karlsruhe (GER) 28 FEB 2003
2000/01 13.85 Pireaus (GRE) 25 FEB 2001
1999/00 14.30 Karlsruhe (GER) 29 JAN 2000
1998/99 14.47 Maebashi (JPN) 07 MAR 1999
1997/98 14.24 Stuttgart (GER) 01 FEB 1998
1996/97 14.28 Paris (FRA) 08 MAR 1997

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. Triple Jump 14.30 -0.9 Sydney (AUS) 24 SEP 2000
5. Triple Jump 14.48 -0.6 London (GBR) 05 AUG 2012
5. Triple Jump 14.99 -0.1 Athina (GRE) 23 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 14.61 -0.4 Sevilla (ESP) 24 AUG 1999
4. Triple Jump 14.72 +0.8 Helsinki (FIN) 07 AUG 2005
5. Triple Jump 14.50 +0.4 Daegu (KOR) 01 SEP 2011

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.82 Istanbul (TUR) 10 MAR 2012
2. Triple Jump 14.90 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004
3. Triple Jump 14.86 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
4. Triple Jump 14.47 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
6. Triple Jump 14.28 Paris (FRA) 08 MAR 1997
7. Triple Jump 14.47 Maebashi (JPN) 07 MAR 1999

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Triple Jump 14.78 +1.0 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006
3. Triple Jump 14.29 +0.6 Johannesburg (RSA) 11 SEP 1998

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.71 +2.6 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006
1. Triple Jump 14.90 0.0 Brazzaville (CGO) 14 JUL 2004
2. Triple Jump 14.36 -1.6 Addis Abeba (ETH) 04 MAY 2008

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.77 +1.2 Winnipeg (CAN) 28 JUL 1999

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.46 +0.5 Algiers (ALG) 18 JUL 2007

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 14.99 +0.1 Monaco (MON) 13 SEP 2003
3. Triple Jump 14.41 +0.3 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007
3. Triple Jump 14.67 -0.1 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
3. Triple Jump 14.92 +0.2 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
4. Triple Jump 14.39 -1.0 Thessaloniki (GRE) 13 SEP 2009
6. Triple Jump 14.26 +0.8 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.27 +1.2 Bruxelles (BEL) 04 SEP 2009
1. Triple Jump 15.29 +0.3 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003
1. Triple Jump 15.11 +0.1 Oslo (NOR) 27 JUN 2003

Honours - European Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. Triple Jump 13.95 Göteborg (SWE) 03 MAR 2013

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 14.12 +3.1 San Juan (PUR) 26 JUN 1997

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.07 -2.2 Lisboa (POR) 17 JUL 1998
1. Triple Jump 14.39 +1.1 Medellín (COL) 11 MAY 1996

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.34 +0.4 Maracaibo (VEN) 20 AUG 1998

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 13.60 -1.7 Birmingham (GBR) 28 JUN 2014
1. Triple Jump 14.07 +0.7 La Habana (CUB) 24 JUL 2000
1. Triple Jump 14.50 +1.0 La Habana (CUB) 18 MAY 1999
1. Triple Jump 14.55 +1.0 La Habana (CUB) 31 JUL 1998
1. Triple Jump 14.10 +1.5 La Habana (CUB) 15 JUN 1997

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 13.44 Sheffield (GBR) 10 FEB 2013
Results in:

Triple Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
30 APR 2016 Clermont NTC Pure Athletics Spring Invite USAUSA F F 1. 13.74 +0.1
26 MAY 2016 St. Pölten Liese Prokop Memorial AUTAUT E F - NM NWI
25 JUN 2016 Birmingham UK Ch. GBRGBR B F 3. 13.07 +0.3
02 JUL 2016 Lee Valley UK Women's League GBRGBR F F2 2. 11.72 +1.1

Triple Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
30 JAN 2016 Madrid ESPESP F F1 1. 13.41


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Updated 28 February 2008

Yamilé ALDAMA, Sudan (Triple Jump)

Born 14 August 1972, Havana; 1.73m / 62 kg. 

Based in London. Represents Sudan (citizen since January 2004).

Married to Andrew Dodds. Child Amil born 2001.

Coach: Frank Attoh
 
Sixth of seven children (four boys, three girls)


Yamilé Aldama, a former Cuban, now a Sudanese, is one of several formidable African women in the triple jump. For a continent more accustomed to exporting athletic talent than importing it, she is a welcome addition

Aldama started competitive athletics in primary school at the age of 12. Two of her brothers participated in boxing and wrestling. She soon entered a sports school, where she proved to be a good high jumper and her first international success came in the 1988 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, in Nassau, Bahamas, where she won high jump gold.

Thinking she was not tall enough for the high jump, Aldama tried the heptathlon for two seasons, winning the event at the 1993 Barrientos Memorial and improving her high jump PB to 1.88. But women's triple jumping had been introduced in Cuba in 1991 and Aldama tried it in 1994, jumping 13.92m.

Two years later, Aldama gained her first international success in the event, winning gold (14.39) at the 1996 Ibero-American Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Later that year she leapt 14.43 and made the Olympic team for Atlanta but was unable to participate because of injury.

In 1997 Aldama claimed her first national triple jump title and finished 6th at the World Indoor Championships in Paris (14.28). She also took the silver medal (14.12) at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in San Juan. However, she did not qualify for the outdoor World Championships final in Athens (14.09).

More victories followed in 1998. She reached 14.55, just 0.05m short of the national record, and successfully defended her Ibero-American title in Lisbon (14.07). She also won gold (14.34) in the inaugural women’s triple jump in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Maracaibo, Venezuela, going on to finish 3rd (14.29) at the 1998 World Cup in Johannesburg.

Aldama’s breakthrough came in 1999. After finishing 7th at the World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan (14.47), she equalled the national record (14.60) in claiming her third national title in May and improved the record to 14.77 in winning the Pan American Games in Winnipeg two months later. In August, she took the silver medal (14.61) at the World Championships in Seville but did not improve in the Olympic year, although she finished a respectable 4th in Sydney (14.30).

A few indoor meetings (13.95 best) in 2001 preceded a maternity break. Aldama married Andrew Dodds, a Scotsman, and moved to London, where she gave birth to Amil in September. Unable to represent Cuba, as she was based abroad, she hoped to compete for Britain in 2003, but a three-year waiting period meant she could not gain a passport in time to compete in the World Championships or Olympic Games. Come 2004 she would switch to Sudan.

In the meantime, in 2003, after a period of training in Havana, Aldama topped the 15 metres mark for the first time, in Ostrava in June, becoming the first non-European and 11th woman to do so. Having accomplished it once, she managed it four more times in the next four weeks, winning Golden League meetings in Oslo and Rome, where she recorded a PB 15.29 to claim the No.3 spot on the all-time list and No2 in the IAAF World Rankings.

Backing up the 15.29 with a 15.27 win in London in August, but unable to participate in the World Championships in Paris, Aldama ended her season with 2nd place at the World Athletics Final in Monaco (14.99). In all, she recorded 13 marks in the 2003 outdoor season, 10 at 14.98 or better.

In January 2004, Aldama gained a Sudanese passport and was free to compete in international competitions once again. At the World Indoor Championships, in Budapest, she set an African record of 14.90 in the second round to claim the silver medal, behind Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva. Outdoors, Aldama improved the continental standard to 15.21 in Rethymno, Greece, in June, won the African Championship in Brazzaville in July (14.90), and extended the African record again (15.28) in Linz, Austria, on August 2.

Aldama, still not 100 per cent fit, insisted after her jump in Linz that she could have broken the world record, which stands at 15.50m, set 12 years ago by Inessa Kravets, from Ukraine, when winning the World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. "I'm still lacking in speed because I've been troubled with a hamstring injury in my right take-off leg,” Aldama had said in Linz, “It's not fully recovered, but tonight I felt no ill effects. I'm sure it is going to be alright at the Olympic Games."

Famous last words. In swirling winds on the day of the final, many jumpers had trouble hitting the board. In the second round, to avoid fouling, Aldama popped a 14.90 jump from about 30cm behind the board and improved to 14.99 in the fourth round, which briefly put her in medal territory. But, going for broke in the fifth round, she suddenly aborted her jump, clutching her hamstring, and that was that. She wound up a frustrated 5th and closed the season with third place at the World Athletics Final in Monaco.

Aldama missed out on a podium place at the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki, by just 11cm to her former countrywoman, Yargelis Savigne. She closed 2005 with a best of 14.82, the first time in three years that she had finished a season under 15 metres.

Aldama started the 2006 season with her second consecutive medal at the World Indoor Championships, this time bronze in Moscow, with a season’s best of 14.86. Outdoors, she successfully defended her African title, in Mauritius, and then improved to 14.67 for third spot at the 2006 World Athletics Final in Stuttgart. A week later, she sealed the season with a year of best of 14.78 and repeated her 1998 third-place finish from Johannesburg at the World Cup in Athens.

Aldama has been busy taking care of her six-year old boy and did not compete that often in 2007. As a preparation for Osaka, she claimed her first All Africa Games crown in Algiers. However, in the Japanese city she produced a poor 13.46 and could not qualify to in the final.

At the end of the season, Aldama competed in the Pan Aran Games, in Cairo, winning two silver medals in events other than “her” triple jump, which she had entered to help her adoptive country increase its medal tally.

In a team whose brightest star was young 800m runner Abubaker Kaki, one of the four athletes to achieve double gold in Cairo, Aldama had to be content with double silver in the long jump (6.05) and high jump (1.77, the same height as the winner).
 
Indoors in 2008, she has only competed once this winter, when third (14.20) at the SEAT meeting in Paris. However, she knows when to peak at the right time and, in Valencia, looks forward to her third consecutive World Indoor Championships medal. Valencia will be her fifth World Indoor Championships.


Personal Bests

Triple jump: 15.29 (2003), 14.90i (2004)


Yearly Progression

2000- 14.47; 2001-13.85i; 2002-14.40/14.54w; 2003-15.29 AR; 2004-15.28/14.90i;
2005 - 14.82; 2006-14.86i / 14.67; 2007-14.58; 2008-14.20i.


Career Highlights

1996 1st  Ibero-American Championships
1997 6th  World Indoor Championships
1998 1st  Ibero-American Championships
1998 1st  Central American and Caribbean Games
1998 3rd  World Cup, Johannesburg
1999 7th  World Indoor Championships
1999 1st  Pan American Games
1999 2nd  World Championships
2000 4th  Olympic Games
2003 2nd  World Athletics Final
2004 2nd  World Indoor Championships
2004 2nd  World Indoor Championships
2004 1st  African Championships
2004 5th  Olympic Games
2004 3rd  World Athletics Final
2005 4th  World Championships
2005 6th  World Athletics Final
2006 3rd  World Indoor Championships
2006 1st  African Championships
2006 3rd  World Athletics Final
2006 3rd  World Cup 
2007 1st  All Africa Games
 

Prepared by Chris Robinson for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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