The Barrientos Memorial (Spanish: Memorial José Barrientos) is an annual track and field meeting in Havana, Cuba each May. The event was first held in 1946, in recognition of José Barrientos (a former Cuban Olympic sprinter), who died in an aviation accident the previous year.[1] It is the most prominent annual athletics event in Cuba, alongside the Copa Cuba. It is one of the longest-running track and field meetings in Latin America, and the oldest in the Caribbean.[2][3]

Barrientos Memorial
The host stadium
LocationHavana, Cuba
Event typeTrack and field



For the first two editions, the competition was held at the Estadio Universitario Juan Abrantes. After a long residency at Estadio Pedro Marrero, the meet moved to its current venue, the Estadio Panamericano, in 1992. The meet was held at the Estadio José Pepe del Cabo, outside of the Cuban capital, in 1978 and 1982 due to ongoing works at the Estadio Pedro Marrero during those periods. The competition principally features national and international level Cuban athletes, though foreign athletes have also been on the programme since 1950, with past attendees including Donald Quarrie, Nenad Stekić, and American sprinters Dennis Mitchell and Calvin Smith.[citation needed]

The competition regularly serves as the national Cuban Athletics Championships. The meeting takes place over one to three days, depending on the level of participation.[4][5][6][7] It is also frequently used to determine the national teams for regional competitions, such as the Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean Games.[8][3]

See also



  1. ^ José Barrientos. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  2. ^ Cuban stars to shine at Memorial Barrientos. IAAF (2001-05-21). Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  3. ^ a b Cubans give indication of top form at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF (2006-06-06). Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  4. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2011-05-29). New talents emerge at Barrientos Memorial in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  5. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2010-03-23). Barrios steals the show at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  6. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2007-05-28). Robles 13.17, Moreno reaches 74.90 at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  7. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2003-06-01). Moreno improves again at Barrientos Memorial in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  8. ^ Cubans start outdoor campaign with national championships on the way to Santo Domingo and Paris. IAAF (2003-05-26). Retrieved on 2016-09-04.