Caterine Ibargüen

Caterine Ibargüen Mena ODB (born 12 February 1984)[2] is a retired Colombian athlete competing in high jump, long jump and triple jump.[3][4] Her notable achievements include a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, two gold medals in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, and two gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games and 2015 Pan American Games.

Caterine Ibargüen
Caterine Ibargüen Beijing 2015.jpg
Ibargüen at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameCaterine Ibargüen Mena
Born (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 37)
Apartadó, Antioquia, Colombia[1]
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Event(s)Triple jump
Coached byUbaldo Duany
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • High Jump: 1.93 (2005)
  • Long Jump: 6.93 (2018)
  • Triple Jump: 15.31 (2014)
  • Heptathlon: 5742 (2009)


Caterine was born in the Urabá region of Antioquia, where she was raised by her grandmother after her parents separated because of the armed conflict in Colombia.[5] Her father left for Venezuela and her mother moved to Turbo, Colombia. Caterine first played volleyball and Wilder Zapata, her coach, noticed her skill and suggested she play in Medellín, which had the high-profile Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex as a venue for national and international games. There she began her training in 1996 with the Cuban coach Jorge Luis Alfaro, specializing in the high jump.

Her personal best in the high jump is 1.93 metres, achieved on 22 July 2005 in Cali. This is the current Colombian record. She competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where jumped 1.85 m in the qualifying round. She held the South American record in the triple jump with 15.31 m from July 2014 until September 2019.[6] That jump remained the best jump since the Olympics in August 2008 until Yulimar Rojas achieved a mark of 15.41 m at the Jaén Paraíso Interior Meeting. On 1 September 2011 obtained the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu with a 14.84 m performance. Based in Puerto Rico.[7] Coached by Ubaldo Duany, former Cuban Long Jumper (8.32 m PB from 1986). On 5 August, she won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the triple jump competition with a 14.80 m jump on her last attempt. On 15 August 2013 she won IAAF World Championships in Moscow in the triple jump competition with a 14.85 m jump on her second attempt.

Caterine Ibargüen announced retirement in August 2021.[8]

Personal bestsEdit

  • 200 m: 24.96 s (wind: -1.2 m/s)San Germán, 4 December 2009
  • 800 m: 2:35.35 minSan Germán, 4 December 2010
  • 100 m hurdles: 14.09 s (wind: +0.0 m/s)Mayagüez, 19 February 2011
  • High jump: 1.93 mCali, 22 July 2005
  • Long jump: 6.93 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)Ostrava, 9 September 2018
  • Triple jump: 15.31 m (wind: 0.0 m/s)Monaco, 18 July 2014
  • Shot put: 13.79 mCarolina, 20 March 2010
  • Javelin throw: 37.72 mSan Germán, 4 December 2010
  • Heptathlon: 5742 ptsSan Germán, 5 December 2009
  • High jump: 1.81 mMoscow, 11 March 2006

International competitionsEdit

Representing   Colombia
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1999 South American Championships Bogotá, Colombia 3rd High jump 1.76 m A
World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 15th (q) High jump 1.65 m
South American Junior Championships Concepción, Chile 2nd High jump 1.73 m
2001 South American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st High jump 1.77 m
2nd Long jump 5.87 m
3rd Triple jump 12.65 m
2nd 4 × 100 m 45.92 s
Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 2nd High jump 1.77 m
6th Long jump 5.70 m
4th Triple jump 12.90 m
3rd 4 × 100 m 46.89 s
Bolivarian Games Ambato, Ecuador 1st High jump 1.79 m A
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 20th (q) Triple jump 12.69 m (+0.6 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships (U-20)
Bridgetown, Barbados 2nd High jump 1.79 m
3rd Triple jump 13.01 m (−1.3 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador, El Salvador 3rd High jump 1.79 m
2nd Triple jump 13.17 m (−1.4 m/s)
2003 South American Junior Championships Guayaquil, Ecuador 1st High jump 1.80 m
1st Triple jump 13.05 m (+2.0 m/s)
South American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 4th High jump 1.79 m
2nd Long jump 6.04 m (−0.4 m/s)
3rd Triple jump 13.07 m (−0.1 m/s)
Pan American Junior Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 4th High jump 1.81 m
4th Triple jump 12.64 m (−0.8 m/s)
2004 South American Under-23 Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1st High jump 1.91 m
2nd Long jump 6.05 m (+0.9 m/s)
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 3rd High jump 1.88 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 16th (q) High jump 1.85 m
2005 South American Championships Cali, Colombia 1st High jump 1.93 m
3rd Long jump 6.30 m (−3.0 m/s)
3rd Triple jump 13.59 m (+1.3 m/s)
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 23rd (q) High jump 1.84 m
Bolivarian Games Armenia, Colombia 1st High jump 1.91 m GR A
1st Long jump 6.54 m (+0.7 m/s) GR A
2nd Triple jump 13.64 m (+1.9 m/s) A
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 17th (q) High jump 1.81 m
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 2nd High jump 1.88 m
2nd Long jump 6.36 m (+0.5 m/s)
South American Championships Tunja, Colombia 1st High jump 1.90 m
2nd Long jump 6.51 m A w (+3.8 m/s)
2nd Triple jump 13.91 m A (+0.9 m/s)
South American Under-23 Championships
/ South American Games
Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd High jump 1.85 m
1st Long jump 6.32 m (+1.1 m/s)
2nd Triple jump 13.26 m w (+2.5 m/s)
2007 ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st High jump 1.85 m
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th High jump 1.87 m
South American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st High jump 1.84 m
3rd Long jump 6.18 m (+0.9 m/s)
2008 Ibero-American Championships Iquique, Chile 2nd High jump 1.85 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships Cali, Colombia 2nd High jump 1.88 m
6th Triple jump 13.04 m (−2.0 m/s)
2009 South American Championships Lima, Peru 1st High jump 1.88 m A
1st Triple jump 13.93 m A (+0.5 m/s)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 28th (q) High jump 1.85 m
Bolivarian Games Sucre, Bolivia 1st High jump 1.80 m A
1st Long jump 6.32 m A (−0.4 m/s)
2nd Triple jump 13.96 m A (−0.3 m/s)
2010 Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 2nd Triple jump 14.29 m (+2.0 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 4th Long jump 6.29 m (−0.5 m/s)
2nd Triple jump 14.10 m (+0.8 m/s)
2011 South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 3rd Long jump 6.45 m (−0.5 m/s)
1st Triple jump 14.59 m w (+2.2 m/s)
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd Triple jump 14.84 m (+0.4 m/s)
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 3rd Long jump 6.63 m (+1.6 m/s) NR
1st Triple jump 14.92 m (+0.1 m/s)
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd Triple jump 14.80 m (+0.4 m/s)
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st Triple jump 14.85 m (+0.4 m/s)
2014 Continental Cup Marrakech, Morocco 1st Triple jump 14.52 m (−0.5 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, Mexico 1st Triple jump 14.57 m A (−0.4 m/s)
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 1st Triple jump 15.08 m (w)
World Championships Beijing, China 1st Triple jump 14.90 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st Triple jump 15.17 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd Triple jump 14.89 m
2018 Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla, Colombia 1st Long jump 6.83 m (w)
1st Triple jump 14.92 m
2019 Pan American Games Lima, Peru 5th Long jump 6.54 m
World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd Triple jump 14.73 m
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 10th Triple jump 14.25 m


  •   Colombia:
    •   Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit (12 December 2018)


  • 2018 IAAF Female athlete of the year award[9]


  1. ^ Tiempo, Casa Editorial El (24 August 2015). "Esta es la hoja de vida de Catherine Ibargüen". El Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Athlete Profile". IAAF Athletics. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  3. ^ Biography – IBARGUEN Catherine, PASO, archived from the original on 25 March 2014, retrieved 8 January 2015
  4. ^ Clavelo, Javier; Biscayart, Eduardo (8 September 2014), Focus on Athletes biographies – Caterine IBARGÜEN Mena, Colombia (Long Jump/Triple Jump), IAAF, retrieved 8 January 2015
  5. ^ Alperín, Eduardo (6 August 2012). "La historia de Ibargüen". ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  6. ^ Mike Rowbottom (18 July 2014). "Ibargüen's terrific triple jump of 15.31m – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  7. ^ Gallo, Iván (14 August 2016). "El adiós dorado de Caterine Ibargüen". Las2orillas. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. ^ Colombia’s Ibarguen brings golden triple jumping career to close at 37 Inside the games
  9. ^ "Eliud Kipchoge and Caterine Ibarguen take top honours at IAAF athletge of the year awards". Reuters. Archived from the original on 6 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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