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Denia Caballero Ponce (born 13 January 1990) is a Cuban athlete who competes in the discus throw. She has a personal best of 70.65 metres for the event. She won the gold medal at the 2015 and the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships and was the bronze medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Caballero also was the Central American and Caribbean champion in 2011 and the 2011 Pan American Games bronze medallist.[2]

Denia Caballero
Personal information
NationalityCuban
Born (1990-01-13) 13 January 1990 (age 29)
Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)[1]
Sport
CountryCuba
SportAthletics
Event(s)Discus throw

CareerEdit

Born in Caibarién, Villa Clara Province,[3] she took part in track and field as a teenager and at the age of eighteen she cleared fifty metres in the javelin for the first time, setting a personal best mark of 52.10 m,[4] and became the Cuban junior champion.[5] Her family have all been involved in sports, her father as a boxer and her mother as a long jumper. Her uncle, Ricardo Ponce, is a triple jump coach for the Cuban national team.[6] In 2009, she had a succession of personal bests including 56.91 m for fourth at the 2009 ALBA Games and 57.21 m at a meeting in Havana.[4][7]

Caballero came third at both the Barrientos Memorial and Olimpiada del Deporte Cubano in Havana in 2010 (improving her best mark to 59.30 then 59.92 m).[8] Havana was again the venue for her first throw over sixty metres in 2011, as she had a mark of 60.50 m then won the Barrientos meet a week later with a best of 62.94 m.[9] This earned her a spot at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and she reached the final round, finishing ninth with a mark of 60.73 m.[4] She had much success regionally that year, winning the gold medal at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics,[10] as well as a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games (an event won by fellow Cuban Yarelys Barrios).[11][12]

A throw of 65.60 m in March 2012 lifted her to fourth in the world rankings and she was later chosen to perform in the discus alongside Barrios in 2012 Cuban Olympic squad.[13][14]

At the 2013 World Championships, she finished 8th.[6] She won the gold medal at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games with a new games record.[6][15] The record had been set in 1982 by fellow Cuban Maria Betancourt.[15]

In 2015, as well as setting a new personal best, she won the Pan American Games, and produced a shock upset, beating pre-competition favourite Sandra Perkovic to win the World Championship.[6][16][17] Caballero was the first Cuban discuss thrower to win the World title.[6]

She won the bronze medal at the women's discus throw event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[18]

Personal bestsEdit

Event Result Venue Date
Discus throw 70.65 m   Bilbao 20 June 2015
Hammer throw 64.32 m   La Habana 8 February 2008

AchievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "CABALLERO Denia". results.toronto2015.org. 2015 Pan American Games. Archived from the original on 5 August 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ Denia Caballero (in Spanish), EcuRed, archived from the original on 9 January 2015, retrieved 9 January 2015
  3. ^ Denia Caballero Archived 30 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine. London2012. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Caballero Denia Archived 27 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  5. ^ Outdoors Jul–Dec 2008 Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletics News. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Caballero has twin goals for 2016 – Rio gold and a national record| News | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  7. ^ III Juegos de ALBA 2009[permanent dead link] (in Spanish). Atletismo Peruano. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  8. ^ Denia Caballero Ponce Archived 29 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Olimpiada Cubana. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  9. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (29 May 2011). New talents emerge at Barrientos Memorial in Havana Archived 1 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  10. ^ Atletismo: Denia Caballero, primer oro de Cuba en Centroamericanos Archived 5 January 2013 at Archive.today (in Spanish). TV Yumuri. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  11. ^ Cubanos Robles y Barrios suman oros y récords. JIT (21 October 2011). Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  12. ^ Biography – CABALLERO Denia, PASO, archived from the original on 9 January 2015, retrieved 9 January 2015
  13. ^ Montesinos, Enrique (4 April 2012). Yarelis Barrios – A great among the greats Archived 27 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Granma International. Retrieved on 26 July 2012.
  14. ^ Cuba announces team of 47 for London Games Archived 18 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (16 July 2012). Retrieved on 16 July 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Moreno bids farewell on top, Silva over 4.60m at Central American and Caribbean Games| News | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  16. ^ "2015 end-of-year reviews – throws| News | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Preview: women's discus – Rio 2016 Olympic Games| News | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Denia Caballero". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.

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