Osleidys Menéndez

Osleidys Menéndez Sáez (Spanish pronunciation: [osˈlejðis meˈnendes ˈsaes]; born November 14, 1979) is a retired Cuban track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. She was a World and Olympic Champion, and held the world record from 2001 to 2008. Her personal best of 71.70 m remains the North, Central American and Caribbean record and ranks her third on the overall list.

Osleidys Menéndez
Personal information
Full nameOsleidys Menéndez Sáez
BornNovember 14, 1979 (1979-11-14) (age 43)
Martí, Matanzas, Cuba
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Country Cuba
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)NACACR 71.70 m (2006)
Updated on 17 June 2013.

When winning the 2005 World Athletics Championships, Menéndez broke her own world record with a throw of 71.70 m. This record was broken by Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková in September 2008 with a throw of 72.28 m.

She won the Cuban National Games in 2004.[1]

Personal bestsEdit

  • Javelin throw: 71.70 m  Helsinki, 14 August 2005

International competitionsEdit

Representing   Cuba
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1994 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st Javelin 47.32 m
1995 Pan American Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st Javelin 51.30 m
1996 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) San Salvador, El Salvador 1st Javelin 59.98 m
World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 1st Javelin (old spec.) 60.96 m
1997 Pan American Junior Championships La Habana, Cuba 1st Javelin 61.76 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st Javelin 63.08 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 7th Javelin 63.76 m
1998 Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 2nd Javelin 62.06 m
World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st Javelin (old spec.) 68.17 m
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st Javelin 65.85 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 4th Javelin 64.61 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd Javelin 66.18 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st Javelin 69.53 m CR
Universiade Beijing, PR China 1st Javelin 69.82 m UR
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 1st Javelin 66.14 m
2002 IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st Javelin 64.41 m[2]
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd Javelin 60.20 m
World Championships Paris, France 5th Javelin 62.19 m
2004 Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 1st Javelin 66.99 m CR
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Javelin 71.53 m OR
IAAF World Athletics Final Fontvieille, Monaco 1st Javelin 66.20 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st Javelin 71.70 m WR
IAAF World Athletics Final Fontvieille, Monaco 1st Javelin 67.24 m
2006 Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 2nd Javelin 59.94 m
2007 ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 2nd Javelin 58.98 m
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st Javelin 62.34 m SB
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 6th Javelin 63.35 m
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 2nd Javelin 58.09 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 2nd Javelin 59.68 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th Javelin 63.11 m
IAAF World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 5th Javelin 59.93 m


  1. ^ Menendez and Betanzos star in high quality Cuban National Olympics, IAAF, 25 April 2004, retrieved 31 March 2012
  2. ^ Representing the Americas

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
Succeeded by