|Full name||Yoandri Betanzos Francis|
|Born||February 15, 1982|
Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||71 kg (157 lb)|
|Updated on 21 June 2013.|
Early life and careerEdit
They say, he was almost born on the track: His mother, Cuban sprinter Amarailis Francis, suffered from a heavy abdominal pain during her daily practice, and was immediately transferred to a hospital in her hometown Santiago de Cuba. A couple of hours later, she gave birth to her son.
Later, he moved to Ciego de Ávila, the hometown of his father, Cuban boxer Álvaro Betanzos, and started his sports career following in his father's footsteps as a boxer. After about a year, he changed to athletics, firstly competing as a high jumper. In 1993, he became Cuban national champion in his age group setting a new record of 1.86 m, beating the old mark set by Javier Sotomayor. As he was not tall enough, his coaches proposed to change to triple jump.
His personal best outdoor jump is 17.65 metres, achieved in April 2009 in Havana. As of 21 June 2013, this result places him sixth on the all-time Cuban performers list, behind Yoelbi Quesada, Lázaro Betancourt, Aliecer Urrutia, Pedro Pichardo, and Alexis Copello.
|High jump||2.10 m|
|Long jump||6.10 m (wind: +0.4 m/s)||Castellón||28 June 2011|
|Triple jump||17.65 m (wind: +1.4 m/s)||Havana||25 April 2009|
|Long jump||7.51 m||Bratislava||30 January 2011|
|Triple jump||17.69 m||Doha||14 March 2010|
- Yoandris Betanzos Francis (in Spanish), EcuRed, retrieved June 21, 2013
- Clavelo, Javier (February 28, 2008), Focus on Athletes - Yoandri Betanzos, IAAF, retrieved June 21, 2013
- Triple Jump - men - senior - outdoor - All time best, IAAF, retrieved June 21, 2013
- Out of competition performance ineligible for medals.