Yoandri Betanzos

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Yoandri (or Yoandris) Betanzos Francis (born February 15, 1982 in Santiago de Cuba) is a Cuban athlete competing in the triple jump.

Yoandri Betanzos
Personal information
Full nameYoandri Betanzos Francis
Born (1982-02-15) February 15, 1982 (age 38)
Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Country Cuba
Event(s)Triple jump
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.[1]

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.[1] As he was not tall enough, his coaches proposed to change to triple jump.[2]

Personal bestsEdit

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.[3]

Event Best Venue Date
High jump 2.10 m[2]
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


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Cuba
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 15.83 m (wind: +0.1 m/s)
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 2nd 16.34 m (wind: +0.5 m/s)
2001 Central American and Caribbean Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 2nd 16.64 m A (wind: +0.2 m/s)
Universiade Beijing, China 5th 16.86 m w (wind: +2.7 m/s)
Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st 16.47 m (wind: -0.8 m/s)
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st 17.26 m (wind: +1.1 m/s)
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 17.28 m (wind: +0.2 m/s)
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 17.36 m
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 1st[4] 17.18 m (wind: +1.1 m/s)
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 17.47 m (wind: +. m/s)
2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 17.33 m w (wind: +3.0 m/s)
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 17.52 m (wind: +1.2 m/s)
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 17.42 m
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 1st 17.46 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 16.90 m (wind: +0.7 m/s)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 20th (q) 16.54 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
2009 ALBA Games Havana, Cuba 2nd 17.65 m (wind: +1.4 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 2nd 17.24 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 17th (q) 16.77 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 17.69 m (wind: +. m/s)
Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 2nd 17.19 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 16.67 m (wind: -0.1 m/s)
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd 16.54 m A (wind: +0.4 m/s)
1st 2:59.43 min A
2012 Ibero-American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1st 16.75 m w (wind: +2.9 m/s)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 23rd 16.22 m w (wind: +2.9 m/s)


  1. ^ a b Yoandris Betanzos Francis (in Spanish), EcuRed, retrieved June 21, 2013
  2. ^ a b Clavelo, Javier (February 28, 2008), Focus on Athletes - Yoandri Betanzos, IAAF, retrieved June 21, 2013
  3. ^ Triple Jump - men - senior - outdoor - All time best, IAAF, retrieved June 21, 2013
  4. ^ Out of competition performance ineligible for medals.

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