Dailenys Alcántara

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Dailenys Alcántara
Personal information
Full name Dailenys Alcántara Pacheco
Born (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 26)
Santiago de Cuba
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Triple jump
Updated on 8 January 2015.

Dailenys Alcántara Pacheco (born 10 August 1991) is a Cuban track and field athlete who competes in the triple jump and occasionally the long jump. She was the 2007 World Youth champion then became the first person to win two straight triple jump title at the World Junior Championships in Athletics (2008 and 2010). She represented Cuba at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.


Born in Santiago de Cuba,[1] Alcántara's talent for track and field was identified at a young age. She competed in sprinting events and the high jump, but found most success in the triple jump, taking victories at the Cuban schools games in 2002 and 2004. A triple jump/long jump double followed at the 2006 ESPA high school championships.[2] Her international debut came at the age of fifteen at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics. She entered the competition as the world's leading youth athletee with her personal best of 14.21 m and claimed the triple jump title ahead of fellow Cuban Josleidy Ribalta.[3] She also placed seventh in the long jump.[4]

Despite being one of the younger entrants, Alcántara improved two personal bests at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics, jumping 14.25 m to take the triple jump gold medal and 6.41 m to earn herself the long jump bronze medal.[5][6] She began to establish herself nationally in 2009 by winning the long jump at the Barrientos Memorial and placing third in the triple jump with a Central American and Caribbean junior record of 14.36 m (beating Mabel Gay's former mark).[7] That year she entered senior international events, winning the long jump at the 2009 ALBA Games and placing sixth at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics.[8] She also won the triple jump at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.[9]

She focused just on the triple jump from 2010 onwards. She won the Barrientos Memorial that year, setting a best of 14.34 m there.[10] At the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics she became the first athlete to win back-to-back triple jump titles and was over 30 cm ahead of the competition.[11] The following year she set a personal best of 14.56 m in Havana, then had podium finishes on the Brazilian Athletics Tour. She was one of four Cuban women to compete in the triple jump at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but on her major debut her mark of 13.78 m was not enough to reach the final.[4] She defeated two-time world champion Yargelis Savigne at the 2012 IAAF Centenary meet in Havana with a personal best jump of 14.58 m.[12] She came third at the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meet in New York City in June and made her first Cuban Olympic team a month later.[13]

Personal bests[edit]


  • Long jump: 6.41 m (wind: +1.9 m/s)Poland Bydgoszcz, 12 July 2008
  • Triple jump: 14.58 m (wind: -1.4 m/s)Cuba La Habana, 27 May 2012


  • Triple jump: 13.91 mSpain Madrid, 18 February 2012

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 7th Long jump 6.09 m (wind: +1.7 m/s)
1st Triple jump 13.63 m (wind: +1.0 m/s)
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd Long jump 6.41 m (wind: -1.9 m/s)
1st Triple jump 14.25 m (wind: -0.5 m/s)
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 1st Long jump 6.33 m (wind: +0.5 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Championships La Habana, Cuba 6th Long jump 6.07 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
Pan American Junior Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st Triple jump 13.17 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 1st Triple jump 14.09 m (wind: +2.0 m/s)
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 23rd (q) Triple jump 13.78 m (wind: -0.8 m/s)
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 16th (q) Triple jump 13.97 m (wind: +1.6 m/s)
2014 Pan American Sports Festival Ciudad de México, México 3rd Triple jump 14.29 m A (wind: 0.8 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, México 2nd Triple jump 14.09 m A (wind: -0.3 m/s)
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 5th Triple jump 14.04 m (w)
NACAC Championships San José, Costa Rica 8th Triple jump 13.45 m (w)


  1. ^ Dailenys Alcantara. London2012. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  2. ^ Daylenis Alcántara Pacheco (in Spanish). EcuRed. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  3. ^ Arcoleo, Laura (2007-07-12). Girls Triple Jump Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  4. ^ a b Alcántara Dailenys. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  5. ^ Arcoleo, Laura (2008-07-12). Women's Long Jump. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  6. ^ Arcoleo, Laura (2008-07-10). Women’s Triple Jump. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  7. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2009-06-01). Savigne, Copello and Lopez shine at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  8. ^ 2009 CAC Championships Women's Triple Jump[permanent dead link]. CAC2009. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  9. ^ Pan American Junior Championships Archived 13 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  10. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2010-03-23). Barrios steals the show at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  11. ^ Women's Triple Jump final. IAAF (2010-07-23). Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  12. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2012-05-28). Ortega upsets Robles at IAAF Centennial Anniversary meet in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  13. ^ Cuba announces team of 47 for London Games. IAAF (2012-07-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-21.

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