Denia Caballero

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Denia Caballero
Personal information
Born (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 25)
Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Updated on 9 January 2015.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Caballero and the second or maternal family name is Ponce.

Denia Caballero Ponce (born 13 January 1990) is a Cuban track and field athlete who competes in the discus throw. She has a personal best of 65.60 metres for the event. She was the Central American and Caribbean champion in 2011 and the 2011 Pan American Games bronze medallist.[1]

Born in Caibarién, Villa Clara Province,[2] 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,[3] and became the Cuban junior champion.[4] 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.[3][5]

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).[6] 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.[7] 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.[3] She had much success regionally that year, winning the gold medal at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics,[8] as well as a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games (an event won by fellow Cuban Yarelys Barrios).[9][10]

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.[11][12]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
Discus throw 65.60 m Cuba La Habana 9 Mar 2012
Hammer throw 64.32 m Cuba La Habana 8 Feb 2008


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 4th Discus 56.91 m
2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1st Discus 62.06 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th Discus 60.73 m
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 3rd Discus 58.63 m A
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 27th (q) Discus 58.78 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 8th Discus 62.80 m
2014 Pan American Sports Festival Ciudad de México, México 1st Discus 62.19 m A
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, México 1st Discus 64.47 m A


  1. ^ Denia Caballero (in Spanish), EcuRed, retrieved January 9, 2015 
  2. ^ Denia Caballero. London2012. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  3. ^ a b c Caballero Denia. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  4. ^ Outdoors Jul-Dec 2008. World Junior Athletics News. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  5. ^ III Juegos de ALBA 2009 (Spanish). Atletismo Peruano. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  6. ^ Denia Caballero Ponce. Olimpiada Cubana. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  7. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2011-05-29). New talents emerge at Barrientos Memorial in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  8. ^ Atletismo: Denia Caballero, primer oro de Cuba en Centroamericanos (Spanish). TV Yumuri. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  9. ^ Cubanos Robles y Barrios suman oros y récords. JIT (2011-10-21). Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  10. ^ Biography - CABALLERO Denia, PASO, retrieved January 9, 2015 
  11. ^ Montesinos, Enrique (2012-04-04). Yarelis Barrios – A great among the greats. Granma International. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  12. ^ Cuba announces team of 47 for London Games. IAAF (2012-07-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-16.

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