Denia Caballero

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Denia Caballero
Personal information
Born (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 27)
Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)[1]
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Updated on 25 August 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 70.65 metres for the event. She was the Central American and Caribbean champion in 2011 and the 2011 Pan American Games bronze medallist.[2]


Born in Caibarién, Villa Clara Province,[3] 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,[4] and became the Cuban junior champion.[5] 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.[4][6]

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).[7] 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.[8] 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.[4] She had much success regionally that year, winning the gold medal at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics,[9] as well as a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games (an event won by fellow Cuban Yarelys Barrios).[10][11]

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.[12][13]

She won the bronze medal at the women's discus throw event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[14]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
Discus throw 70.65 m Spain Bilbao 20 June 2015
Hammer throw 64.32 m Cuba La Habana 8 Feb 2008


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
2009 ALBA Games Havana, 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, Mexico 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 Mexico City, Mexico 1st Discus 62.19 m A
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, Mexico 1st Discus 64.47 m A
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 1st Discus 65.39 m
World Championships Beijing, China 1st Discus 69.28 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd Discus 65.34 m


  1. ^ a b "CABALLERO Denia". 2015 Pan American Games. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Denia Caballero (in Spanish), EcuRed, retrieved January 9, 2015 
  3. ^ Denia Caballero. London2012. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  4. ^ a b c Caballero Denia. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  5. ^ Outdoors Jul-Dec 2008. World Junior Athletics News. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  6. ^ III Juegos de ALBA 2009 (Spanish). Atletismo Peruano. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  7. ^ Denia Caballero Ponce. Olimpiada Cubana. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  8. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2011-05-29). New talents emerge at Barrientos Memorial in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  9. ^ Atletismo: Denia Caballero, primer oro de Cuba en Centroamericanos (Spanish). TV Yumuri. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  10. ^ Cubanos Robles y Barrios suman oros y récords. JIT (2011-10-21). Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  11. ^ Biography - CABALLERO Denia, PASO, retrieved January 9, 2015 
  12. ^ Montesinos, Enrique (2012-04-04). Yarelis Barrios – A great among the greats. Granma International. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  13. ^ Cuba announces team of 47 for London Games. IAAF (2012-07-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  14. ^ "Denia Caballero". Rio 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sandra Perković
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
[to be determined][needs update]