January 13, 1990 |
Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba
|Updated on 9 January 2015.|
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.
Born in Caibarién, Villa Clara Province, 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, and became the Cuban junior champion. 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.
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). 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. 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. She had much success regionally that year, winning the gold medal at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, as well as a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games (an event won by fellow Cuban Yarelys Barrios).
|Discus throw||65.60 m||La Habana||9 Mar 2012|
|Hammer throw||64.32 m||La Habana||8 Feb 2008|
|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|
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