María Caridad Colón

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María Colon
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Full nameMaría Caridad Colón Rueñes-Salazar
BornMarch 25, 1958 (1958-03-25) (age 62)
Baracoa, Cuba

María Caridad Colón Rueñes-Salazar (born March 25, 1958 in Baracoa) is a former javelin thrower from Cuba who won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics, setting a new record.[1]

She lit the flame at the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games.[2]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
1976 Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships
Xalapa, Mexico 3rd Shot put 10.60 m
1st Javelin 46.13 m
1978 Central American and Caribbean Games Medellín, Colombia 1st Javelin 63.40 m
1979 Pan American Games San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st Javelin 62.36 m
Soviet Spartakiad Moscow, Soviet Union 2nd Javelin 62.30 m
World Cup Montreal, Canada 3rd Javelin 63.50 m1
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 1st Javelin 68.40 m
1982 Central American and Caribbean Games Havana, Cuba 1st Javelin 62.80 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 8th Javelin 62.04 m
Pan American Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st Javelin 63.76 m
Ibero-American Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st Javelin 57.60 m
1984 Friendship Games Prague, Czechoslovakia 3rd Javelin 64.34 m
1985 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 2nd Javelin 62.78 m
Universiade Kobe, Japan 3rd Javelin 62.46 m
World Cup Canberra, Australia 7th Javelin 54.00 m1
1986 Central American and Caribbean Games Santiago, Dominican Republic 1st Javelin 67.00 m
Ibero-American Championships Havana, Cuba 1st Javelin 61.80 m
1987 Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 2nd Javelin 61.66 m
World Championships Rome, Italy 18th (q) Javelin 57.82 m
1990 Central American and Caribbean Games Mexico City, Mexico 2nd Javelin 55.86 m

1Representing the Americas


  1. ^ Fuller, Linda K. (2016). Female olympians : a mediated socio-cultural and political-economic timeline. New York: Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 41. ISBN 9781137594815. OCLC 966525012.
  2. ^ Official Results Archived 2012-03-27 at the Wayback Machine p. 89 "María Caridad Colón became the first woman in these events who carried the torch to light the fire stand in the main stadium during the opening act."

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