Osleidys Menéndez

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Osleidys Menéndez
Personal information
Full name Osleidys Menéndez Sáez
Born November 14, 1979
Martí, Matanzas
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb)
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Updated on 17 June 2013.

Osleidys Menéndez Sáez (Spanish pronunciation: [osˈleiðis meˈnendes]; born November 14, 1979 in Martí) is a Cuban athlete competing in the javelin throw. She is a former Olympic champion, world champion, and world record holder.


When winning the 2005 World Athletics Championships, Menéndez broke her own world record with a throw of 71.70 m. This record was broken by Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková in September 2008 with a throw of 72.28 m.

Personal bests[edit]

  • Javelin throw: 71.10 mFinland Helsinki, 14 August 2005


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
1994 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st Javelin 47.32 m
1995 Pan American Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st Javelin 51.30 m
1996 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) San Salvador, El Salvador 1st Javelin 59.98 m
World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 1st Javelin (old spec.) 60.96 m
1997 Pan American Junior Championships La Habana, Cuba 1st Javelin 61.76 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st Javelin 63.08 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 7th Javelin 63.76 m
1998 Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 2nd Javelin 62.06 m
World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st Javelin (old spec.) 68.17 m
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st Javelin 65.85 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 4th Javelin 64.61 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd Javelin 66.18 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st Javelin 69.53 m CR
Universiade Beijing, PR China 1st Javelin 69.82 m UR
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 1st Javelin 66.14 m
2002 IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st Javelin 64.41 m[1]
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd Javelin 60.20 m
World Championships Paris, France 5th Javelin 62.19 m
2004 Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 1st Javelin 66.99 m CR
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Javelin 71.53 m OR
IAAF World Athletics Final Fontvieille, Monaco 1st Javelin 66.20 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st Javelin 71.70 m WR
IAAF World Athletics Final Fontvieille, Monaco 1st Javelin 67.24 m
2006 Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 2nd Javelin 59.94 m
2007 ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 2nd Javelin 58.98 m
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st Javelin 62.34 m SB
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 6th Javelin 63.35 m
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 2nd Javelin 58.09 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 2nd Javelin 59.68 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th Javelin 63.11 m
IAAF World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 5th Javelin 59.93 m

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Representing the Americas
  2. ^ Menendez and Betanzos star in high quality Cuban National Olympics, IAAF, 25 April 2004, retrieved 31 March 2012 

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Norway Trine Hattestad
Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Greece Miréla Manjani
Preceded by
Greece Miréla Manjani
Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
2004 – 2005
Succeeded by
Germany Christina Obergföll