Yarelys Barrios

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Yarelys Barrios
2012-06-07 Bislett Games Barrios02.jpg
Barrios at the 2012 Bislett Games
Personal information
Full nameYarelis Barrios Castañeda
Born (1983-07-12) July 12, 1983 (age 36)
Pinar del Río, Pinar del Río
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight89 kg (196 lb)
Country Cuba
Barrios (right) at the 2007 World Championships

Yarelys Barrios Castañeda (also Yarelis Barrios Castañeda; born July 12, 1983 in Pinar del Río) is a female discus thrower from Cuba.


She won the Diamond Race in the women's discus throw of the IAAF Diamond League both in 2010 and in 2011.

She won the 2012 Cuban National Championships with a personal best throw of 68.03 metres.[1]

Barrios finished the Olympic discus competition in 2008 in the second place, but was disqualified by the IOC on September 1, 2016 because of doping due to a sample reanalysis which resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Acetazolamide.[2]

Barrios sold her Olympic silver medal on auction site, eBay, for unknown reasons, and it was bought for $11,000 (£9,000).[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
2005 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 1st Discus 60.41 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st Discus 56.59 m
2006 Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 2nd Discus 58.22 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd Discus 63.90 m (=PB)
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st Discus 61.72 m
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 1st Discus 61.36 m
2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships Cali, Colombia 1st Discus 62.87 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China DSQ (2nd) Discus 63.64 m
2009 ALBA Games Havana, Cuba 2nd Discus 63.24 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 1st Discus 62.10 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd Discus 65.31 m
2010 Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 2nd Discus 59.96 m
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 3rd Discus 62.58 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd Discus 65.73 m
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 1st Discus 66.40 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd Discus 66.38 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd Discus 64.96 m
  • Barrios originally finished 4th in the 2012 Summer Olympics, but she moved up a position after Darya Pishchalnikova was disqualified for testing positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone.


  1. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2012-03-27). "Barrios throws 68.03m in Havana". IAAF. Retrieved 2012-03-29. Yarelis Barrios
  2. ^ "IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008". IOC. 2016-09-01. Yarelys BARRIOS
  3. ^ "Original Second Place Silver Winner Summer Olympic Medal Beijing 2008 Athletics". eBay. 2016-06-06.

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