Yoandri Betanzos

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Yoandri Betanzos
Personal information
Full name Yoandri Betanzos Francis
Born (1982-02-15) February 15, 1982 (age 35)
Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Triple jump
Updated on 21 June 2013.

Yoandri (or Yoandris) Betanzos Francis (born February 15, 1982 in Santiago de Cuba) is a Cuban athlete competing in the triple jump.

Early life and career[edit]

They say, he was almost born on the track: His mother, Cuban sprinter Amarailis Francis, suffered from a heavy abdominal pain during her daily practice, and was immediately transferred to a hospital in her hometown Santiago de Cuba. A couple of hours later, she gave birth to her son.[1]

Later, he moved to Ciego de Ávila, the hometown of his father, Cuban boxer Álvaro Betanzos, and started his sports career following in his father's footsteps as a boxer. After about a year, he changed to athletics, firstly competing as a high jumper. In 1993, he became Cuban national champion in his age group setting a new record of 1.86 m, beating the old mark set by Javier Sotomayor.[1] As he was not tall enough, his coaches proposed to change to triple jump.[2]

Personal bests[edit]

His personal best outdoor jump is 17.65 metres, achieved in April 2009 in Havana. As of 21 June 2013, this result places him sixth on the all-time Cuban performers list, behind Yoelbi Quesada, Lázaro Betancourt, Aliecer Urrutia, Pedro Pichardo, and Alexis Copello.[3]

Event Best Venue Date
High jump 2.10 m[2]
Long jump 6.10 m (wind: +0.4 m/s) Spain Castellón 28 June 2011
Triple jump 17.65 m (wind: +1.4 m/s) Cuba La Habana 25 April 2009
Long jump 7.51 m Slovakia Bratislava 30 January 2011
Triple jump 17.69 m Qatar Doha 14 March 2010


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Cuba
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 15.83 m (wind: +0.1 m/s)
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 2nd 16.34 m (wind: +0.5 m/s)
2001 Central American and Caribbean Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 2nd 16.64 m A (wind: +0.2 m/s)
Universiade Beijing, China 5th 16.86 m w (wind: +2.7 m/s)
Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st 16.47 m (wind: -0.8 m/s)
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st 17.26 m (wind: +1.1 m/s)
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 17.28 m (wind: +0.2 m/s)
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 17.36 m
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 1st[4] 17.18 m (wind: +1.1 m/s)
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 17.47 m (wind: +. m/s)
2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 17.33 m w (wind: +3.0 m/s)
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 17.52 m (wind: +1.2 m/s)
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 17.42 m
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 1st 17.46 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 16.90 m (wind: +0.7 m/s)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 20th (q) 16.54 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 2nd 17.65 m (wind: +1.4 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 2nd 17.24 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 17th (q) 16.77 m (wind: +0.0 m/s)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 17.69 m (wind: +. m/s)
Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 2nd 17.19 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 16.67 m (wind: -0.1 m/s)
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd 16.54 m A (wind: +0.4 m/s)
1st 2:59.43 min A
2012 Ibero-American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1st 16.75 m w (wind: +2.9 m/s)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 23rd 16.22 m w (wind: +2.9 m/s)


  1. ^ a b Yoandris Betanzos Francis (in Spanish), EcuRed, retrieved June 21, 2013 
  2. ^ a b Clavelo, Javier (February 28, 2008), Focus on Athletes - Yoandri Betanzos, IAAF, retrieved June 21, 2013 
  3. ^ Triple Jump - men - senior - outdoor - All time best, IAAF, retrieved June 21, 2013 
  4. ^ Out of competition performance ineligible for medals.

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