Yordanis García

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Yordanis García
Yordanis Garcia at TNT Fortuna Meeting in Kladno 15June2011 061.jpg
Yordanis García at the 2011 TNT – Fortuna Meeting in Kladno
Personal information
Full name Yordanis García Barrisonte
Born (1988-11-21) November 21, 1988 (age 29)
San Juan y Martínez, Pinar del Río
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Updated on 28 December 2014.

Yordanis García Barrisonte (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝorˈðanis ɣarˈsi.a βariˈsonte]; born November 21, 1988 in San Juan y Martínez, Pinar del Río) is a male decathlete from Cuba who competed for his native country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[1] The 2005 World Youth champion, he is a two-time medallist at the Pan American Games and has competed at the World Championships in Athletics on three occasions (2007, 2009, 2011). He is the nephew of Yenima Arencibia.

He had his first international success came at the age of sixteen at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics. His winning score in the octathlon, 6482 points, was a new world youth record for the event. García had taken time to develop at the youth level but the Cuban combined events coach, Gabino Arzola, remained convinced that he would mature. Along with Leonel Suárez and Yunior Díaz, García was one of a young Cuban trio that Arzola hoped would gain selection for the 2012 London Olympics.[2] In 2006, García became the Cuban decathlon champion and won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships behind Russian Arkadiy Vasilyev. His runner-up performance was achieved through personal bests in every event but the long jump, which resulted in a Cuban junior record of 7850 points.[3]

García's first senior championship appearances came in 2007, in which he won a silver at the 2007 Pan American Games and took eighth place at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics with a personal best and Cuban record score of 8257 points. He went on to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and just scraped below the 8000-point barrier by eight points, finishing in fifteenth overall. García's compatriot Leonel Suárez, on the other hand, had broken the national record with an 8527-point performance for the Olympic bronze medal. In 2009, García improved his personal best to 8496 points in Havana and went on to finish eighth at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics with 8387 points.

At the start of the outdoor season in 2010, he came third at the Multistars meeting then won at the Erdgas Meeting in Ratingen, Germany – outdoing Suárez with a season's best of 8288.[4] Later that season on the European circuit, he managed fourth place with a total of 8174 points at the Décastar meeting in September – a contest won by his rival Suárez.[5] He began 2011 with a season's best of 8397 points in Havana, but fared less well in Europe, dropping out of the Hypo Meeting and coming sixth with 8067 points at the TNT-Fortuna Meeting. He competed at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but dropped out for the second time that season after six events.[6] Suárez topped the podium at the 2011 Pan American Games in October and García joined him with a bronze medal performance.[7]

At the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships he came seventh in a small heptathlon field with a tally of 5704 points.[8] He was seventh at the Hypo Meeting in May but improved to third place at the Mehrkampf-Meeting Ratingen a month later.[9] He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in 14th place with a total of 7956 points.[10]

He competed at the 2015 World Championships, but did not finish. At the 2016 Olympics, he finished in 18th place with 7961 points.[11]

Personal bests[edit]


Event Performance Location Date
100 m 10.5
Cuba La Habana 9 May 2013
400 m 48.17 A Mexico Xalapa 24 November 2014
1500 m 4:31.40 Cuba La Habana 6 May 2011
110 m hurdles 13.89
(wind: +0.5 m/s)
Germany Ratingen 21 June 2009
High jump 2.10m Cuba La Habana 29 May 2009
Pole vault 4.90m Cuba La Habana 20 March 2010
Long jump 7.36m
(wind: +0.2 m/s)
Cuba La Habana 29 May 2009
Shot put 16.50m Cuba La Habana 29 May 2009
Discus throw 47.70m Cuba La Habana 19 July 2008
Javelin throw 69.37m Germany Berlin 20 August 2009
Decathlon 8496pts Cuba La Habana 30 May 2009


Event Performance Location Date
60 m 6.89 Estonia Tallinn 7 February 2009
1000 m 2:50.21 Turkey Istanbul 10 March 2012
60 m hurdles 7.80 Sweden Göteborg 2 February 2010
High jump 2.08m Ukraine Sumy 17 February 2010
Pole vault 4.70m Spain Sevilla 22 February 2009
Long jump 6.99m Estonia Tallinn 12 February 2010
Shot put 15.93m Spain Sevilla 21 February 2009
Heptathlon 5905pts Spain Sevilla 21 February 2009


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
2005 World Youth Championships Marrakech, Morocco 1st Octathlon 6482 pts
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 2nd Decathlon (junior) 7850 pts
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Decathlon 8113 pts
World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th Decathlon 8257 pts
2008 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria - Decathlon DNF
Olympic Games Beijing, China 15th Decathlon 7992 pts
2009 Americas Combined Events Cup La Habana, Cuba 1st Decathlon 8496 pts
World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th Decathlon 8387 pts
2010 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 18th Decathlon 7479 pts
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea Decathlon DNF
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 3rd Decathlon 8074 pts
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 7th Heptathlon 5704 pts
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 14th Decathlon 7956 pts
2013 Pan American Combined Events Cup Ottawa, Canada 1st Decathlon 8141 pts
2014 Pan American Combined Events Cup Ottawa, Canada 1st Decathlon 8179 pts
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, México 1st Decathlon 7854 pts A
2015 Pan American Combined Events Cup Ottawa, Canada 1st Decathlon 7977 pts
Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 5th Decathlon 7919 pts
World Championships Beijing, China Decathlon DNF
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 18th Decathlon 7961 pts


  1. ^ "XXIX JUEGOS OLIMPICOS BEIJING 2008 - Delegación Cubana" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Deportes Educación Física y Recreación (INDER). p. 57. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 1, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Yordanis Garcia - Beijing in his sights after World Youth Best. IAAF (2005-07-25). Retrieved on 2010-06-21.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris (2006-08-17). World Junior Champs, Day 3 – PM session summary. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-21.
  4. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2010-06-20). Garcia and Oeser prevail in Ratingen - IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-21.
  5. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2010-09-19). Suarez and Chernova prevail in Talence - IAAF World Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-19.
  6. ^ 2011 World Championships - Decathlon Summary Archived August 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-16.
  7. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2011-10-26). Suarez and Armstrong set new records, Clarke outsprints Collins - Pan American Games, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-16.
  8. ^ "2012 World Indoor Championships – Men's heptathlon (final results)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  9. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2012-06-16). Bourrada breaks African record in Ratingen, Day 2 - IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-16.
  10. ^ "Yordanis García Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  11. ^ "IAAF: Yordani Garcia | Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 

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