Three Cubans Inducted into Hall of
Fame of CAC Athletics Confederation
HAVANA, Cuba, Dec
19 (acn) Cuba’s World and Olympic medalists Ioamnet Quintero
(women’s High Jump), Aliecer Urrutia (men’s Triple Jump) and Yoel
Garcia (men’s Triple Jump) were inducted into the Hall of Fame of
the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC)
during a ceremony held on Sunday at Havana’s Melia Cohiba Hotel.
In 1993, Quintero won Cuba’s first
title in the history of the World
Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, clearing 1.99 meters. In
year, she registered her personal bests with 2.00 meters
outdoors and 2.01
In her long career of over 15 years, Quintero participated in
Olympic Games, with her best result being a bronze medal in
1992. She also won the 1992 World Cup in Havana and took the
crowns at the
Pan American Games of 1991 (Havana) and 1995 (Mar del Plata).
Meanwhile, Urrutia broke the men’s Triple Jump World indoor
record in 1997
with a 17.83-meter leap in the German city of Sindelfingen. This
stood until March 2010, when France’s Teddy Tamgho improved it
Also in 1997, Urrutia followed his countryman Garcia for second
World Indoor Championships in Paris and added a bronze medal in
at the World Championships in Athens, where his countryman
won with a national record of 17.85 meters.
His career also includes an Olympic experience in Atlanta`96,
University Games silver in 1997 and the 1993 CAC silver when he
Finally, Joel Garcia took the Olympic silver medal in Sydney
best performance ever by a Cuban triple jumper at the
event. In 1997, he claimed the World Indoor gold in Paris and
his personal best (17.62) in Sindelfingen on the same day when
shattered the World record. At the World Championships, he was
the medals in Edmonton 2001, but lost the bronze in the fifth
he and Urrutia ended their careers in 2004.
Quintero, Garcia and Urrutia joined 27 Cubans, including 22
already included in the exclusive group since the first ceremony
in 2003. The list features Javier Sotomayor, Ana Fidelia Quirot,
Leonard, Alberto Juantorena and Enrique Figuerola.
Present in the ceremony were IAAF Member Services Department
Locatelli, IAAF Area Representative and NACAC chairman Neville
CACAC chairman Víctor Lopez and IAAF Council member and Cuban
president Alberto Juantorena.