Javier Sotomayor

Javier Sotomayor

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Javier Sotomayor
Event high jump
Height 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight 176 lbs (80 kg)
Nationality Cuba
PR HJ - 2.45 (1993)
Born October 13, 1967 at Limonar, Matanzas, Cuba
Club adidas

Javier Sotomayor Sanabri (1967-) is a Cuban high jumper who won a gold and silver medal in the Olympics.

He twice increased the world record, to 2.44 metres on July 29, 1989 in San Juan and to the current record of 2.45 meters (8 ft ½ in) on July 23, 1993 in Salamanca, Spain. Sotomayor also set the current world indoor record of 2.43 meters on March 4, 1989 in Budapest.[1] Sotomayor has cleared 2.30m or better in 227 track meets. In the high jump, He won gold medals 3 times the Pan American Games and the Central American Games, twice CAC and the Good Will Games and once at the World University Games. He also won the IAAF Grand Prix in 1988 (3rd overall) and 1in the 994, 4 times in the Ibero-American Championships.


Career highlights

Meet Place Mark Wind City Date
High jump
8th IAAF World Indoor Championships 5 f 2.25 Lisboa 3/11/2001
27th Olympic Games 2 f 2.32 Sydney 9/24/2000
7th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 f 2.36 Maebashi 3/07/1999
8th IAAF World Cup in Athetics 2 f 2.28 Johannesburg 9/13/1998
IAAF Golden League/Grand Prix Final 1 f 2.31 Moskva 9/05/1998
6th IAAF World Championships In Athletics 1 f 2.37 Athína 8/06/1997
26th Olympic Games 11 f 2.25 Atlanta, GA 7/28/1996
5th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 f 2.37 Göteborg 08/08/1995
5th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 f 2.38 Barcelona 3/12/1995
7th IAAF World Cup in Athletics 1 f 2.40 London 9/11/1994
10th IAAF/Mobil Grand Prix Final 1 f 2.33 Paris 9/03/1994
4th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 1 f 2.40 Stuttgart 8/22/1993
4th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 f 2.41 Toronto (SD) 3/14/1993
6th IAAF World Cup in Athletics 2 f 2.26 La Habana 9/25/1992
3rd IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 f 2.36 Tokyo 9/01/1991
3rd IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 f 2.31 Sevilla 3/10/1991
2nd IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 f 2.43 Budapest (SC) 3/04/1989
2nd IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9 f 2.29 Roma 9/06/1987
1st IAAF World Indoor Championships 4 f 2.32 Indianapolis, IN 3/07/1987
1st IAAF World Junior Championships 1 f 2.25 Athína 7/20/1986
4th IAAF World Cup in Athletics 3 f 2.28 Canberra 10/06/1985
IAAF World Indoor Games 2 f 2.30 Paris 1/18/1985

Doping controversies

_889638_soto300.jpg Sotomayor was tested positively for cocaine use at the 1999 Pan American Games, which Fidel Castro claimed was a set up by the Cuban-American Mafia,[2], and Sotomayor claimed his innocence. IAAF followed up the suspension of Sotomayor by shortening it to still let him compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics in a controversial decision. IAAF's motivation for this action was that Sotomayor had done so much for the sport and acted exemplarily during his career.[3] The IAAF action to shorten the suspension drew protests from Sweden, Denmark and Norway.[3]

In September 2001, Sotomayor announced that he would end his career, following yet another positive drug test taken in Tenerife in July 2001, this time for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.[4] He avoided a lifetime ban that would normally follow a second positive test by leaving the sport. This second test disqualified his fourth position in the 2001 World Championship. Once again, Sotomayor claimed he was innocent and this time claimed mistakes had been made during the handling of his doping test.[4]

These allegations never gained strong support in his home country Cuba,[4] although former IAAF Vice President and Doping Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist[5] subsequently claimed these were both "crystal clear cases" in a Swedish interview.[6]

He currently manages Cuban athletes, including Yeimer Lopez Garcia.[7]

External links


  1. IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - IAAF.org - Statistics - Top Lists
  2. Notable doping excuses. CBC Sports. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Protest over Sotomayor comeback. BBC UK. Retrieved on 2009-06-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sotomayor tests positive for nandrolone. Rediff Sports. Retrieved on 2009-06-13.
  5. Dr Arne Ljungqvist (SWE). IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-13.
  6. Ljungqvist: "Crystal clear cases" (Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
  7. http://www.iaaf.org/news/athletes/newsid=45799.html Retrieved 2009-06-13.