Cuba in the
ALTHOUGH Cuba did not attend the
first Olympic Games and participated irregularly in
subsequent competitions, the country burst upon the
scene, winning medals especially during the last 48
Fencer Ramón Fonst won Latin
America’s first gold medal in Paris, 1900, and
repeated the victory four years later in Saint
Louis, USA, when Cuba took an unprecedented third
place among 12 countries.
Later, results were not as positive,
although there was a silver moment in London ’48,
until the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 created
the conditions which bore fruit in Tokyo in 1964,
the beginning of the now long-standing tradition of
Cuba’s presence on Olympic podiums.
Since then, medals have been
abundant, with the high point being Barcelona ’92,
when after not participating in two Olympics, Cuba
came away with 14 gold medals and placed fifth among
countries in the medal count.
The Spanish games was a preview of
what was to come as the former Soviet Republics
began to compete individually, with a greater number
of diverse athletes competing, creating a greater
Despite these and other realities,
Cuba has remained among the elite, continuing to win
titles in every subsequent event and is looking to
London with the aspiration to improve on the
country’s performance in Beijing ‘08.
MEDALS FOR LATIN AMERICA
Cuba has more than three times the
number of medals Brazil has won, with an advantage
of 103 and is ranked second among Latin American
Mexico and Argentina are the other
countries in the region with more than 10 gold
medals and only Chile, Uruguay and the Dominican
Republic have more than one.
Nine countries have one title, while
another three at least have a medal. Unfortunately,
there are several which have never placed in these
BOXING: CUBA’S PRIDE
The contribution made by Cuban
boxers is well known, having won 32 of the country’s
67 gold medals, with several multi-medalists led by
Teófilo Stevenson and Félix Savón, the proud owners
of three each.
Cuban athletes have won medals in 15
sports, with martial arts being outstanding across
the board, including wrestling, judo, fencing and
tae kwon do.
Track and field athletes, baseball
and volleyball players and weight lifters have all
won gold medals at least once, with swimmers,
cyclists, rowers and basketball players contributing
numerous silver and bronze medals of unquestionable
value, as well.
On the individual level, judoka
Driulis González, volleyball player Ana Ibis
Fernández, fencers Ramón Fonst and Albertson Van Zo
Post and baseball player Pedro Luis Lazo are the
only Cuban athletes to have won four medals each,
Fernández (3-0-1) and Fonst (3-1-0) with the most
impressive records. (Taken from JIT)