Legendary Cuban Athlete Javier Sotomayor Now a Spanish Citizen

Javier Sotomayor.  Foto: wikipedia.org
Javier Sotomayor. Foto: wikipedia.org

HAVANA TIMES — Former Cuban athlete Javier Sotomayor, considered the best high jumper in history, was just nationalized Spanish, reported dpa news.

According to the Council of Ministers of Spain, the reigning world high jump record holder obtained “Spanish nationality by naturalization”.

Sotomayor, born 47 years ago in Cuba, was the Olympic champion in Barcelona 1992 and eight years later a silver medalist in Sydney 2000. He also won two world titles in Stuttgart 1993 and Athens 1997.

His jump of 2.45 meters, achieved in the Spanish city of Salamanca in 1993, remains today the world record for the specialty.

Aug 1993:  Javier Sotomayor of Cuba clears the bar during the High Jump event at the World Championships at the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium in Stutttgart, Germany. Sotomayor won the gold medal in this event.  Mandatory Credit: Mike  Powell/Allsport/cubadebate.cu
Aug 1993: Javier Sotomayor of Cuba clears the bar during the High Jump event at the World Championships in Stutttgart, Germany. Sotomayor won the gold medal in this event.  Photo:  Mike Powell/Allsport/cubadebate.cu

After retiring in 2001, the symbol of Cuban athletes continued linked to sports on the island and accompanied the delegation of his country to major events such as the Olympic Games or world championships.

The Council of Ministers of Spain also granted nationality to Cuban athlete Orlando Ortega, 23, and one of the best hurdlers of the moment.

Ortega left Cuban athletics team after the 2013 World Cup in Moscow.


2 thoughts on “Legendary Cuban Athlete Javier Sotomayor Now a Spanish Citizen

  • Another embarrassment that continues in a long line of defections during the so called kinder and
    gentle Cuba. This most certainly is noticed among some Cubans who are waiting anxiously for
    a radical not tepid change that’s so needed. You can’t make this up and again a must wake
    up call for anyone with a brain running this country.

  • Those Cubans who are able through sport to leave Cuba continue to increase in number. To date four of Cuba’s participants in the Pan American Games have defected.

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