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List of famous athletes from Cuba, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Cuba has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Cuban athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Cuba and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Cuba then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Examples of athletes on this list: Alejandro Casañas, Noraida Bicet and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Cuban athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Cuba?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Cuba in order to get more information about each one.

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Hector Miguel Lombard Pedrosa is a Cuban-Australian professional mixed martial artist and former Olympic judoka who competes as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the ...more

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José Ángel Nápoles, nicknamed Mantequilla, is a Cuban-Mexican boxer and former world welterweight champion, who is frequently ranked as one of the greatest fighters of all ...more

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Gerardo González, better known in the boxing world as Kid Gavilan, was a former world welterweight champion from Camagüey, Cuba.

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Texas Rangers Leonys Martín Tápanes is a Cuban baseball outfielder with the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. Born in Cuba, he played locally for Villa Clara of the Cuban National Series, ...more

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Jorge Garcia is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker and later for his portrayal of Hugo ...more

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Yamilé Aldama Pozo is an international triple jumper currently competing for Great Britain after formerly representing Cuba and Sudan.

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Yarelys Barrios Castañeda is a female discus thrower from Cuba. She won the Diamond Race in the women's discus throw of the IAAF Diamond League both in 2010 and in 2011. She won the 2012 ...more

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Yanet Bermoy Acosta is a Cuban judoka. She won the silver medal in the Women's 48 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the Women's 52 kg at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Niurka Montalvo Amaro is a former Cuban and Spanish athlete who specialised in the long jump and triple jump events. Her greatest achievement came in 1999, when she became world champion with a ...more

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Eglis Yaima Cruz is a female Cuban sports shooter. She won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Yoanka González Pérez is a Cuban racing cyclist. She was the 2004 scratch cycling world champion. She is also the wife of cyclist Pedro Pablo Pérez.

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Ioamnet Quintero Alvarez is a former high jumper from Cuba.

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Maritza Martén García is a retired female discus thrower from Cuba who competed in the discus contest at the 1992 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. She also won the 1987 Pan ...more

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Yipsi Moreno González is a Cuban hammer thrower. She is a triple world champion and Olympic silver medalist, a former world junior record holder and current area record holder.

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Aliuska López Aliuska López is a Spanish athlete of Cuban origin. She competes mostly in hurdling. The world junior champion from 1988, she is still the world junior record holder at 100 metres ...more

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Ana Fidelia Quirot Moré is a female former track and field athlete from Cuba, who specialised in the 800 m but was also successful over 400 m. At 800 metres, she is a two-time World ...more

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Driulis González Morales is a female Cuban judoka who has won four Olympic medals, including a gold medal in 1996. She carried the flag for her native country at the opening ceremony of ...more

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Silvia Chivás is a former track and field athlete from Cuba. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich she won the bronze medal in 100 metres, behind German Renate Stecher and Australian ...more

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Yargelis Savigne Herrera is a Cuban athlete competing in the triple jump and long jump. Her international breakthrough came in 2005, when she, competing in both the triple and long jump events ...more

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María Caridad Colón Rueñes-Salazar is a former javelin thrower from Cuba who won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She lit the flame at the 1982 Central American

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Osleidys Menéndez Sáez is a Cuban athlete competing in the javelin throw. She is a former Olympic champion, world champion, and world record holder.

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Yumileidi Cumbá Jay also Yumisleidis is a Cuban shot putter.

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Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano is a Cuban professional boxer who, as an amateur boxer, won an Olympic gold medal in the flyweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the former WBA and IBF ...more

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Roberto Saturnino Moya Sandoval is a Cuban athlete who mainly competed in discus throw. He was born in Havana, Ciudad de la Habana. He won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in this ...more

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Yunaika Crawford Rogert is a Cuban hammer thrower who won the Olympic bronze medal in 2004 with a personal best throw of 73.16 metres.

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Yurisleidy Lupetey Yurisleidy Lupetey is an athlete.

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Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz is a Cuban boxer who won the gold medal at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics in the bantamweight division. He is a seven-time Cuban national champion at bantamweight, ...more

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Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez is a Cuban racing cyclist.

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Osmay Acosta Méndez Duarte is a Cuban amateur boxer best known to win the 2007 PanAm Games at Heavyweight with 201 lbs limit. Southpaw Acosta is a 1,85 m tall fighter who won the 165 lbs ...more

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Benny "the Kid" Paret, was born as Bernardo Paret in Santa Clara, Cuba. He was a Cuban welterweight boxer who won the world welterweight title twice in the early 1960s. He also vied ...more

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Marlene Elejalde Díaz was a retired sprinter from Cuba. At the 1968 Summer Olympics she helped win a silver medal in 4 x 100 metres relay, the first Olympic medal ever won by Cuban women. ...more

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Félix Savón Fabre is a retired Cuban heavyweight boxer, a winner of three gold medals at the Olympic Games. Savón is considered a legend in amateur boxing and has won six

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Dayron Robles is a Cuban track and field athlete who specialises in the 110 metre hurdles. He won his first major medal in the 60 metres hurdles at the 2006 World Indoor Championships. He ...more

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Misleydis González Tamayo is a female shot putter from Cuba. Her personal best throw is 19.50 metres, achieved in August 2008 in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She has represented ...more

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Luis Felipe Méliz Linares is a male Spanish long jumper of Cuban origin. Méliz 's personal best is 8.43 metres, achieved in June 2000 in Jena.

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Noraida Bicet Nora Aída Bicet Juan is a female Spanish-Cuban javelin thrower.

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Mabel Gay Tamayo is a Cuban triple jumper. Her personal best jump is 14.67 metres, achieved in September 2011 in Daegu.

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Sonia Bisset Poll is a female javelin thrower from Cuba. She set her personal best throw in 2005 with 67.67 metres.

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FC Vostok Vyacheslav Kernozenko is a former Ukrainian football goalkeeper who played last time for FC Dnipro and current football assistant manager in Kazakhstan.

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Diadenis Luna Castellano is a Cuban judoka. At the 1996 Summer Olympics she won the bronze medal in the women's Half Heavyweight category, together with Ylenia Scapin.

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Zulia Inés Calatayud Torres is a Cuban runner competing mostly in the 800 metres event.

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Odalis Revé Jiménez is a retired Cuban judoka. At the 1992 Summer Olympics she won the gold medal in the Women's Middleweight category.

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Sibelis Veranes Sibelis Veranes Morell is a Cuban judoka. At the 2000 Summer Olympics she won the gold medal in the women's Middleweight category.

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Ultiminio Ramos is a Cuban-Mexican boxer who is better known as Sugar Ramos. Ramos fought out of Mexico where he was adopted as a national hero. He is a former featherweight champion and member ...more

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Frank Casañas Yennifer Frank Casañas Hernández is a Spanish discus thrower. He competed for Cuba until May 2008.

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Daima Mayelis Beltrán Guisado is a Cuban judoka. At the 2000 Summer Olympics she won the silver medal in the women's Heavyweight category. She repeated that feat four years later in

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Estela Rodríguez Villanueva is a retired Cuban judoka. She won silver medals at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, both in the Half Heavyweight category.

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Idalys Ortiz Boucurt is a Cuban judoka. At the age of 18, she became the youngest Olympic medalist in the heavyweight category, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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José Legrá is a former professional boxer in the Featherweight division. Legrá is a former two time WBC World Featherweight Champion.

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Odlanier Solís Fonte is a Cuban professional boxer. He won the Olympic Gold medal in Athens 2004 and was a three-time winner at the World Amateur Boxing Championships.