Why is Caterine Ibargüen one of Colombia’s best athletes?

Get to know the story of Caterina Ibargüen | Her enormous jumping achievements

Did you know that there are black Colombian women who have achieved great sporting goals? Maybe you know Mariana Pajon or Valentina Acosta Giraldo, but there are other outstanding women in Colombia. We tell you who Caterine Ibargüen is and what she has achieved.

Get to know the story of Caterina Ibargüen

The first thing to say is that she is not one of the Bucaramanga women or one of the Medellín women. Ibargüen was born in the region of Urabá on February 12, 1984. She started playing volleyball at a very young age, but then she turned to athletics and later to jumping. 

Well, at the age of 15, she already began to show that she was a great athlete. Caterine won her first international medal with a bronze at the 1999 South American Championships, thanks to her jump of 1.76 meters. From then on, she would compete in the triple jump and long jump.

She even broke the national record in 2002, with a triple jump record of 12.28 meters. Due to her great talent, she competed in the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. There she had a high jump of 1.85 meters, although it did not earn her a medal (888Sport, 2021). 

Her enormous jumping achievements

Although she is currently retired from the Olympic Games, Caterine Ibargüen achieved enormous feats. At 37, she finished tenth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. However, in the past, she had obtained many better positions. 

While she did not qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she continued to strive for her big dream: an Olympic medal. She had thought about retiring from the sport after that frustration but decided to train while studying nursing. She even graduated in 2013 (Week, 2021). 

Since 2011 she began to reap great titles. For example, that year she won the bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships. As for the South American Championship and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, she won a huge gold.

However, that would not be all: by 2012, at the London Olympics, she would win a silver medal. By 2016, at the Rio Olympic Games, she would make history by winning gold (Marca, 2016). There Caterine would position herself as one of the best Colombian athletes. 

In addition, she won two golds at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013 and Beijing in 2015, a silver in London in 2017. Another huge achievement is that she won 5 triple jump trophies in the Diamond League and one high jump trophy (Soccer Red, 2021). In any case, you already know that Caterine Ibargüen is one of the most prestigious Colombian women in sports. Now that you know her career, you know why she has been so important in athletics in this country.  


888Sport (2021, November 9). Caterina Ibargüen. https://www.888sport.es/blog/caterine-ibarguen

Fútbol Red (2021, August 5). Se va la reina del salto triple: todos los logros de Caterine Ibargüen. https://www.futbolred.com/juegos-olimpicos/caterine-ibarguen-retiro-deportivo-logros-trofeos-y-medallas-en-su-carrera-141793

Marca (2016, August 15). Caterine Ibargüen da un oro a Colombia. https://www.marca.com/juegos-olimpicos/2016/08/15/57b11672468aebf3328b45b6.html

Semana (2021, August 5). ¡Gracias por todo, reina! Caterine Ibargüen, la más grande de la historia del atletismo colombiano, confirmó su retiro de los Juegos Olímpicos. https://www.semana.com/deportes/articulo/gracias-por-todo-reina-caterine-ibarguen-la-mas-grande-de-la-historia-del-atletismo-colombiano-confirmo-su-retiro-del-deporte/202159/