"Fiñe", Spanish for kid,
is the simple nickname that most people around him called this
short big-hearted man who was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1958.
His father, Jorge, carried in his veins the eagerness for practicing
sports. He devoted many years to form and give life to the popular
sport fan club of Plaza de Marte in the city of Santiago de
The kid arrived to weightlifting for good. Being 15 years of
age, he felt attracted to this sport and less than a decade
after that, he won a gold medal in the Olympic games of Moscow'80
(123 pounds) to become the first Latin-American champion in
He had arrived to the Russian capital after having obtained
a sixth place in Montreal'76, but with the merit of his first
world record in Germany'77.
By the way, during his prolific sport life he became the Cuban
achieving the highest amount of records in a lifetime: nine
world records, four Olympic, and eleven world records in the
No doubt, the International Weightlifting Federation included
him in the Top Ten of that sport during the 1980's.
After his retirement from weightlifting, he has collaborated
as a trainer in several countries. He also worked as a teacher
at the Superior Institute of Physical Culture "Comandante
Manuel Fajardo", in Havana until he assumed the direction
of the technical staff of the Cuban national weightlifting team.
With that typical modesty of his, he has said: "Yesterday,
I was a bad student. That is why, today I try to be an average