Julia Duporty
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Cuba
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold medal – first place 1988 Nassau 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1990 Havana 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1990 Havana 4×100 m relay

Esther Julia "Daysi" Duporty Torres (born February 9, 1971 in Guantánamo) is a retired sprinter from Cuba, who competed at three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. She set her personal best (50.61) in the women's 400 metres event on 6 September 1994 in Madrid.


Duporty had success as a young athlete at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, where she was runner-up in the women's 200 m behind Revoli Campbell in 1990.[1] She began competing at the top level of athletics in 1991: after winning a silver medal with the Cuban 4x400 metres women's relay team at the 1991 Pan American Games, she competed at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics. She reached the semi-finals of the 200 m and she was sixth in the 4×100 metres relay, forming part of a team with Pan American champion Liliana Allen. She made her first Olympic appearance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the relay, but the team was disqualified in the event.

She stepped up a distance at the 1993 Central American and Caribbean Games, winning the gold medal over 400 metres as well as the 400 m relay title with Cuba.[2] She also won the 200 m bronze medal at the 1993 CAC Championships (which was won by fellow Cuban Idalmis Bonne).[3] She helped the Cuban team to sixth place again at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics, this time setting a Cuban record of 42.89 seconds.

The 1994 season did not feature a major championships, but she picked up medals elsewhere: she took the relay bronze after coming fifth in the individual 400 m at the 1994 IAAF World Cup and won two further relay medals at the 1994 Goodwill Games. She was a semi-finalist in the 400 m at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, but it was at the 1995 Pan American Games where she excelled, winning the 400 m individual and relay titles as well as coming fourth in the 200 m.[4] She took part in her second Olympic relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics and helped the Cuban team to sixth place in the 4×400 m final. At the 1996 Ibero-American Championships, she became the 400 m champion with a winning run of 50.84 seconds.[5]

She regained her 400 m and relay titles at the 1997 CAC Championships. At the 1998 Ibero-American Championships she won the 200 m bronze behind Lucrécia Jardim and Liliana Allen.[5] In the final years of her international career, she was confined to the relay races at the major championships. She won the gold with the Cuban 4×400 m relay team at the 1999 Pan American Games and seventh in the final at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics. In her third and final Olympic appearance she finished eighth in the women's 400 m relay.[6]

Duporty won the Cuban title over 400 m on five separate occasions between 1994 and 2000 – a streak interrupted only by Ana Fidelia Quirot in 1996 and Zulia Calatayud in 1999.[7]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
1988 CAC Junior Championships (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas 5th 200 m 25.19   (-0.3 m/s)
1st 4×100 m relay 46.76
1989 Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 5th 4×100 m relay 44.73
1990 CAC Junior Championships (U-20) Havana, Cuba 4th 100 m 11.92   (-0.4 m/s)
2nd 200 m 23.80   (-0.5 m/s)
2nd 4×100 m relay 45.64
World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 8th 200 m 23.91 (+1.3 m/s)
3rd 4×400 m relay 3:31.81
Central American and Caribbean Games Mexico City, Mexico 1st 4×100 m relay 44.54
1st 4×400 m relay 3:26.27
1991 Pan American Games Havana, Cuba 2nd 4×400 m relay 3:24.91
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 6th (sf) 200 m 23.58   (-3.4 m/s)
6th 4×100 m relay 43.75
1992 Ibero-American Championships Seville, Spain 5th 400m 53.80
1st 4x400m relay 3:33.43
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4×400 m relay DSQ
1993 Universiade Buffalo, United States 4 × 100 m relay DQ
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 6th 4×100 m relay 42.89 NR
4×400 m relay DNF
Central American and Caribbean Games Ponce, Puerto Rico 1st 400 m 51.81
1st 4×100 m relay 44.59
1st 4×400 m relay 3:31.27
1994 IAAF World Cup London, United Kingdom 5th 400 m 52.48[8]
3rd 4×400 m relay 3:27.91[8]
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 4th 200 m 23.44
1st 400 m 50.77
1st 4×400 m relay 3:27.45
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th (sf) 400 m 51.85
7th 4×400 m relay 3:29.27
1996 Ibero-American Championships Medellín, Colombia 1st 400 m 50.84
Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, United States 6th 4×400 m relay 3:25.85
1997 Central American and Caribbean Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st 400 m 51.96
1st 4×400 m relay 3:29.30
Universiade Catania, Italy 2nd 4×400 m relay 3:29.00
1998 Ibero-American Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 200 m 23.52
4th 4x400 m relay 3:34.46
Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 1st 4×400 m relay 3:29.65
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st 4×400 m relay 3:26.70
World Championships Seville, Spain 7th 4×400 m relay 3:29.19
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 8th 4×400 m relay 3:29.47


  1. ^ Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-09-21.
  2. ^ Central American and Caribbean Games (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-09-21.
  3. ^ Central American and Caribbean Championships (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-09-21.
  4. ^ Pan American Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-09-21.
  5. ^ a b Ibero American Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-09-21.
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Daysi Duporty". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  7. ^ Cuban Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-09-21.
  8. ^ a b Representing the Americas