Training Tuesday with Cuba’s Leinier Savon Pineda

The Cuban sprint world champion discloses his training plan ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 26 Apr 2016
Leinier Savon Pineda of Cuba celebrating after the Men's 200M T12 in Toronto at the 2015 Parapan American Games.

Leinier Savon Pineda of Cuba celebrating after the Men's 200M T12 in Toronto at the 2015 Parapan American Games.

ⒸJon Blacker

Cuba’s Leinier Savon Pineda is following a hard training plan in order to get him to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the best possible shape, in which good nutrition and sleep are fundamental.

At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, the 27-year-old won 100m and 200m gold and will be hoping for further success this September at his first Paralympic Games.



I wake up at seven in the morning and make the bed. After that, I have a strong breakfast which includes fruits such as apples and bananas, eggs and lots of water. I then brush my teeth, wash my face, get all my training stuff and go to the track.


Guantanamo is my birth town. However, I am currently staying in La Habana because this is where the high performance athletics centre is. I start my practice at eight. We do both physical and sporting exercises.


After the first training session, which ends between 10:30 and 11:00, we stretch, hydrate and do ice baths to recover. We have lunch at 12. I like eating many things: fried meals, meat, pasta, pineapple, ice-cream…Of course I need a balanced diet, so I don’t exceed certain limits.

I love spending time with my girlfriend Leidi and talking to my mother Maria Elena. If we do not have another training session in the afternoon, I take a two or three-hour nap and then go to the gym.

During my free time, which is not much, I love listening to music, eating ice-cream and walking around with Leidi. I have dinner at around seven and then chill until nine or ten, when it is already time to go to bed.


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The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

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