Athlete Profile

Anay Tejeda

  • COUNTRY Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH 3 APR 1983
Anay Tejeda on her way to a Cuban record in Cali (Fernando Neris)
Anay Tejeda on her way to a Cuban record in Cali (Fernando Neris)
  • COUNTRY Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH 3 APR 1983


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Updated 28 February 2008

Anay TEJEDA, Cuba (100m Hurdles)

Born: 3 April 1983, Havana 1.65m/59kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor/Jesús Molina Coach: Santiago Antúnez


A promising athlete since her youth, Anay Tejeda has shown this winter that she is ready to take on the challenge of the world’s best sprint hurdlers and reach her first senior World Championships final in Valencia.

Born in 1983, she soon showed her speed and technique over the hurdles and quickly began to represent her country internationally.

At the inaugural World Youth Championships, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1999, Tejeda placed third and kept improving to finish seventh at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile. First under the guidance of Orlando Meneses and later Santiago Antúnez, she was soon exposed to top competitions, indoors and out, as she had the potential to break the world junior record.

In her indoor debut, Tejeda set the Area Junior record over 60m hurdles (8.12), before she broke the 13sec barrier outdoors at home and went on to win the 2002 Central American and Caribbean junior gold in Bridgetown, Barbados, weeks before she became the second Cuban to win the World Junior title at 100m hurdles, in Kingston, Jamaica. Aided by a 3.1mps tailwind, Tejeda ran 12.81 but she ended her season with a legal 12.89.

In 2003, Tejeda did not improve as expected and could only finish eighth at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. A better 2004 saw her run 12.74 after her Olympic debut in Athens, where she could not advance beyond the first round.

In 2006 Tejeda claimed her first senior title at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, where she also anchored her team to the 4x100m gold in a Games record. She clocked 12.72 and continued to move closer to Aliuska Lopez’s national record of 12.67, set in 2000.

In 2007, Tejeda was only fifth in her second Pan American Games but left Rio de Janeiro with her first continental medal (bronze) as part of the 4x100m relay squad. In Osaka, she ran her second World Championships semi-final, her first coming in Helsinki 2005, but again she failed to reach the final.

Indoors, she has been very consistent in her sixth winter season. With six races under eight seconds in 2008, Tejeda finally erased Lopez’s 13-year-old indoor record with her 7.90 clocking in Karlsruhe.

A convincing win in Paris, on February 22, placed her in a good position to aim for one of the eight spots in the Valencia final. In her third consecutive World Indoor Championships, it is time for her to take advantage of her momentum and fight for a medal.


Personal Bests

100m Hurdles 12.72 (2006), 60m Hurdles: 7.90 (2008)


Yearly Progression

1998 - 14.00; 1999 - 13.56; 2000 - 13.38; 2001 - 13.20/13.07w; 2002 - 12.89/12.81w; 2003 - 12.99; 2004 - 12.74; 2005 - 12.95; 2006 - 12.72; 2007 -12.80.
Indoors
2002 - 8.12; 2004 - 8.03; 2005 - 7.96; 2006 - 8.05; 2007 - 7.99; 2008 - 7.90.


Career Highlights

1999 3rd World Youth Championships
2000 7th World Junior Championships
2002 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2002 1st World Junior Championships
2003 8th Pan American Games 
2005 5th World University Games
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
2007 5th  Pan American Games


Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 11.81 -1.5 Cáceres 20 JUN 2006
100 Metres Hurdles 12.61 +1.4 Cali 05 JUL 2008
100m Hurdles (76.2cm) 13.45 -0.4 Bydgoszcz 18 JUL 1999
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
60 Metres 7.43 Aubière 26 FEB 2008
50 Metres Hurdles 6.83 Liévin 05 MAR 2010
60 Metres Hurdles 7.90 Karlsruhe 10 FEB 2008
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
100 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2009 12.04 +0.6 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 10 JUL
2006 11.81 -1.5 Cáceres 20 JUN
2005 12.13 -2.2 Madrid 16 JUL
100 Metres Hurdles Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2010 12.84 +0.5 San Fernando 06 JUN
2009 12.82 +0.1 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 19 AUG
2009 12.82 +0.1 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 18 AUG
2008 12.61 +1.4 Cali 05 JUL
2007 12.80 +0.2 Rio de Janeiro 24 JUL
2006 12.72 +0.1 Linz 22 AUG
2005 12.95 -0.5 Helsinki 10 AUG
2005 12.95 +0.8 Réthimno 10 JUL
2004 12.74 +0.1 Linz 02 AUG
2003 12.99 +1.3 Santo Domingo 08 AUG
2002 12.89 +1.3 Padova 01 SEP
2001 13.20 -1.2 Salamanca 13 JUL
2000 13.38 -1.7 Santiago de Chile 19 OCT
2000 13.38 -0.2 La Habana 30 JUL
100m Hurdles (76.2cm) Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
1999 13.45 -0.4 Bydgoszcz 18 JUL
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
60 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 7.43 Aubière 26 FEB
2005 7.51 Peanía 20 FEB
50 Metres Hurdles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 6.83 Liévin 05 MAR
2009 6.88 Liévin 10 FEB
2008 6.85 Stockholm 21 FEB
2005 6.91 Liévin 26 FEB
2004 6.93 Liévin 28 FEB
60 Metres Hurdles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 7.91 Doha (Aspire Dome) 13 MAR
2009 7.96 Stuttgart 07 FEB
2008 7.90 Karlsruhe 10 FEB
2007 7.99 Pireás 24 FEB
2006 8.05 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR
2005 7.96 Peanía 20 FEB
2004 8.03 Peanía 22 FEB
2002 8.07 Pireás 20 FEB
Honours - 200 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
1st IAAF World Youth Championships h5 DNS +0.2 Bydgoszcz 17 JUL 1999
Honours - 60 Metres Hurdles
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 4 7.91 Doha (Aspire Dome) 13 MAR 2010
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 7.98 Valencia (Velodromo Luís Puig), ESP 08 MAR 2008
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7sf2 8.25 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR 2006
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6sf1 8.18 Budapest (Sportarena) 07 MAR 2004
Honours - 100 Metres Hurdles
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4sf2 12.82 +0.1 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 19 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games sf2 DNF +0.2 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6sf2 12.89 -0.1 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG 2007
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5sf1 12.95 -0.5 Helsinki 10 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 5h1 13.24 -1.2 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 22 AUG 2004
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 1 12.81 +3.4 Kingston, JAM 21 JUL 2002
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 7 13.38 -1.7 Santiago de Chile 19 OCT 2000
Honours - 100m Hurdles (76.2cm)
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
1st IAAF World Youth Championships 3 13.45 -0.4 Bydgoszcz 18 JUL 1999


Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.


Updated 28 February 2008

Anay TEJEDA, Cuba (100m Hurdles)

Born: 3 April 1983, Havana 1.65m/59kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor/Jesús Molina Coach: Santiago Antúnez


A promising athlete since her youth, Anay Tejeda has shown this winter that she is ready to take on the challenge of the world’s best sprint hurdlers and reach her first senior World Championships final in Valencia.

Born in 1983, she soon showed her speed and technique over the hurdles and quickly began to represent her country internationally.

At the inaugural World Youth Championships, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1999, Tejeda placed third and kept improving to finish seventh at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile. First under the guidance of Orlando Meneses and later Santiago Antúnez, she was soon exposed to top competitions, indoors and out, as she had the potential to break the world junior record.

In her indoor debut, Tejeda set the Area Junior record over 60m hurdles (8.12), before she broke the 13sec barrier outdoors at home and went on to win the 2002 Central American and Caribbean junior gold in Bridgetown, Barbados, weeks before she became the second Cuban to win the World Junior title at 100m hurdles, in Kingston, Jamaica. Aided by a 3.1mps tailwind, Tejeda ran 12.81 but she ended her season with a legal 12.89.

In 2003, Tejeda did not improve as expected and could only finish eighth at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. A better 2004 saw her run 12.74 after her Olympic debut in Athens, where she could not advance beyond the first round.

In 2006 Tejeda claimed her first senior title at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, where she also anchored her team to the 4x100m gold in a Games record. She clocked 12.72 and continued to move closer to Aliuska Lopez’s national record of 12.67, set in 2000.

In 2007, Tejeda was only fifth in her second Pan American Games but left Rio de Janeiro with her first continental medal (bronze) as part of the 4x100m relay squad. In Osaka, she ran her second World Championships semi-final, her first coming in Helsinki 2005, but again she failed to reach the final.

Indoors, she has been very consistent in her sixth winter season. With six races under eight seconds in 2008, Tejeda finally erased Lopez’s 13-year-old indoor record with her 7.90 clocking in Karlsruhe.

A convincing win in Paris, on February 22, placed her in a good position to aim for one of the eight spots in the Valencia final. In her third consecutive World Indoor Championships, it is time for her to take advantage of her momentum and fight for a medal.


Personal Bests

100m Hurdles 12.72 (2006), 60m Hurdles: 7.90 (2008)


Yearly Progression

1998 - 14.00; 1999 - 13.56; 2000 - 13.38; 2001 - 13.20/13.07w; 2002 - 12.89/12.81w; 2003 - 12.99; 2004 - 12.74; 2005 - 12.95; 2006 - 12.72; 2007 -12.80.
Indoors
2002 - 8.12; 2004 - 8.03; 2005 - 7.96; 2006 - 8.05; 2007 - 7.99; 2008 - 7.90.


Career Highlights

1999 3rd World Youth Championships
2000 7th World Junior Championships
2002 1st Central American and Caribbean Championships
2002 1st World Junior Championships
2003 8th Pan American Games 
2005 5th World University Games
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games
2007 5th  Pan American Games


Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008