Dayron ROBLES

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    19 NOV 1986
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    196713
Dayron Robles after his 12.92 in Stuttgart (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.71 -1.2 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 18 JUN 2005
200 Metres 22.0h Santiago de Cuba (CUB) 09 AUG 2004
110 Metres Hurdles 12.87 +0.9 Ostrava (CZE) 12 JUN 2008
4x100 Metres Relay 39.46 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
50 Metres Hurdles 6.39 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008
60 Metres Hurdles 7.33 Düsseldorf (GER) 08 FEB 2008 AR

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2017

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
110 Metres Hurdles 13.66 -0.1 La Habana (CUB) 26 MAY 2017

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 10.71 -1.2 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 18 JUN 2005

Outdoor

110 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 13.66 -0.1 La Habana (CUB) 26 MAY 2017
2015 13.32 -0.3 Turku (FIN) 25 JUN 2015
2014 13.29 +1.2 Rovereto (ITA) 02 SEP 2014
2013 13.18 +1.8 Sotteville (FRA) 08 JUL 2013
2012 13.10 +0.1 London (GBR) 08 AUG 2012
2011 13.00 -0.2 Zagreb (CRO) 13 SEP 2011
2010 13.01 +0.3 Lausanne (SUI) 08 JUL 2010
2009 13.04 +2.0 Ostrava (CZE) 17 JUN 2009
2008 12.87 +0.9 Ostrava (CZE) 12 JUN 2008
2007 12.92 0.0 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007
2006 13.00 -0.6 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
2005 13.46 -1.6 Windsor (CAN) 29 JUL 2005
2004 13.75 La Habana (CUB) 24 JUN 2004
2003 14.30 +1.2 La Habana (CUB) 27 MAY 2003

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2007 39.46 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007

Indoor

50 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2009/10 6.40 Liévin (FRA) 05 MAR 2010
2007/08 6.39 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008

Indoor

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2014/15 7.53 Berlin (GER) 14 FEB 2015
2013/14 7.51 Praha (CZE) 25 FEB 2014
2011/12 7.50 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2012
2010/11 7.51 Stuttgart (GER) 05 FEB 2011
2009/10 7.34 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
2008/09 9.94 Liévin (FRA) 10 FEB 2009
2007/08 7.33 Düsseldorf (GER) 08 FEB 2008
2006/07 7.38 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007
2005/06 7.46 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 12.93 +0.1 Beijing (CHN) 21 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.15 +1.7 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 60 Metres Hurdles 7.34 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
2. 60 Metres Hurdles 7.46 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.06 +0.4 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.77 -0.6 Grosseto (ITA) 18 JUL 2004

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.10 +1.6 Guadalajara (MEX) 28 OCT 2011
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.25 +0.4 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007
5. 4x100 Metres Relay 39.46 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.01 +0.1 Zürich (SUI) 08 SEP 2011
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.04 -0.6 London (GBR) 05 AUG 2011
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.09 +1.3 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2011
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.12 +1.0 Lausanne (SUI) 30 JUN 2011
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.01 +0.3 Lausanne (SUI) 08 JUL 2010
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.14 +0.9 Roma (ITA) 10 JUN 2010

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 12.92 0.0 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007
2. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.00 -0.6 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.17 +0.8 Roma (ITA) 10 JUL 2009
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 12.97 +0.3 Zürich (SUI) 29 AUG 2008
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 12.88 +0.5 Paris (FRA) 18 JUL 2008
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.08 +0.4 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2008
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.21 -0.5 Bruxelles (BEL) 14 SEP 2007
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.15 -0.2 Zürich (SUI) 07 SEP 2007
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.13 +0.5 Paris (FRA) 06 JUL 2007

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.18 +2.5 La Habana (CUB) 03 JUL 2009
2. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.41 +2.6 Nassau (BAH) 10 JUL 2005

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.12 +0.7 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 26 JUL 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.17 +0.1 La Habana (CUB) 26 MAY 2007
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.70 0.0 La Habana (CUB) 23 MAR 2006
Results in:

110 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
26 MAY 2017 La Habana Memorial Barrientos CUBCUB D F 2. 13.66 -0.1
03 JUN 2017 Marseille Meeting International FRAFRA C F 4. 13.66 +1.1
14 JUN 2017 Huelva Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo ESPESP C F 2. 13.82 -1.9
28 JUN 2017 Nancy Meeting Stanislas FRAFRA C F 6. 14.38 NWI


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Updated 28 February 2008


Dayron ROBLES, Cuba (110m hurdles)

Born 19 November 1986 Guantánamo, Cuba 1.92m 80kg

Coach: Santiago Antúnez


Dayron Robles comes from an athletics background. His uncle, Eulogio Robles, was a member of the Cuba national team in the 1970s and ran 51.76 for the 400m hurdles. Also involved in sports was his mother, Regla Mercy, a housewife, who played volleyball. His father Gualberto, who passed away in 1998, was a musician and he and a cousin, Henry Murray, who died in 2006, are the main motivation for him every time he steps on a track.

Robles took up athletics at the age of 10 and, as is usual in Cuba, he competed in various disciplines. Trainers had realised his potential for the hurdles, but he preferred the high jump, and did not start to focus on the hurdles until the age of 14, making great progress since.

After winning at the National Youth Games, Robles was promoted to the national junior team in 2002. He made his international debut when he was sixth at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada. He kept improving and gave Cuba its only medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, where he finished second in the 110m hurdles.

Robles finished his junior career on a high note in 2005, breaking the 33-year old Central American and Caribbean junior record twice as he ran 13.47 and 13.46, the latter to win the Pan American junior title in Windsor, Canada.  Earlier that month he had been runner-up to his countryman, Yoel Hernandez, at the CAC Senior Championships, in Nassau, and later reached the semi-finals at the IAAF World Championships, in Helsinki.

2006 saw his consecration on the international scene, and his start as a senior could not have been better. With no previous indoor experience, he claimed the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow. He went on to win his first national senior title at the 3rd National Olympics and improved his personal best to 13.32 in Havana before starting his European tour, where he burst into the elite in his event.

After three wins in Spain (13.28 in Alcalá de Henares), he posted a surprising 13.11 to finish second in Paris on his Golden League debut, ahead of France’s world champion Ladji Doucouré and China’s Olympic gold medallist Liu Xiang. He ran even faster with 13.04 to finish fourth in the historic Lausanne race on July 11, in which Liu Xiang broke the world record. “I did not have a good start in that race, but the day was magic,” Robles said. “Everyone ran so fast. I am young and I already reached the elite level. Now I have to stay there”.

Robles confirmed his new standing with a 13.08 win at the IAAF Grand Prix, in Madrid, before heading back to the other side of the Atlantic. There he clinched his first international senior title when winning at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia, clocking 13.12 to break the Games record (13.27) of his countryman and 2000 Olympic champion, Anier Garcia.

With eight races this year clocking 13.20 or faster, Robles propelled himself from the 28th at the start of the season to the first place in the IAAF World Rankings for his event on 11 September 2006. Just a week before the World Cup, Robles equaled Garcia’s national record of 13.00 to finish second to Liu Xiang at the World Athletics Final, in Stuttgart, becoming the 13th fastest hurdler in history.

“I came to Stuttgart to do my best and I did,” Robles said. “If I had not hit the last hurdle, I could have dipped under 13 seconds. I will achieve that. It is just a matter of time.”  Being the youngest member of the Americas team for the World Cup, he ended his season on a high note with third place in Athens.

In 2007, Robles confirmed his progress and posted the fastest time over 60m hurdles in three years (7.38), just 0.01 short of Garcia’s CAC indoor record. Outdoors, he achieved his first Golden League win, in Paris, and went on to claim the Pan American gold, in Rio de Janeiro, the second senior title in his short but already successful career.

“It felt great to make my contribution to my country as we finished on top in the athletics competition and second in the overall medal table, behind the US and closely followed by Brazil“. The 20-year old also extended the winning streak of Cuban male sprint hurdlers at the Pan American Games as his compatriots, Garcia and Yuniel Hernandez, won in Winnipeg (1999) and Santo Domingo (2003).

After a successful campaign, Robles could not live up to expectations as he finished fourth at the World Championships, in Osaka. But he made up for the disappointment with the best race of his life, once again in Stuttgart, blazing to a superb 12.92 win at the World Athletics Final and erasing his compatriot and 2000 Olympic champion Anier Garcia’s seven-year old CAC record of 13.00. He ended his season with a convincing win over world and Olympic champion and world record holder Liu Xiang in the latter’s home town of Shanghai.

Indoors in 2008, Robles has been dominant over the barriers. Having clocked eight of the 10 fastest times this winter, he first broke the CAC record in Stuttgart on February 2, before improving it to 7.33, the second fastest of all-time, six days later in Düsseldorf.

That time is just 0.03 seconds off Colin Jackson’s world record of 7.30, which the Briton set in 1994. After such a superb campaign, he looks forward to winning his first global title at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.

Two weeks before the championships, he visited the southern Spanish city. “I wanted to know the track first-hand before the event,” Robles said. “Obviously, after my runner-up place at the Moscow World Indoors two years ago my only target is the gold medal. I won’t be satisfied other than that. The title is more important than the world record which I feel capable of breaking.”

Robles also commented about China’s reigning Olympic and World 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang.

“I only know that he’s competing in Valencia which means more rivalry and that’s good for me, no problem,” the Cuban said. “But I train every day to become the best athlete in the world so I don’t fear anyone, including Xiang.”

He considers Santiago Antúnez, his coach, as a father and his teammates in the athletics squad are like brothers. “Anier Garcia is like a school for me,” Robles said. “He has been my reference since I got to the national team. I admire him both as an athlete as a person. We are good friends. Yoel and Yuniel Hernandez have also maintained Cuban hurdling on top. We are heirs of a successful tradition, coming from the times of Alejandro Casañas, Emilio Valle, Erick Batte and before.”

One of his best friends in the team is 2007 triple jump world champion Yargelis Savigne. They both come from the same roots in the easternmost province of Guantanamo.

Off the track, Robles loves to party, listen to music and dance. He has a special preference for reggae and rap. After taking a physical conditioning course, he started his sport and physical education studies at the Manuel Fajardo University of Sports and Physical Education.


Personal Bests

110m hurdles: 12.92 (2006), 60m hurdles: 7.33 (2008)


Yearly Progression

2002 - 15.01; 2003 - 14.28; 2004 - 13.75; 2005 - 13.46; 2006 - 13.00; 2007 - 12.92.
Indoors
2006 - 7.46; 2007 - 7.38; 2008 - 7.33


Career Highlights

2003 6th  World Youth Championships
2004  2nd  World Junior Championships
2005 2nd  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2005 1st  Pan American Junior Championships
2006  2nd  World Indoor Championships
2006  1st  Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 2nd World Athletics Final
2006 3rd World Cup
2007  1st  Pan American Games
2007 4th World Championships
2007 1st World Athletics Final


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