Yeimer LÓPEZ

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    20 AUG 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    188478
Yeimer López of Cuba looks on during the men's 800m heats at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 45.11 Paris (FRA) 24 AUG 2003
800 Metres 1:43.07 Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) 24 JUN 2008
4x400 Metres Relay 3:04.86 San Fernando (ESP) 06 JUN 2010

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 47.98 Sabadell (ESP) 22 JAN 2011
800 Metres 1:49.23 Antequera (ESP) 22 FEB 2015

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 46.46 Florø (NOR) 04 JUN 2016
800 Metres 1:45.75 Oslo (NOR) 09 JUN 2016

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016 46.46 Florø (NOR) 04 JUN 2016
2014 46.16 Florø (NOR) 07 JUN 2014
2013 47.53 Florø (NOR) 08 JUN 2013
2011 46.39 Madrid (ESP) 21 MAY 2011
2008 46.29 Montevideo (URU) 26 APR 2008
2007 46.50 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 07 JUL 2007
2006 45.24 La Habana (CUB) 03 JUN 2006
2005 45.19 La Habana (CUB) 19 MAY 2005
2004 45.21 Huelva (ESP) 07 AUG 2004
2003 45.11 Paris (FRA) 24 AUG 2003
2002 45.42 La Habana (CUB) 29 NOV 2002

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016 1:45.75 Oslo (NOR) 09 JUN 2016
2015 1:46.13 Oslo (NOR) 11 JUN 2015
2014 1:43.71 Paris (FRA) 05 JUL 2014
2013 1:46.90 Riga (LAT) 30 MAY 2013
2012 1:45.89 Daegu (KOR) 16 MAY 2012
2011 1:45.90 Reims (FRA) 05 JUL 2011
2010 1:44.18 Doha (QAT) 14 MAY 2010
2009 1:44.10 La Habana (CUB) 30 MAY 2009
2008 1:43.07 Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) 24 JUN 2008
2007 1:44.58 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007
2006 1:48.92 Fort-de-France (FRA) 29 APR 2006
2005 1:46.61 La Habana (CUB) 18 MAR 2005
2003 1:47.94 Padova (ITA) 06 JUL 2003
2002 1:50.97 Camagüey (CUB) 16 MAR 2002
2001 1:50.75 La Habana (CUB) 28 MAY 2001

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2011 3:11.34 Vila Real de Santo António (POR) 29 MAY 2011
2010 3:04.86 San Fernando (ESP) 06 JUN 2010
2003 3:06.27 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010/11 47.98 Sabadell (ESP) 22 JAN 2011

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014/15 1:49.23 Antequera (ESP) 22 FEB 2015
2013/14 1:53.85 Stange (NOR) 02 FEB 2014

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 800 Metres 1:45.88 Beijing (CHN) 23 AUG 2008

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:44.58 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007
2. 400 Metres 45.13 Santo Domingo (DOM) 08 AUG 2003
6. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:06.27 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:45.56 La Habana (CUB) 05 JUL 2009
1. 800 Metres 1:47.64 Nassau (BAH) 11 JUL 2005

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:45.36 San Fernando (ESP) 06 JUN 2010
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:04.86 San Fernando (ESP) 06 JUN 2010
2. 400 Metres 45.21 Huelva (ESP) 07 AUG 2004

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 45.28 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 26 JUL 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:49.6h La Habana (CUB) 27 MAY 2007
1. 400 Metres 45.83 La Habana (CUB) 23 MAR 2006
1. 800 Metres 1:46.61 La Habana (CUB) 18 MAR 2005
1. 400 Metres 45.95 La Habana (CUB) 27 MAY 2003
1. 800 Metres 1:52.47 La Habana (CUB) 10 MAR 2002
Results in:

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
04 JUN 2016 Florø Friidrettsfestval NORNOR E F 1. 46.46
29 JUL 2016 Askoy Norwegian Ch. NORNOR B H2 1. 48.66
30 JUL 2016 Askoy Norwegian Ch. NORNOR B F 2. 46.9h

800 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
27 MAY 2016 Dessau Anhalt 2016 GERGER D F 1. 1:46.09
09 JUN 2016 Oslo ExxonMobil Bislett Games NORNOR F F 1. 1:45.75
27 JUL 2016 Karlstad Folksam GP SWESWE D F1 1. 1:46.27
30 JUL 2016 Askoy Norwegian Ch. NORNOR B H1 1. 1:51.92


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Updated 20 August 2007

Yeimer LOPEZ Garcia, Cuba (800m)

Born 28 August 1982
Buey Arriba, Granma 1.85m 78kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor/Jesús Molina 

Coach: Amarilis Hernández


Considered at home as one of the most talented Cuban runners to step on a track in the last few years, Yeimer Lopez is in a solid position to excel at the world level. And the World Championships, in Osaka, is a good opportunity to make the decisive leap after he produced a commanding race to win the Pan American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, in 1:44.58 this season.

Lopez took up athletics at the age of 10, but lost motivation and quit four years later. However, his twin sister, Ana, carried on and her 200m bronze medal at the 1999 World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, prompted him to return to the sport at the age of 17.

Two years later, Lopez joined the national team and made his first impact on home soil when achieving the 400m/800m double at the National Olympics in 2002, including a promising 45.42 over the one-lap race. In 2003, he won his first international medal when second in the 400m at the Pan American Games, in Santo Domingo, with 45.11. He went on to reach the semi-finals in his debut at the World Championships, in Paris, in 2003.

Although Lopez ran some 800m races, he focused on the one-lap race and reached the semi-finals on his Olympic debut in Athens in 2004. In 2005, he gave the 800m a try and won the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Nassau and improved his best to 1:46.61. But a poor outing took him out of contention in the first round of the World Championships in Helsinki.

Lopez returned to the 400m in 2006 and enjoyed his first international victory at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia. In 2007, he focused again on the two laps and posted four races in the 1:46-1:47 range as a preparation for the Pan American Games.

On a rainy final in Rio, Lopez was propelled by Brazilians Kleberson Davide and Fabiano Peçanha as well as Canada’s defending champion Achraf Tadili, before launching an impressive quarter miler attack to cross the finish line in 1:44.58, two seconds faster than his previous best, for a new Pan American Games record.

“Things turned out in my favour,” Lopez said. “It was a fast race and that helped me clock a fast time. I have been waiting for this time. My room-mate Guillermo (Martinez) boosted my confidence ahead of the Rio final.”

The time ranks him third in the Cuban all-time lists, confirming him as a top contender in Osaka. “I am very motivated and more mature for my third World Championships. My training has gone well and my goal is to reach the final. Once there, anything can happen. I look forward to racing with the world’s best.”

Lopez trains under the guidance of Amarilis Hernandez, who led Norberto Tellez to the silver medal at the 1997 World Championships and the national record of 1:42.85 at the 1996 Olympics. Off the track, Lopez is a quiet person and prefers to spend time with his girlfriend, 2005 CAC Pole Vault champion Katiuska Lopez.


Yearly Progression

400m: 2001-47.51; 2002-45.42; 2003-45.11; 2004-45.21; 2005-45.19; 2006-45.24; 2007-46.50.
800m: 2001-1:50.75; 2002-1:47.2, 2003-1:47.94; 2005-1:46.61, 2006-1:48.92; 2007-1:44.58

Personal Bests

400m: 45.11 (2003)
800m: 1:44.58 (2007)


Career Highlights

800m
2005 1st  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2007  1st  Pan American Games

400m
2003 2nd Pan American Games
2006 1st Central American and Caribbean Games

 

Prepared by Javier Clavelo for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF 2007.

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