Yoel HERNÁNDEZ

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Cuba Cuba
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    12 DEC 1977
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    136174
Cuban sprint hurdler Yoel Hernandez (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.62 -1.3 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 07 JUL 2007
200 Metres 21.10 +0.8 La Habana (CUB) 10 MAR 2002
110 Metres Hurdles 13.23 +0.4 Athina (GRE) 02 JUL 2007
110 Metres Hurdles 13.20 * +3.1 Camagüey (CUB) 10 MAR 2000
4x100 Metres Relay 38.61 Sevilla (ESP) 28 AUG 1999

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
50 Metres Hurdles 6.45 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2000
60 Metres Hurdles 7.40 Madrid (ESP) 16 FEB 2000

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2009

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
110 Metres Hurdles 13.89 +1.4 La Habana (CUB) 12 JUN 2009

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 10.62 -1.3 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 07 JUL 2007
2005 10.70 -1.2 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 18 JUN 2005

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2002 21.10 +0.8 La Habana (CUB) 10 MAR 2002
2000 21.58 +1.3 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 08 JUL 2000
1999 21.67 -0.4 La Habana (CUB) 19 MAY 1999

Outdoor

110 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 13.89 +1.4 La Habana (CUB) 12 JUN 2009
2007 13.23 +0.4 Athina (GRE) 02 JUL 2007
2006 13.39 +0.2 Alcalá de Henáres (ESP) 24 JUN 2006
2005 13.39 +1.9 Zaragoza (ESP) 23 JUN 2005
2004 13.29 +0.8 Athina (GRE) 25 AUG 2004
2003 13.49 0.0 Paris (FRA) 29 AUG 2003
2002 13.30 0.0 La Habana (CUB) 10 MAR 2002
2001 13.30 -0.3 Edmonton (CAN) 09 AUG 2001
2000 13.24 +0.5 Bruxelles (BEL) 25 AUG 2000
1999 13.24 +1.1 Winnipeg (CAN) 30 JUL 1999
1998 13.45 +0.3 La Habana (CUB) 31 JUL 1998
1997 13.70 +1.8 La Habana (CUB) 16 MAY 1997
1996 13.81 -1.1 Sydney (AUS) 24 AUG 1996
1995 13.81 +0.1 La Habana (CUB) 26 JUN 1995
1994 14.20 +1.7 Lisboa (POR) 21 JUL 1994

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
1999 38.61 Sevilla (ESP) 28 AUG 1999

Indoor

50 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2007/08 6.60 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008
2000/01 6.68 Stuttgart (GER) 04 FEB 2001
1999/00 6.45 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2000

Indoor

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2007/08 7.60 Karlsruhe (GER) 10 FEB 2008
2005/06 7.62 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
2004/05 7.71 Stockholm (SWE) 15 FEB 2005
2003/04 7.59 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004
2002/03 7.57 Karlsruhe (GER) 28 FEB 2003
2001/02 7.56 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2002
2000/01 7.58 Wien (AUT) 12 FEB 2001
1999/00 7.40 Madrid (ESP) 16 FEB 2000

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.30 -0.3 Edmonton (CAN) 09 AUG 2001
4. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.63 Sevilla (ESP) 29 AUG 1999
6. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.30 +1.0 Sevilla (ESP) 25 AUG 1999
7. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.57 +0.3 Paris (FRA) 30 AUG 2003

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 60 Metres Hurdles 7.58 Lisboa (POR) 09 MAR 2001
7. 60 Metres Hurdles 7.78 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004
8. 60 Metres Hurdles 7.62 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.83 +1.8 Sydney (AUS) 25 AUG 1996

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.24 +1.1 Winnipeg (CAN) 30 JUL 1999
3. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.50 +0.4 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 28 JUL 2007

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.32 +2.6 Nassau (BAH) 10 JUL 2005

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.49 -0.6 Huelva (ESP) 08 AUG 2004

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 13.30 0.0 La Habana (CUB) 10 MAR 2002
Results in:

110 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
23 APR 2009 La Habana Juegos Deportivos del ALBA CUBCUB E H1 4. 14.20 -2.0
23 APR 2009 La Habana Juegos Deportivos del ALBA CUBCUB E F 4. 14.11 +0.9
29 MAY 2009 La Habana Barrientos Memorial CUBCUB D H2 DQ +0.3
12 JUN 2009 La Habana CUBCUB F F 4. 13.89 +1.4


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Updated 28 February 2008

Yoel HERNANDEZ Reyes, Cuba (110m hurdles)

Born 12 December 1977, Manacas, Villa Clara, 1.84m/77kg

Manager: Javier Sotomayor/Jesús Molina; Coach: Santiago Antunez

In a country which has produced three of the world’s most talented sprint hurdlers of recent times - Anier Garcia and Dayron Robles are the other two – Cuba’s Yoel Hernandez has developed a notable career over the barriers.

Hernandez took up athletics in his spare time in his native town in 1988 and his physical education teacher soon discovered his speed, developing him into a competitive sprinter at the National Youth Games. In 1993, he joined the national junior team and learned from experienced hurdlers such as World Championships finalists, Emilio Valle and Erick Batte.

In 1994 Hernandez reached the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships, in Lisbon, and a year later broke the 14-seconds barrier, going on to win the Central American and Caribbean Junior and World Junior titles in 1996. These results thrust him into the national senior team before the age of 19.

Hernandez made huge progress in 1999 when he emerged on the international scene with the silver medal at the Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, where he ran a PB 13.24. He regards Winnipeg as one of the most important achievements in his career. In the same year, he was sixth at the World Championships, in Sevilla.

He equalled his PB a year later but failed to qualify for the final at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In 2001, he came close to the medals with fifth place at the World Indoor Championships, in Lisbon, and fourth at the World outdoors, in Edmonton.

Overshadowed by Garcia, the 2000 Olympic champion, Hernandez had to wait a few years to enjoy new international victories at the 2004 Ibero-American Championships, in Spain, and the 2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships, in Nassau.

In 2006, Robles emerged as the island’s new hurdling star, but Hernandez maintained a consistent performance and finished third at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia. In 2007, after years trying to lower his PB of 13.24 from 1999, he finally managed it with 13.23, in Athens, in July. He secured his second Pan American Games medal with the bronze in Rio de Janeiro, but failed to reach his fourth World Championships final, in Osaka.

Hernandez goes into the 2008 World Indoor Championships, in Valencia, having run three finals in his four World Indoor Championships so far. With a gradual performance this winter, Hernandez has what it takes to make it again among the top eight, as he did in 2001 and 2004.


Athletics is his family’s favourite sport as Yoel has two brothers - Ernesto and Olelaisis - who also practise track and field. He is married to the Olympian and former 400m runner, Idalmis Bonne, and the couple have one child.


Personal Bests

110m hurdles: 13.23 (2007), 60m hurdles: 7.40 (2000)


Yearly Progression

1994 - 14.20; 1995 - 13.81; 1996 - 13.81/13.72w; 1997 - 13.70; 1998 - 13.45; 1999 -13.24; 2000 - 13.24/13.20w; 2001 - 13.30; 2002 - 13.30; 2003 - 13.49; 2004 -13.29/13.28w; 2005 - 13.39/13.32w; 2006 - 13.39; 2007 - 13.23.
Indoors
2000 - 7.45; 2000 - 7.40; 2001 - 7.58; 2002 - 7.56; 2003 - 7.57; 2004 - 7.59; 2005 -7.71; 2006 - 7.62; 2008 - 7.60.


Career Highlights

1996 1st  Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships
1996  1st   World Junior Championships 
1999 2nd    Pan American Games
1999 6th   World Championships
2001 5th   World Indoor Championships
2001 4th   World Championships
2003 7th   World Championships
2004 7th    World Indoor Championships
2004 1st   Ibero-American Championships
2005  1st  Central American and Caribbean Championships
2006    8th      World Indoor Championships
2006 3rd  Central American and Caribbean Games
2007 3rd  Pan American Games


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

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