Alejandro Cárdenas

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Alejandro Cárdenas
Medal record
Competitor for  Mexico
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Tegucigalpa 100 m
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cárdeñas and the second or maternal family name is Robles.

Alejandro Manuel Cárdenas Robles (born September 4, 1974 in Hermosillo, Sonora) is a retired track & field athlete from Mexico. He is married to high jumper athlete Romary Rifka.


After forming part of the Mexican 4 X 100 metres relay in the 1992 Summer Olympics, he opted for the decathlon.

In 1995 he obtained a bronze medal in the Pan American Games in decathlon and another bronze as the member of the 4 X 100 relay.

During 1996, he specialized in the 400 m dash, in which participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics, and qualified for the semifinals, with a time of 45.33 s.

In 1998 he participated in the Central American and Caribbean Games, in 400 m dash, in which he obtained a bronze medal.

Cárdenas also participated in 1999 on the IAAF World Indoor Championships, in 400 m dash in which he obtained a bronze medal. That same year also participated in the World Championships in Athletics. Alejandro ran along with Michael Johnson, he reached a third place, and a personal record of 44.31 s.

Little time later he participated in which were its last Pan American Games, reaching a third place in the 400 m dash.

Alejandro participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics, in 400 m dash, running 46.14 s in the first round, and 45.66 in the semifinals, in which did not advance.

Four years later Cárdenas participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics, in the 400 m dash, running 45.46 s in the first round, and 45.64 s in the semifinals, in which did not advance.

In the 2005 the Mexican athlete again participated in the World Championships, in Helsinki, Finland, being eliminated in the first round with a time of 46.73 s.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Mexico
1992 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Tegucigalpa, Honduras 3rd 100 m 10.6   (0.0 m/s)
Ibero-American Championships Seville, Spain 4th 4x100m relay 40.29
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4x100 m relay DSQ
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 16th (h) 4x100 m relay 39.79
1994 Ibero-American Championships Mar del Plata, Argentina 4th Decathlon 7.015 pts W
2nd 4x400m relay 3:07.75
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 3rd Decathlon 7387 pts
3rd 4x100 m relay 39.77
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 18th (h) 4x100 m relay 39.66
18th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:07.22
Universiade Fukuoka, Japan 13th (sf) 100 m 10.62
5th 4x100 m relay 40.14
1996 Ibero-American Championships Medellín, Colombia 1st 4x100 m relay 39.60
2nd Decathlon 7614 pts
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 18th (qf) 400 m 45.33
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 10th (sf) 400 m 46.50
9th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:11.41
World Championships Athens, Greece 28th (qf) 400 m 46.63
1998 Ibero-American Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 400 m 45.04
1st 4x400 m relay 3:06.12
Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 3rd 400 m 45.22
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 3rd 400 m 46.02 NR
World Championships Seville, Spain 3rd 400 m 44.31 PB
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 3rd 400 m 44.92
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 23rd (qf) 400 m 45.66
2001 Central American and Caribbean Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 3rd 400 m 45.85 A
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 14th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:03.19 NR
2004 Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 3rd 400 m 45.22
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 16th (sf) 400 m 45.64
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 35th (h) 400 m 46.73 SB

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