Roberto Hernández (athlete)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Hernández and the second or maternal family name is Prendes.

Roberto Hernández Prendes (born March 6, 1967 in Limonar, Matanzas) is a retired Cuban track and field sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres.

His personal best for the 400 metres is 44.14 seconds, set in Seville, Spain in May 1990. Until September 2006, this was the fastest time by anyone not from the USA. It remains the Cuban record for the event. He broke 44.5 seconds on four other occasions.

Hernandez finished fourth in the World Championship finals in 1987 and 1991. As a member of the Cuban 4 x 400m relay squad he won a World Championship Bronze medal in 1987 and an Olympic Silver medal in 1992.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
1985 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 400 metres 45.34
World Student Games Kobe, Japan 2nd 400 metres 45.41
1986 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Mexico City, México 1st 200 metres 20.70 A
1st 400 metres 45.19 A
Ibero American Championships Havana, Cuba 2nd 400 metres 46.03
World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 400 metres 45.64
1987 Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 3rd 400 metres 45.13
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 2nd 400 metres 46.09
World Championships Rome, Italy 4th 400 metres 44.99
3rd 4x400 m relay 2:59.16 NR
1988 Ibero American Championships Mexico City, México 3rd 200 metres 20.24 A   (-0.3 m/s)
1st 400 metres 44.44 A CR
1989 Central American and Caribbean Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st 400 metres 44.84 CR
World Student Games Duisburg, West Germany 1st 400 metres 45.42
1990 Central American and Caribbean Games Mexico City, Mexico 1st 200 metres 20.72 A   (-0.8 m/s)
1st 400 metres 44.84 A
3rd 4x400 m relay 3:06.17 A
1991 Pan American Games Havana, Cuba 1st 400 metres 44.52
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 4th 400 metres 44.86
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 5th 400 metres 44.52
2nd 4x400 m relay 2:59.51
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany heats 400 metres 46.01
6th 4 x 400 m relay 3:00.46
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, USA heats 4x400 m relay 3:05.75