Michael Herrera

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Michael Herrera
Personal information
Full name Michael Herrera Flores
Born (1985-06-05) 5 June 1985 (age 30)
Los Palacios, Pinar del Río, Cuba
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Country  Cuba
Sport Athletics
Updated on 4 June 2013.

Michael Herrera (born 5 June 1985) is a Cuban track and field sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres. He has a personal best of 20.31 seconds for the event and has also recorded 10.16 seconds for the 100 metres. He was a semi-finalist at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and has represented Cuba at the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2011.


Born in Los Palacios, Pinar del Río,[1][2] he began competing at the senior level in 2005 and finished third in both the 100 m and 200 m at the Cuban Championships that year. He won the 200 m and the 4×100 metres relay at the 2005 ALBA Games. He was selected for these events at the 2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships and came sixth and fourth, respectively.[3] He won the 200 m at the Barrientos Memorial in 2006.[4] He reached the semi-finals of both the sprints at the 2006 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics. At the 2006 CAC Games he helped the relay team to fourth (running alongside Yoel Hernández and Dayron Robles) and was a 200 m semi-finalist.[3]

Herrera defended both his titles at the 2007 ALBA Games in Caracas and ran a personal best of 20.31 seconds. He was a finalist in the 200 m at the 2007 Pan American Games and helped the relay team reach the final.[5] He only had a season's best of 20.81 seconds in 2008 and did not compete internationally.[6] Herrera switched his focus to the 100 m event in the 2009 season and was rewarded with a personal best of 10.16 seconds, wins at the Barrientos Memorial and the 2009 ALBA Games.[7] He placed seventh in the final at the 2009 CAC Championships.[8]

A quiet 2010 was highlighted by a 100 m win at the Barrientos Memorial with a hand-timed 9.7 seconds.[9] He began doubling up in the sprint events for the 2011 season and won both events at the Barrientos meet.[10] He won silver medals in both events at the 2011 ALBA Games and helped Cuba take the relay title. His season's best of 20.52 seconds for the 200 m was enough for a place on the Cuban team for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and ended the competition in fourth in the semi-finals.[6] He was also selected for the 2011 Pan American Games and was a semi-finalist in both the individual sprints, as well as running Cuba to fourth in the relay final with Roberto Skyers.[3] In 2012 he placed fifth in the 200 m at the Ibero-American Championships,[11] and a run of 20.64 seconds in Havana gained him a place in the Cuban squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[12]

Personal best[edit]

  • 100 m: 10.16 s (wind: -1.3 m/s)Cuba La Habana, 23 April 2009
  • 200 m: 20.31 s (wind: +2.0 m/s)Venezuela Caracas, 11 May 2009


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
2005 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 1st 200 m 20.98 s (wind: +0.0 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 40.08 s
Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 6th 200 m 20.91 s (wind: +1.9 m/s)
4th 4x100 m relay 39.40 s
2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 12th (sf) 100m 10.66 (wind: +0.7m/s)
3rd (h) [13] 200m 21.21(wind: +1.3m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 6th (sf) 200 m 21.15 s (wind: -0.1 m/s)
4th 4x100 m relay 39.63 s
2007 ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st 200 m 20.31 s (wind: +2.0 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 39.23 s
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th (sf) 200 m 20.74 s (wind: +0.7 m/s)
6th (h) 4x100 m relay 39.54 s
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 1st 100 m 10.16 s (wind: -1.3 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 39.77 s
Central American and Caribbean Championships La Habana, Cuba 7th 100 m 10.31 s (wind: +0.9 m/s)
2011 ALBA Games Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2nd 100 m 10.35 s (wind: +0.1 m/s)
2nd 200 m 20.67 s w (wind: +2.4 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 39.34 s
World Championships Daegu, Korea 13th (sf) 200 m 20.75 s (wind: -0.7 m/s)
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 13th (sf) 100 m 10.52 s (wind: -1.9 m/s)
8th (sf) 200 m 20.66 s (wind: +0.5 m/s)
4th 4x100 m relay 39.75 s
2012 Ibero-American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 5th 200 m 20.78 s (wind: -0.9 m/s)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 6th (h) 200 m 21.05 s


  1. ^ Estadistica deportiva - Rankings - ATLETISMO (in Spanish), Instituto Nacional de Deportes Educación Física y Recreación (INDER), retrieved June 28, 2013 
  2. ^ Michael Herrera. London2012. Retrieved on 2012-07-21.
  3. ^ a b c Michel Herrera. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  4. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2006-06-06). Cubans give indication of top form at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  5. ^ Pan American Games 2007 Results. Cob.org. Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  6. ^ a b Hererra Michael. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  7. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2009-06-01). Savigne, Copello and Lopez shine at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  8. ^ 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships. Inder CAC2009. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  9. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2010-03-23). Barrios steals the show at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  10. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2011-05-29). New talents emerge at Barrientos Memorial in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  11. ^ 2012 Ibero American Championships Results. CONSUDATLE. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  12. ^ Cuba announces team of 47 for London Games. IAAF (2012-07-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  13. ^ Did not finish in the semifinal

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