Rene Herrera

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Rene Herrera
Personal information
Full name Rene Gamarcha Herrera
Nationality Filipino
Born (1979-05-24) May 24, 1979 (age 37)
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) (2012)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb) (2012)
Country  Philippines
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 3000m steeplechase

Rene Gamarcha Herrera (born April 24, 1979) is a Filipino[1][2] track and field athlete. In total he has won 5 gold medals at South East Asian games.[3][4] Currently, Herrera is one of the newly appointed coaches of the Philippines national athletics team.[5]

Early life[edit]

Herrera was born and raised in Jordan, Guimaras. He is the son of Rodrigo Herrera, an establishment janitor, and Nenita, a former housekeeper.[6] Herrera started running at high school[7] although, for a time, he was primarily an amateur boxer, competing in that event until the age 17. He stopped boxing with a record of 20 fights and 5 loses.[1][7] Subsequently, Herrera entered the annual Milo marathon that he won, enabling him to qualify for national competitions.[7]

Herrera is a Philippine Navy seaman, 2nd class and has competed in Southeast Asian, Asian and Olympic Games.[8]


2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

In 2012 London Olympic Games, Herrera made his Olympics racing debut in the 5000 metres.[9] He qualified for the Olympics after winning silver at the Hong Kong Intercity Athletics Championships and becoming a five time gold medalist for the Southeast Asian games.[6]

He was the oldest competitor for the Philippines at the Olympics[7]

On August 8, 2012 in Olympic stadium, Herrera finished in 41st place, in a time of 14:44.11, his personal’s best in the 5000 metres.[10] However, Herrera did not advance at heats to the finals.[11]


Herrera competes in the 3000 meter Steeplechase[12] and Marathon events.

Personal Bests[edit]

Event Time Location Date
3000m Steeplechase 8:49.39 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand 28.04.2004
5000m run 14:44.11 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 08.08.2012

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2012 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 41st 5000 m 14:44.11 PB
Hong Kong Intercity Athletics Championships Hong Kong, China 2nd 5000 m 15:01.73
2011 South East Asian Games Palembang, Indonesia 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:52.23
Asian championships Kobe, Japan 8th 3000 m steeplechase 9:12.34
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 8th 3000 m steeplechase 9:02.93
Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 3000 m steeplechase 9:00.53
2009 South East Asian Games Vientiane, Myanmar 1st 3000 m steeplechase 9:11.20
2008 Ho Chi Minh Int'l Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 3000 m steeplechase [Gold] 9:00.01
Inchon international half marathon Inchon, Korea 8th Half-Marathon 1:05:59 PB
2007 South East Asian Games Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:54:21
2006 Asian Games Doha, Qatar 6th 3000 m steeplechase 9:05.70
Philippine Olympic Festival Palayan City, Philippines 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:58.9
2005 South East Asian Games Manila, Philippines 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:56:14
World Cross Country Championships Saint-Galmier, France 128 Men's Short cross 13:42
2004 World Half Marathon Championships New Delhi, India 73rd Half marathon 1:15:06
2003 South East Asian Games Hanoi, Vietnam 1st 3000 m steeplechase 8:50.78


  • NR - National Record
  • PB - Personals best
  • NR - National Record
  • SB - Seasonal Best


  1. ^ a b International Association of Athletics Federations - IAAF, (2011) "Herrera Rene," Philippine Athlete Biographies: Home of world athletics.
  2. ^ Luarca, Roy (2011) "SEA Games: Rene Herrera defends steeplechase crown as athletics gets going", Philippine Daily Inquirer November 11th
  3. ^ InterAKTV, (2011) "Pinoys harvest golds in taekwondo, athletics," SEA Games Wrap ABC Development Corporation.November 12
  4. ^ Athletics Performances Centre; RENE HERRERA Biography Retrieved August 21, 2010
  5. ^ Manicad, Julius (7 January 2016). "Patafa appoints new coaches". Daily Tribune. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Melendres, Ted S. (2012) Rene Herrera takes crack at 5,000m, Philippine Daily Inquirer August 8th,
  7. ^ a b c d Dyan Castillejo and Rose Eclarinal (2012)"Filipino Olympian: Rene Herrera", Sports Retrieved 07/21
  8. ^ Pirie Enzo the Sea Games championship in that event from 2003 and beyond. Featured Athlete: Rene Herrera, Athletics – 3000m Steeplechase, HyperSports (2012)
  9. ^ Henson, Joaquin (2012) "Herrera sets example as senior Olympian", The Philippine Star Retrieved July 05
  10. ^ Pirie Enzo, pinoyathletics (2012)]Herrera finishes last but new PB OG 5000M, August 9
  11. ^ "Men's 5000m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Pirie Enzo, Hyper Sports (2011) " Rene Herrera, Athletics – 3000m Steeplechase", Featured Athlete

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