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Cuban Olympic runner-up Roberto Hernandez dies

Havana, (Prensa Latina) Cuban Olympic runner-up in the 4x400-meter relay Roberto Hernandez on Tuesday died in Havana months after suffering a cerebrovascular event that ended up deteriorating his health.

According to Radio Habana Cuba, Hernandez (6 March 1967, Florida, Camaguey) had been admitted to the hospital for days in Havana and his death occurred due to complications derived from the stroke.

Upon hearing the news, teammates, athletes and specialists such as sprinter Hermes Ramirez, decathlonist Leonel Suarez, hurdler Daimy Pernia, and prominent sports commentator Rene Navarro, expressed on social networks their admiration and respect for Hernandez, who is among the great runners of Cuban athletics from 1984 to 1993.

Alias ‘Angola,’ Hernandez began his athletic career in the western province of Matanzas and, in addition to the silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, his achievements include runner-up titles at the 1989 World Cup (400 m and 4×400 m) and bronze at the 1987 Rome World Cup.

A national record holder in the 400 meters with 44.14 seconds, Hernandez also held the world record in the 300 meters and was a member of the Cuban record-breaking relay with 2:59.16 minutes.

Among his great seasons, the one of 1990 stands out, when he achieved from May to November, 17 out of 51 races under 45 seconds, with gold in the Seattle Goodwill Games (44.79 seconds) and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico (44.84 seconds).