Track Beauty of the Week: Barbara Hernando

Barbara Hernando is this week’s track beauty!

The heptathlete is the 2011 Spanish heptathlon and pentathlon champion.  The multi-events specialist has a personal best of 5,583 points in the heptathlon from 2009 and 4,381 points in the pentathlon, with the latter being the Spanish indoor national record.

 

Photos from Mirror Box Studios/kmapostcards.wordpress.com and nostresport.com

Hernando seems to fare better in indoor competition, thanks to her sound hurdling skills and flat-out speed. En route to her Spanish pentathlon record, Hernando notched respectable perfomances of 8.58s in the 60m hurdles, 1.72m in the high jump and 6.14m in the long jump.

The Castellon-born athlete won bronze at the 2010 Ibero-American Games, where she scored a competitive 5,314 points. However, she failed to replicate her peformance at the Barcelona European Championships held about a month later, withdrawing right before the final event. It was a disappointing outcome, considering the fact that Bernardo had set personal records in the shot put, high jump and the 100m hurdles in front of her homecrowd.

With London 2012 just around the corner, Hernando is within sight to better the Spanish heptathlon record of Maria Peinado (5,380 points) from 2002, should she stay clear of injury.

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