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Heraclio Eder Sánchez Terán (born 21 May 1986 in Tlalnepantla de Baz, Estado de México) is a Mexican race walker.[1] He has competed at the World Championships in Athletics five times (2005 to 2011) and represented his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.[2] He is currently serving the Mexican Army, and has won the Mexican 'Premio Nacional del Deporte'. He holds the Mexican record for walking over 5 km and 10 km. His best for the 20 km distance is 1:18:34 hours.

Eder Sánchez
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Sánchez competing at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
Personal information
Full nameEder Heraclio Sánchez Terán
Born (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 33)
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Country Mexico
Event(s)20km Race Walk

Sánchez was active in international walking competitions as a junior (under-20) athlete. He was the silver medallist over 10 km at the 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships,[3] was runner-up to Sun Chao at the 2004 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, then took the 10,000 m walk title at the 2004 CAC Junior Championships.[4] He came fourth in the 10,000 m walk at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics.

In 2005 he moved up to the senior 20 kilometres walk distance and placed eighth in that event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. He failed to finish at the 2006 IAAF World Race Walking Cup,[5] but won a silver medal at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games behind Luis Fernando López.[6] He improved his placing at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics with a fourth-place finish and reached his first global senior podium at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, taking the bronze medal with a personal best time of 1:18:34 hours.[5] He managed only 15th at the 2008 Summer Olympics later that year however.[2] He did win a gold medal at the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics that season though.[7]

Sánchez was the bronze medallist at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in a time of 1:19:22 hours. He came sixth in the 20 km walk at the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup held in Mexico and won the regional title at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in a games record time.[8] The year after he came sixth at the 2011 Pan American Games and was 15th at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.

He competed on the 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge circuit and won at the Chihuahua meeting in his native Mexico in March.[9] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he finished in 6th place.[2]


Personal bestsEdit

Event Result Venue Date
Road walk
10 km 38:31 min   Saransk 19 Sep 2009
20 km 1:18:34 hrs   Cheboksary 10 May 2008
50 km 3:53:19 hrs   Dudince 26 Mar 2011
Track walk
5000 m 18:35.36 min   Katowice 2 Jul 2014
10,000 m 39:46.83 min   Ciudad de México 26 Jun 2011


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Mexico
2002 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 5000m track walk 21:24.33 CR
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 10,000m track walk DQ
Pan American Junior Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 2nd 10,000m track walk 46:27.41
2004 World Race Walking Cup (U20) Naumburg, Germany 2nd 10 km 41:01
1st Team (10 km Junior) 9 pts
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Coatzacoalcos, México 1st 10,000m track walk 43:21.99
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 4th 10,000m 41:01.64
2005 Pan American Race Walking Cup (U20) Lima, Perú 10 km DQ
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 8th 20 km 1:20:45
2006 World Race Walking Cup A Coruña, Spain 20 km DNF
8th Team (20 km) 94 pts
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 2nd 20 km 1:26:30
2007 Pan American Race Walking Cup Balneário Camboriú, Brazil 5th 20 km 1:28:20
2nd Team (20 km) 23 pts
World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th 20 km 1:23:36
2008 World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 3rd 20 km 1:18:34
4th Team (20 km) 61 pts
NACAC U-23 Championships Toluca, México 1st 20,000m walk 1:30:46.78 A
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 15th 20 km 1:21:53
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 20 km 1:19:22
2010 World Race Walking Cup Chihuahua, México 7th 20 km 1:23:56
3rd Team (20 km) 41 pts
Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1st 20 km 1:22:32 GR
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 15th 20 km 1:23:05
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 6th 20 km 1:25:00
2012 World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 7th 20 km 1:20:58
7th Team (20 km) 86 pts
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 6th 20 km 1:19:52
2013 Pan American Race Walking Cup Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala 20 km DQ
2015 Pan American Race Walking Cup Arica, Chile 5th 20 km 1:21:58
World Championships Beijing, China 15th 20 km walk 1:21:56


  1. ^ HISTORIAL ATLETICO - Eder Heraclio Sánchez Terán, Tlalnepantla de Baz, MEX, 21-may-86 (PDF) (in Spanish), Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones de Atletismo, archived from the original (PDF) on August 17, 2013, retrieved May 13, 2015
  2. ^ a b c Eder Sanchez Archived 2012-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  3. ^ 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships Archived 2011-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  4. ^ 2004 CAC Junior Athletics Championships. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  5. ^ a b Eder Sanchez. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  6. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2006-07-26). Guevara and Martinez shine - CAC Games, Day One. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  7. ^ NACAC Toluca MEX 18 - 20 July. Tilastopaja Oy. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  8. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2010-07-31). Jamaica dominates relays, Barrios and Ramos complete doubles as CAC Games conclude in Mayaguez. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.
  9. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2012-03-04). Sanchez and Henriques repeat, Zepeda completes Mexican party in Chihuahua. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-06.

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