Rene Herrera was only the 2nd Filipino to ever compete in the Olympic men’s 5000m run.
The first one was no other than the incumbent Secretary General of PATAFA – Benjamin Silva Netto. He participated in the 1968 Mexico Olympics where he clocked 17:10.2 to place 13th out of 14 entries in his heat.
His heat was won by Kenyan Naftali Temu who clocked 14:20.4. He later won the bronze medal in the finals behind Mohammed Gammoudi (Tunisia) and Kipchoge Keino (Kenya).
Photocredits: Philippine Star