The legendary Spanish, who went to win the silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics, made his World Championship debut one year earlier, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the age of 21, and has never missed an edition of the tournament in the last two decades.
The only player to have competed in 2003 to remain active in international beach volleyball, Herrera, now aged 41, will make history when partner Adrián Gavira and him go on the court on Friday to face Australians Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett in their Pool H opener as he’ll then become the first player to have appeared in 11 editions of the event.
“I’m very happy to see that I’m still able to battle the best players in the world and having one of them, Adrián, by my side certainly helps a lot,” the Spanish told Volleyball World. “The younger players are all very strong and the level is incredibly high now. I believe we’re the oldest team on the Beach Pro Tour and we’re still competing in every match. I don’t look for records and stuff like that, all I want is to feel good on the court and help my team the most I can.”