Rio de Janeiro witnessed the 30th edition of the Brazilian National Youth Championships (25 and 26 June), which left many hopes for the upcoming IAAF World Youth in Marrakech.
On Sunday 25 June, fourteen year-old Jucilene Sales de Lima improved the South American record of the Javelin with a toss of 48.58 metres, erasing the 48.20m mark of Argentinean Mariela Aguer (Guayaquil, 7 June 2003).
Yet, that wasn’t the only area record bettered. Also on Saturday, the female 4x100 metres relay of the State of São Paulo ran 45.95 and erased the 45.99 time set by Venezuela in Bogotá on 4 November 2000. The team was composed by Tatiane de Paula Ferraz, Natassia Bricks Bourg, Franciela das Graças Krasucki and Josiane Valentim.
A total of 6 Championship records were also bettered, all by girls, and two of them by sprinter Franciela Krasucki, who ran 11.59 and 23.79 at 100 and 200 metres. The other 2, along with the Javelin and the 4x100 metres, were in the Hammer, by Marynna Karolyna Santos de Jesus (48.16m), and in the Medley Relay by the São Paulo State team (2:11.90).
Another remarkable performance was produced by Paraguayan thrower Víctor Fatecha, who tossed the 700 grams Javelin to 76.26 metres, to improve his own national youth record.
The Brazilian Team
At the end of the event, the Brazilian Confederation, CBAt, announced its team for Marrakech.
The boys selected are: Helder Corrêa Alves (Paraná; 400m), Diego dos Santos Pereira de Araújo (São Paulo; High Jump), André Luís Gonçalves da Silva (São Paulo; High Jump), Claiton Sabino (São Paulo; Long Jump, Octathlon), Marco Felipe Passos (Rio de Janeiro; Long Jump), Alafans Delfino (São Paulo, Triple Jump), Gerson Carvalho dos Santos (São Paulo; Discus).
Girls: Franciela Krasucki (São Paulo; 100m), Bárbara Leôncio (Rio de Janeiro; 100m), Josiane Valentim (São Paulo; 200m), Vanda Ferreira Gomes (Paraná; 200m), Wanessa Zavolski (Paraná; 400 meters hurdles), Marynna de Jesus (Rio de Janeiro; Hammer), Jucilene Sales de Lima (São Paulo; Javelin), Marilu Zanghelini (Santa Catarina; 5000 meters Walk).
Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF