18 MAY 2006 General News

Saladino continues to jump well, 8.47m in Fortaleza

Irving Saladino of Panama on his way to winning the silver medal in the men's Long Jump final (Getty Images)Irving Saladino of Panama on his way to winning the silver medal in the men's Long Jump final (Getty Images) © Copyright

A few days after his stunning 8.56m South American record, Panamanian Irving Saladino continued his string of good performances by jumping 8.47m on Wednesday night (17 May), in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil at the “II GP Sul-Americano Caixa/Unifor de Atletismo”.

The 5000 people who attended the meet at the track of the “Universidade de Fortaleza” were pleased with Saladino’s display, who this time had to jump into a head wind. “I did very well in Rio and here too, but the wind was the big difference”, said the 23 year-old Panamanian.

Saladino, the silver medallist of the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships, opened his competition with his furthest jump of the night, 8.47m, which became even more remarkable because of the negative wind reading of 1.1 m/s. Then passed his next attempt, fouled the following 2, recorded an 8.34m (-0.9 m/s) in the fifth round and passed again on his last one.

Brazilian Erivaldo Vieira, sixth at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships, was second with 7.96m, while France’s Salim Sdiri was third with 7.94m.

Another national record by Andrés Silva

Uruguayan Andrés Silva, a former IAAF World Youth Champion at Octathlon, continued his progress at 400m, by setting his second national record of the season. This time, the 20 year-old from Tacuarembó ran the full lap in 45.02, to move into the number 3 spot of the South American all-time lists.

Two Americans completed the podium setting season’s bests. Derrick Brew clocked 45.25, while Leonard Byrd 45.47.

“I’m very happy because I felt it could be a good day, and it was a pretty good one”, said an exultant Silva, who’s previous national record was 45.32 from 15 April at Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

Suspense for Gregório

Brazilian Jadel Gregório, the man who has dominated the Triple Jump in South America for the past 5 seasons, was pushed on Wednesday by his compatriot Jefferson Dias Sabino, who passed him at the last round while setting an outdoors’ personal best of 16.95 (-0.2). But Gregório has always been exceptionally strong at the main competitions on the Brazilian circuit, and took a dramatic victory with a final effort of 16.96m (-0.5).

Cuban Yoandri Betanzos was third with 16.68m (0.7), still far from the 17.63m jumped in La Habana in February.

Menéndez stays strong

Another Cuban, World and Olympic Javelin Throw champion and World record holder Osleidys Menéndez continued steady over 63m, and in Fortaleza won with 63.77m. Her compatriot Sonia Bisset recorded a season’s best with her second place and her 62.77m performance.

American Kim Kreiner was third with a national record of 61.79m, while Italian Zahra Bani was fourth with 59.92, another season’s best.

Jason Smoots (USA) won the 100m in 10.16 (0.0), while his compatriot Joel Brown took the 200m in 20.71 (-0.3).

Kenyan Justus Koech also set a season best while recording his second victory of the week in Brazilian soil at 800m. His time was 1:46.14, just ahead of 2 locals, Kleberson Davide (1:46.56) and Osmar dos Santos (1:46.94).

Colombian Paulo César Villar was victorious at 110mh in a season’s best of 13.49, the same time as Brazilian Olympic finalist Mateus Inocêncio.

Other men’s winners were Jamaican Dean Griffiths with 49.53 at 400mh and Cuban Guillermo Martínez with 82.34m in the javelin.

Season’s best for Mbacké Thiam

Senegalese Amy Mbacké Thiam, the 400m 2001 World Champion, recorded a fine time in Brazil, 51.24, in her second race of her outdoors season. The 29 year-old seems to be in fine form, after equaling her 200m personal best on Sunday in Rio with 23.10.

In Fortaleza, Thiam beat Jamaican Lorraine Fenton, a former silver medallist at three World Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games, who clocked 51.54, her 2006 best, also coming in her second race of the year.

American Tiffany Ross scored a nice victory at 400mh setting her season’s best of 54.88, while her compatriot Sheri-Ann Brooks won the 100m in 11.43.

Brazilian Fabiana Murer took the victory in the PV with 4.35m and Ukraine’s Olha Saladuha set a personal best with her TJ victory (14.37m/0.6).

Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF