01 JUN 2011 General News

South American Championships return to Buenos Aires

Fabiana Murer in Rio  (Marcelo Ferrelli/CBAt)Fabiana Murer in Rio (Marcelo Ferrelli/CBAt) © Copyright

Forty four years since the last time it hosted the event, Buenos Aires will again host the South American Championships. It will be the 47th edition of the oldest Area Championships in the athletics world, and Brazil will presents its strongest team, in its attempt to retain its leadership in the event - which it has had since 1975.


Champions, such as Maurren Maggi, the Olympic gold medallist at Long Jump in Beijing 2008, Fabiana Murer, the 2010 Pole Vault World Indoor champion, and Keila Costa, the 2010 Long Jump World Indoor Championships bronze medallist, will lead the Brazilian delegation.


It is also expected the participation of Panamanians Irving Saladino, the Olympic gold medallist at Long Jump in Beijing 2008, and Alonso Edward, the 2009 World Championships silver medallist at 200m.


Argentina will present a strong team, headed by throwers German Lauro, the 2009 South American champion at Shot Put and Discus Throw, and the South American record holders at Hammer, Juan Ignacio Cerra, and Jennifer Dahlgren. The 34 year-old Cerra will be in the hunt for its ninth South American title.


The event can be followed at: http://www.consudatle.org/ResultadosWeb2011/index.php


Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF