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Santiago de Chile, and its renovated “Estadio Nacional”, hosted the 20th edition of the South American Youth Championships (9-10 October), which saw the evolution of some very promising names, and the confirmation of some already known at the universal scene.
That was the case of Argentinean Javelin thrower Braian Toledo, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games champion, Colombian race walker Eider Arévalo, the 2010 World Cup Youth champion, and Chilean putter José Joaquín Ballivián, sixth at the past Youth Olympic Games.
Toledo dominated his event with an 85.32m performance, the third-best of his life and of the youth all-time lists for the 700g implement. The mark obtained in Chile ranks behind the 89.34 WYB (Mar del Plata 6 March), and 85.64 performance that gave Toledo the victory at the National Youth Championships (Santa Fe, 19 September).
“This was my final competition of the season, and my last in the U-18 category. I will start my preparation for next season in January, with the South American and Pan-American Junior Championships in mind, where I hope to keep improving my performances, already competing with the implement of 800m,” Toledo said.
Arévalo (Pitalito, Huila, 9 March 1993) won his event, the 10,000m Race Walk, in 40:27.95 –a new national and Championship record. The performance is the 2010 World Youth and World Junior best, as well. The young Colombian also moved to fourth place on the All-time World Youth Lists, behind Chinese Ding Chen (39:47.20 -2008), Ecuadorian Jefferson Pérez (40:08.23 -1990), and Latvian Maris Putenis (40:15.1 -1999).
Chilean Ballivián putted to 20.53m in the afternoon of the closing day, and was able to improve his own South American Youth record set in Singapore at the Youth Olympic Games (20.38m). Ballivián was one of the strongest local performers, along with sprinter Isidora Jiménez, who won the 100 and 200m in 11.92 and 24.30, the latter a national youth record.
Brasil was the top nation, leading the medal table with 20 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze. Chile followed with 7-1-9, and Colombia was third with 4-6-4. The points’ classification was also headed by Brazil with 409 points (218 in Boys and 191 in Girls). Chile was second with 189 points (106 + 83), while Argentina was third with 130 points (50 + 80).
The best performances from Brazilian athletes came from Thiago Braz da Silva and Tamara Alexandrino de Souza.
Braz da Silva, silver medallist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, won the Pole Vault with 5.10m, equaling his PB set at the past “Troféu Brasil”. Alexandrino de Souza took the girls’ Heptathlon with a South American Youth record of 5347 points that improves the previous best of 5319 points set by her compatriot Jaílma Sales de Lima in 2003.
Another Area Youth record bettered was the one of the 5000m Race Walk. Peruvian Yuli Capcha (8 Oct 94) clocked 22:33.63 to erase the 20-year-old mark of Ecuadorian Miriam Ramón (22:51.10). Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF
2010 South American Youth Championships – Santiago, Chile – 9-10 October
Champions Boys: 100m (2.2): Mateo Edward PAN 10.65; 200m (nwi): Antônio Rodrigues BRA 21.48; 400m: Leandro de Araújo BRA 47.87; 800m: Joseílton Cunha BRA 1:50.6 CR; 1500m: Carlos Díaz CHI 4:12.11; 3000m: Marcos Guamán ECU 8:52.80; 2000m St: Ioran Etchechury BRA 6:10.21; 110m hurdles (-1.0): Patricio Colarte CHI 14.08; 400m hurdles: Alfredo Sepúlveda CHI 53.6; HJ: Almir dos Santos BRA 2.00; PV: Thiago da Silva BRA 5.10; LJ: Douglas Selestrino BRA 7.42/-0.9; TJ: Henrique da Silva 15.16/-0.3; SP: José Joaquín Ballivián CHI 20.53 CR/AR-y; DT: Felipe Lorenzon BRA 58.74 CR; HT: Fabián Serna COL 71.77; JT: Braian Toledo ARG 85.32 CR; Octathlon: Lucas Conceição BRA 5625 (11.31/0.9; 6.43/-0.7; 12.92; 50.60; 14.94/0.2; 1.79; 40.91; 2:49.56); Medley relay: BRA 1:54.06; 10000m Walk: Eider Arévalo COL 40:27.95 CR.
Girls: 100m (0.9) 200m (0.5): Isidora Jiménez CHI 11.92/24.30; 400m: Evelis Aguilar COL 55.64; 800m: Ana Funes ARG 2:10.96; 1500m: Érica Lima BRA 4:36.31; 3000m: Andrea Torres ECU 10:01.41; 2000m St: July da Silva BRA 7:09.16; 100m hurdles (0.9): Trinidad León CHI 14.63; 400m hurdles: Natania Habitzreiter BRA 62.09; HJ: Betsabé Paéz ARG 1.75 =CR; Angie Hernández COL 3.80; LJ: Jéssica dos Reis BRA 6.01/0.3; TJ: Aline do Nascimento BRA 12.21/-0.4; SP/DT: Esthefania da Costa BRA 13.82/48.22 CR; JT: María Mello URU 42.42; Heptathlon: Tamara de Souza BRA 5347 (14.37/-0.7; 1.62; 13.47; 25.29/-1.0; 5.75/-0.7; 40.73; 2:38.75); Medley relay: BRA 2:11.98; Yuli Capcha PER 22:33.63 CR/AR-y.