Maurren Maggi leaping 6.91 to take the South American title (Wander Roberto de Oliveira/CBAt) © Copyright
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6.91 Long Jump victory for Maggi over Costa - South American Championships Day Two

time World Indoor Championships medallist, highlighted the second day of competition (8) of the 45th South American Championships that are taking place in São Paulo, and will end on Saturday 9 June.

On a warm afternoon at the track of the “Estádio Ícaro de Castro Mello”, the 30-year-old South American record holder (7.26m; Bogotá, 26 June 1999) leaped to 6.91 (wind 1.0), to obtain her fifth victory at the event.

Tight competition

Yet, in their second encounter of the season, Maggi beat her main South American rival on Friday, Brazilian Keila Costa, who jumped 6.83 (0.2) to obtain the second best result of her life, after the 6.88 she jumped at the Brazilian GP in Belém (20 May).

The event was full of quality. Maggi opened with a 6.64 leap, and then Costa took the lead in the second round with 6.83. Maggi responded with 6.83 on her third jump, after a 6.77 in her second. That gave her the lead in the count-back rule, but after a pass in the fifth round, Maggi closed with 6.91 to erase all doubts.

“Keila has been jumping really well, so this victory is very important for me”, said Maggi after her feat. “After my 6.94 jump in the altitude of Cochabamba (3 June), this is a great confirmation of form for me. Now the preparation continues for the Pan-American Games and the Osaka World Championships, and my goal is to be around 7m by that time of the year,”, added Maggi.

Argentina sweeps men’s throws

In a rare, but remarkable feat, the Argentinean team completed a clean sweep of the men’s throwing events. To the victories of Germán Lauro (Shot Put) and Pablo Pietrobelli (Javelin Throw) from the first day, Lauro followed with a double by taking the Discus, while Juan Ignacio Cerra won the Hammer. So far, thes are the only victories for Argentina in the meet.

Lauro, a Shot specialist with a 60.30 discus PB, won with a 57.12 throw, in the absence of his compatriot and South American record holder, Jorge Balliengo, who suffered a serious injury that will force him to miss the entire season.

Lauro’s victory came with his fourth round effort. Brazilian Ronald Julião was second with 56.53 and Colombian Julián Angulo was third with 54.68.

In the Hammer Throw, Cerra, the South American record holder, obtained his seventh consecutive title with 72.96. “I felt well, but I couldn’t deliver the great throw that me and my coach were expecting,” said the 30 year-old left-hander from Santa Fe.

Chilean Patricio Palma (66.56) and Brazilian Wágner Domingos (65.15) completed the podium.

Who also added yet another crown to her collection was Brazilian Elisângela Adriano, who won the Shot Put with her best result of the season, 17.41, to now reach eight golds in the event, and 14 in the history of the Championships. Adriano had won the Discus Throw on Thursday also with her best result of the season: 59.85.

Luz Dary Castro, from Colombia (16.35) and 18 year-old Natalia Ducó, from Chile (16.20) finished second and third.

Chilean record in the Decathlon

Twenty two-year-old Gonzalo Barroilhet, from Santiago, Chile, provided the only gold medal for his country by winning the Decathlon with 7504 points, a mark that also is a new National Record.

Supported by a “Decathlon-South-American-record” in the Pole Vault of 5.30, and also helped by a good 14.0 110m Hurdles run and a 41.14 in the discus, Barroilhet was able to erase the previous national mark of Jorge Naranjo (7489) that had been set at the 2005 South American Championships in Cali.

Brazil reserved its best specialists for the “Troféu Brasil” and the Pan-American Games, but still placed two athletes on the podium, both with PBs: Danilo Mendes Xavier, 7288, and Sinval de Oliveira, 7243.

In the sprints, Brazilian Vicente Lenílson de Lima had just enough fuel to hold-off the attack of Ecuadorian Franklin Nazareno in the 100m. After a good start, de Lima was almost pipped at the line by Nazareno. The victory, his first at the event, went to the Brazilian 10.36 to 10.37.

In the 400m, Uruguayan Andrés Silva, a former World Youth Champion in the Octathlon, took the event with his best clocking of the season: 45.89. This was Silva’s second victory in the Championships, and so far the first one in São Paulo for his country. Brazilian Rodrigo Bargas was second with 46.15.

In a slow and tactical race, Kléberson Davide (BRA) won the 800m in 1:49.61, while Sérgio da Silva (BRA) took the 10,000m in 29:57.80.

In the High Jump, Brazilian Jessé de Lima equaled his seasons’ best to win with a 2.24 leap, to beat his compatriot Fábio Baptista (2.21), and 37-year-old Colombian Gilmar Mayo (also 2.21).

Relays go to Brazil

Both 4x100m relays went to the locals, in a good display from both teams. The males won in 38.77, the best time for a Brazilian team in the past 3 seasons. The females also set a good clock of 43.54, mark that is also the best in South America in 2007.

Argentina and Chile, who finished in third place in the male and female race respectively, set new national records with 39.91and 45.34.

The remaining 4 finals of the day went to Colombian James Rendón in the 20,000m race Walk with 1:24:25.4; Brazilians Josiane Tito and Zenaide Vieira in the 400m and 3000m Steeplechase respectively, with 52.67 and 10:07.93, a new Championship record; while Guyana’s Marian Burnett won a dramatic 800m race in 2:03.57, after a fall from Colombian Rosibel García in the last 50m while she was leading.

Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF

Leading Results – Day 2 (8 June)
100m (-0.7)
1 Vicente de Lima (BRA) 10.36
2 Franklin Nazareno (ECU) 10.37
3 Álvaro Gómez (COL) 10.66
1 Andrés Silva (URU) 45.89
2 Rodrigo Bargas (BRA) 46.15
3 Fernando de Almeida (BRA) 46.38
1 Kléberson Davide (BRA) 1:49.61
2 Gustavo Aguirre (ARG) 1:49.98
3 André de Santana (BRA) 1:50.10
1 Sérgio da Silva (BRA) 29:57.80
2 Ubiratan dos Santos (BRA) 30:12.36
3 Didimo Sánchez (VEN) 31:15.30
High Jump
1 Jessé de Lima (BRA) 2.24
2 Fábio Baptista (BRA) 2.21
3 Gilmar Mayo (COL) 2.21
1 Germán Lauro (ARG) 57.12
2 Ronald Julião (BRA) 56.53
3 Julián Angulo (COL) 54.68
1 Juan Ignacio Cerra (ARG) 72.96
2 Patricio Palma (CHI) 66.56
3 Wágner Domingos (BRA) 65.15
1 Gonzalo Barroilhet (CHI) 7504 NR [11.42/0.0 7.15/-0.3 12.59 1.93 51.93 (3729/4) 14.0/0.0 40.14 5.30 52.81 5:05.71]
2 Danilo Mendes Xavier (BRA) 7288 [11.23/0.0 7.22/0.5 11.99 1.87 49.47 (3808/2) 14.5/0.0 37.40 4.20 54.64 4:43.93]
3 Sinval de Oliveira (BRA) 7243 [11.21/0.0 7.11/0.1 11.73 1.84 48.40 (3795/3) 15.1/0.0 35.97 4.10 52.08 4:22.90]
4x100m Relay
1 BRA 38.77 (V. de Lima, N. André, B. de Morães, Rodrigues Viana)
2 COL 39.80 (Hechevarría, G. Mosquera, Gómez, Grueso)
3 ARG 39.91 NR (Garaventa, Jiménez, Wilken, Altamirano)
20000m Walk
1 James Rendón (COL) 1:24:25.4
2 Rolando Saquipay (ECU) 1:25:55.2
3 Juan Manuel Cano (ARG) 1:28:28.5
1 Josiane Tito (BRA) 52.67
2 Sheila Ferreira (BRA) 53.19
3 Lucy Jaramillo (ECU) 53.44 NR
1 Marian Burnett (GUY) 2:03.57
2 Muriel Coneo (COL) 2:08.99
3 Marcela Britos (URU) 2:10.30
3000m Steeplechase
1 Zenaide Vieira (BRA) 10:07.93 *
2 Ángela Figueroa (COL) 10:13.88 NR
3 Michelle Costa (BRA) 10:24.35
Long Jump
1 Maurren Maggi (BRA) 6.91/1.0
2 Keila Costa (BRA) 6.83/0.2
3 Caterine Ibargüen (COL) 6.18/0.9
1 Elisângela Adriano (BRA) 17.41
2 Luz Dary Castro (COL) 16.35
3 Natalia Ducó (CHI) 16.20
4x100m Relay
1 BRA 43.54 (Barbosa Presti, Alves dos Santos, de Moura, Ignácio)
2 COL 44.68 (Palacios, Merlano, Brock, Hinestroza)
3 CHI 45.34 NR (Pavez, Díaz, Mackenna, Riderelli)
Heptathlon – Day 1
Lucimara da Silva (BRA) 3479 [13.65/0.3 1.80 10.43 24.70/-0.6]
Elizete Gomes da Silva (BRA) 3400 [14.35/0.3 1.68 12.98 24.69/-0.6]
Daniela Crespo (ARG) 2927 [15.69/0.3 1.71 9.44 25.81/-0.6]