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Barquisimeto, VenezuelaShot Putters Germán Lauro and Geisa Arcanjo provided the best results of the second day of competition (9 June) of the XV edition of the "Campeonato Iberoamericano" that’s taking place in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Argentina’s Lauro obtained the victory with 20.13m, while Brazil’s Arcanjo set a personal best of 18.84m to reach the title.
Lauro, a finalist at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, became the first Argentinean to win the Shot title at the event. This was Lauro’s second victory in Barquisimeto after taking the Discus title on 8 June.
"My legs were a bit tired after yesterday’s effort. Now, I I’ll start the final preparation for London. We’ll travel to León (Spain) on 25 June, and will remain in Europe until the end of the season," explained Lauro, Argentina’s record holder and a three-time South American Champion at Shot Put.
The twenty year-old Arcanjo impressed in the women’s Shot Put competition, marking a huge personal improvement from 17.96m to 18.84m.
"I was almost certain that I would throw over 18 metres. I did that three times (18.84m, 18.62m and 18.31m), obtaining twice the Olympic Standard. I’m very happy. Now, my next goal is to reach the Olympic final," said the young Brazilian who is coached by Cuban Justo Navarro. Chilean Natalia Ducó, the 2006 World Junior Championship was second with a season’s best of 18.46m.
Once again Brazil is dominating the medal table with a total of 33, seven of those gold. One of their notable victories came in the women’s 200m race. Evelyn dos Santos won in 22.99, setting a personal best after being second in the 100m. The men’s 200m went to Alex Quiñónez, from Ecuador, who set a national record of 20.34.
Argentinean youngster Braian Toledo, one of South America’s best hopes for the upcoming IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, won the Javelin title with 77.33m. Argentina had only won the event at the inaugural edition of the championships in 1983, when Ramón Garmendia triumphed.
Cuban athletes also had a positive day, obtaining four victories on day 2. They came through Andy González in the 800m, Ignacio Morales at the 110m Hurdles, Yoandri Betanzos at Triple Jump and Roberto Janet at Hammer Throw.
The event will conclude on Sunday 10 June.
Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF
XV Campeonato Iberoamericano Barquisimeto
Results – Day 2 (9 June 2012)
Men 200m (-0.9) 1 Alex Quiñónez ECU 20.34 NR 2 Aldemir dos Santos BRA 20.57 3 Sandro Viana BRA 20.69
800m 1 Andy González CUB 1:46.93 2 Fabiano Peçanha BRA 1:47.15 3 Tayron Reyes DOM 1:48.03
5000m 1 Marvin Blanco VEN 14:19.89 2 Javier Carriqueo ARG 14:22.12 3 Alberto Vega MEX 14:23.36