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Strong jump performances highlight the Iberoamerican Champs

Ponce, Puerto RicoBrazil dominated the 12th Iberoamerican Championships at the Francisco “Paquito” Montaner stadium in Ponce, Puerto Rico over the weekend, where Pole Vaulters Fabiana Murer of Brazil and German Chiaraviglio of Argentina produced the most notable performances.

Panama’s Irving Saladino, the only World Championships senior medallist present in Ponce, also confirmed his good form with a 8.42 metre leap to win the Long Jump.

Murer, Chiaraviglio continue to climb in Pole Vault

Murer, who had taken the South American record to 4.55 in Belem, a week ago, added a centimetre to her regional standard (4.56) to smash one of the three Championships records that fell during the weekend.

Chile’s Carolina Torres, Brazil’s Joana Ribeiro da Costa and Spain’s Maria del Mar Sanchez shared the silver with 4.10.

Chiaraviglio, the 2003 World Youth Champion, improved his personal best to 5.70 meters to take the Pole Vault title, in a close contest with Brazil’s Fabio Gomes da Silva, second with a PB of 5.65.

The 19-year-old from Argentina is one of the top Latin American bets for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, 15-20 August.

With 8.42 win, Saladino continues early season hot streak

After producing the three longest jumps of the season in Brazil (8.56 and 8.47 twice), Panama’s World Indoor Championships silver medallist Irving Saladino landed at over 8.40 in his two valid leaps (8.42 in the first round and 8.41 in the third) to take his first international title.

“It is not my best mark, but I had good attempts. I have lots of meetings coming up and I still have some pain in a leg so I don’t want to push myself too much,” said the 23-year-old.

Dominican Republic’s Carlos Rafael Jorge (7.84) and Puerto Rico’s Allen Simms (7.67) were second and third, respectively.
Saladino´s next stop will be the opening leg of the IAAF Golden League in Oslo, on 2 June.

On a short stopover in Panama, from Brazil to Puerto Rico, he was awarded a Sports Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, as agreed by Panamanian president Martín Torrijos.

The third record of the competition fell in the 100m Hurdles, when Maila de Paula Machado stopped the clock in 13.02 seconds.
Only five athletes defended their titles successfully: Brazil’s Vicente Lenilson de Lima in the 100m, Mexico’s Juan Pedro Toledo in the 200m, Portugal’s Jessica Augusto and Brazil’s Hudson de Souza in the 3000m, as well as Argentina’s Juan I. Cerra in the Hammer Throw.

Another Brazilian, 2003 Paris World Championships finalist Elisãngela M Adriano, was the only athlete to claim two individual gold medals, taking the Shot Put and Discus titles.     

Maila de Paula Machado and Franciela Das Graças Krasucki added the relay gold to their individual sprint crowns.

Successful debut event for new stadium

Over 20,000 people attended the Paquito Montaner stadium during the three day event, inaugurated on Thursday with the attendance of IAAF President Lamine Diack, NACAC and IAAF Vice-president Amadeo Francis and CACAC chairman Victor Lopez.

With 50 athletes, Brazil emerged as the undisputed champion, claiming nearly a third of all the medals contested (35), including 17 gold.

Brazil had previously won in Manaus 1990, Mar del Plata 1994, Rio de Janeiro 2000 and Guatemala City 2002. Spain, with a minor team, was a distant second with 23 medals (6-10-7), ahead of Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Argentina.

The host country had a very successful weekend, with Javier Culson, Alexander Greaux and Amarilys Almestica reaching the top of the podium.

Almestica bettered her national Hammer record by half a meter, to 66.21, while the 4x100m female team ran a national standard of 44.50 to clinch the silver medal, only a hundredth of a second behind Brazil.

Cuba, winner of the highest number of medals in the history of the event, was the main absentee, as well as four other members of the Iberoamerican Athletics Association: Ecuatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Santo Tomé.

The Iberoamerican Championships, staged for the first time in Barcelona, Spain, in 1983 and held every two years since 1986, will be held in Iquique, Chile, in 2008, and in San Fernando, Spain, in 2010.

The 2006 Iberoamerican Champions:

100m Vicente Lenilson de Lima BRA 10.22 (0.3)
200m Juan P Toledo MEX 20.74  (1.8)
400m Andres Silva URU 45.35
800m Osmar Barbosa Dos Santos BRA 1:46.22
1500m Diego Ruiz ESP 3:46.99
3000m Hudson Santos De Souza BRA 8:08.62
5000m Marilson Dos Santos BRA 13:42.88
3000m ST Alexander Greaux PUR 8:35.89
110m H Anselmo Gomes Da Silva BRA 13.51  (1.2)
400m H Javier Culson PUR 49.71
HJ Jessé de Lima BRA 2.24
PV German Chiaraviglio ARG 5.70 CR, NR
LJ Irving Saladino PAN 8.42
TJ Jefferson Dias Sabino BRA 16.81 (-0.4)
SP: Yoger Medina VEN 18.79
DT Jorge Balliengo ARG 59.62
HT Juan I Cerra ARG 69.38
JT Julio C. De Oliveira BRA 78.91
Dec Oscar Gonzalez  ESP 7498
4x100m Dominican Republic 39.65
(Irving Guerrero, Yoel Baez, Juan L Sainfleur, Carlos Garcia)                 
4x400m Dominican Republic 3:06.11          
(Pedro Mejia, Juan Betances, Yoel Tapia, Arismendy Peguero)             
20.000m W Rolando Saquipay  ECU 1:28:48.36         

100m Franciela Das Graças Krasucki  BRA 11.61 (-1.1)
200m Felipa Palacios COL 23.03   (0.7)
400m Norma González COL 52.87
800m Rosibel García   COL 2:01.62
1500m Isabel Macias  ESP 4:21.65
3000m Jessica Augusto POR 9:06.74
5000m Bertha Sánchez   COL 16:10.32
3000m ST Zenaide Vieira  BRA 9:55.95
100m H Maila de Paula Machado BRA 13.02 (-0.2) CR
400m H Laia Forcadell ESP 57.26
HJ Marta Mendía ESP 1.84
PV Fabiana De Almeida Murer  BRA 4.56 CR AR
LJ Keila Da Silva Costa BRA 6.54 (0.0)
TJ Patricia Sarrapio ESP 13.82 (0.9)
SP Elisãngela M. Adriano BRA 16.20
DT Elisãngela M. Adriano  BRA 58.67
HT Amarilys Alméstica  PUR 66.21    
JT Alessandra N Resende  BRA 55.12  
Hep Juana Castillo 5860 (14.10-1.66-13.09-25.07/5.92-43.64-2:13.46)
4x100m Brazil  44.49
(Maila de Paula Machado, Franciela Das Graças Krasucki, Thatiana R Ignacio, Luciana A Dos Santos)
4x400m México 3:33.56
(Ruth Grajeda, Gabriela E Medina, Mayra González, Nallely Vela)
10.000m W Ana Cabecinha  POR 45:45.03
NR- National Record
CR- Championships Record
AR- Area Record

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF