The Bolivian city of Sucre, the constitutional capital of the South American country, was the venue of the 16th “Juegos Bolivarianos” (22-26 November), where Ecuadorian Hugo Chila was the best performer of the competition winning gold in the Triple Jump and silver in the Long Jump; he set national records in both events.
A silver medallist at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships at Triple Jump, Chila took the Triple Jump title on 25 November with a National Record and Championship Record of 17.03 (0.3). Chila bettered his old national record of 16.70, set when he finished 20th in the qualification round at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.
His series in Sucre was: 16.50/-0.3, 17.03/0.3, foul, 16.57/1.7, pass, 15.17/2.3. Colombian Jhon Freddy Murillo was second with 16.20/0.5, while 17-year-old Ecuadorian José Adrián Sornoza was third with a PB of 16.03/0.0.
With his mark Chila became the eighth South American to triple-jump over 17m (all other Brazilians), and moved to the seventh place of the all-time South American lists.
Venezuelan Long Jumper Víctor Castillo produced a Championship record of 8.25 (-0.6 m/s wind), aided by the 2750m altitude to win the men’s Long Jump.
After being absent from athletics for three years, due to a two-year doping suspension and injuries, the 28-year-old Castillo recorded the second best jump of his life on 23 November (after the NR of 8.34 Cochabamba, 30 May 2004). The Venezuelan headed a strong field, where Chila was second with a NR of 8.16 (0.0), and Peruvian Jorge McFarlane third with 8.10 (0.0), also a NR.
Castillo had a solid series: 7.65/0.7, 8.25/-0.6, 8.20/-0.2, pass, 8.20/1.3, and pass.
“I came back to training at the end of 2008, and things started to go in a promising way, but I got injured in March, and that set my form back a bit,” said Castillo. “I always knew I would get back to my old shape, and that was sort of confirmed at the Nationals in October, when I was able to jump 7.92, and sprint 10.44 to take the LJ and 100m titles.
“Now, after this result, I’m hoping to continue improving with the help of my coaches and my National Federation. The goals for 2010 are going to be the World Indoor Championships, the Central American and Caribbean Games, and the “Campeonato Iberoamericano,” added Castillo.
Other remarkable performances were obtained by 18 year-old Venezuelan Arturo Ramírez, and Colombian Eli Johana Moreno.
Ramírez (19.4.91), who won the 200m in 20.78 (wind nil) just ahead of Colombian Daniel Grueso (20.79), improved the 19-year-old national junior record of Edgar Chourio (20.84), and positioned himself as one of South America’s main hopes for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.
Moreno took the victory in the Hammer with a Championship record of 69.65, just 15cm short of her own NR set this year in Santa Fe, Argentina (28 March). The 24-year-old Colombian left Venezuelan Rosa Rodríguez in second place (66.98).
The “Juegos Bolivarianos” are a multi sport competition contested by the countries liberated from Spain (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Venezuela) by Venezuelan Simón Bolívar in the nineteenth century. The first edition was held in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1938, and at this edition which took place at the “Estadio Patria”, and where Panama didn’t compete, Colombia topped the athletics medal table with 21 gold, 19 silver, and 4 bronze, ahead of Venezuela (13-18-13).
Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF