Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Unforgettable day for Colombia and Costa Rica in athletics

With very little compared with the powers, Colombia and Costa Rica on Wednesday embedded in letters of gold in athletics Pan American Games, a day in which Brazil won three races and went to Cuba at the top of the medals. Thanks to two women, Maria Padilla and Princess Yenifer Oliveros, Colombia won two gold medals in athletics in a day for the first time in Pan American history. In one day, the coffee country achieved one third of the gold medals he has in the history of the sport. Padilla was the queen of the 400 meters and Oliveros in the 400 hurdles. Nery Brenes was the protagonist of the feat by winning policy not just the first medal in these Pan Costa Rica, but also the first in the history of his country's athletics in this fair. Brenes won the 400 meters. Having completed the fourth day of athletics, Cuba has a total of 11 medals including six gold, three silver and two bronze. Followed by Brazil (5-2-3), United States (2-4-2), Mexico (2-2-1), Guatemala (2-1-0) and Colombia (2-1-6). They also have a gold Canada, Venezuela, Jamaica and Costa Rica.

Colombia is intermingled with Padilla and Oliveros up to win the fifth and sixth gold medals in athletics since Jaime Aparicio Pan won the 400 meter hurdles in the first edition of the Games in Buenos Aires 1951. The other golden coffee Alvaro Mejia were in the 10,000 meters in Cali 1971, in the 5,000 Tibaduiza Sunday in Mexico City in 1975 and Hector Moreno progress 20 kilometers in Havana 1991. "I never expected this gold medal, but I think I got the strength I had in the final meters, "said Padilla, 21, and student of psychology in Medellin. "I just dreamed of the medal, but knew it was not easy," said the Colombian, who completed his round with a time of 51.53 seconds to beat the Cuban Daysiurami Bonne, whose record was 51.69. His compatriot Oliver climbed the throne to cross the finish line 56 seconds and 26 hundredths, in a final so fast that the first three placed their best marks of his life: the Ecuadorian Luci Jaramillo (silver) came with a time of 56.95 and Dominican Yolanda Osana (bronze), with 57.08.

The policy happiness came from the legs of Brenes, who bagged the gold in 44.65 seconds to time by six hundredths overcome the Dominican Luguelín Santos, who won the silver. "I hurt all over, but that is normal for me," Brenes said after the race in which Ramon Miller, of the Bahamas took bronze with 45.01. "I think today I graduated as a corridor for the 400, was an intense race but I had my prize." Brenes was the first gold medal of the Ticos in the Pan American athletics history and the fifth of the country in any discipline at the Games . The previous four were of the swimmer Sylvia Poll, who bagged three in Indianapolis in 1987 and Havana 1991. "I knew that story, but it's beautiful," Brenes said when asked about it. Brazil won three victories: Maureen Maggi in the long jump; Lucimara Da Silva in the heptathlon, and Leandro Oliveira in the 1,500 meters after a controversial trial in which his bodyguard was the Ecuadorian Byron Stone. Oliveira stopped the clock at 3:53.44 to overcome by a hundredth of second to Stone, who despite catching silver was heartbroken. The bronze was the Venezuelan Eduar Villanueva, with a time of 3:54.06. "I feel very bad. Know (gold) was in my hands and then for no time, get to know me as a second" lamented Stone . "I feel like a big void, we should need to claim." Lesyani Mayor gave Cuba its sixth gold medal in athletics at the crown in the high jump final after a tie with Venezuela Marielis Rojas, who was satisfied with the medal of silver. Mexican Maria Rifka won the bronze. Although not a final, Felix Sanchez was presented in preliminary and was one of the stars of the day.

The Dominican Republic is ranked the seventh best time for Thursday's final. "I ran as smooth as possible, without pressure, "said Sanchez, double world champion, Olympic champion in Athens 2004 and also a gold medal in Santo Domingo in 2003 when she joined the Pan American record with a time of 48.19. "SuperSánchez" was second in his heat with 50.22 seconds, behind Mahauad Sugumati Brazil with 50.20. Americans Reuben Lee Moore and McCoy were the two best times to one of the nine covered by the program late Thursday.


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