WMA South American Regional Championship

Over 1,500 athletes trekked to the panoramic beauty of the Andes to test their individual mettle at the 19th Campeonato Sudamericano de Atletismo in Santiago, Chile from November 6 to 12.

Participants came from several nations outside of WMA’s South American Region including Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Curazao, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands and United States.

The home country took home about 200 gold and over 550 total, Argentina won over 120 gold and 300 total and Brazil won the third most medals bringing home over 150 with over 75 being gold.

As expected, only six months into his new age group, Takumi Matsushima (M85 – BRA) continued his record-setting ways adding Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, and Javelin. Takumi added over 2 meters to the discus, almost 5 meters to the hammer and 8 meters to the Javelin records.

Daniel De Zuani (M60 – ARG) destroyed the South American Weight Throw record by almost 6 meters and also surpassed the Hammer record. Conceicao Aparecida Geremias (W60 – BRA) showed her penchant for setting records, scoring new South American Records in the High & Triple Jumps and Shot Put.

Sumiko Yamakawa Imoto (W75 – BRA) was the biggest individual winner with seven gold medals in addition to a newly minted South American records in Long Jump and Discus. Daniel Cuenca (M80 – ARG) wasn’t far behind with six individual gold and one silver. Takumi Matsushima (M85 – BRA) and Yolanda Trincado Vera (W85 – CHI) each won 5 golds. Yolanda also set a South American record in Javelin.

Several visitors struck gold as well.

Australian, Ignacio Jimenez Solis (M50) and Mexican, Jose Luis Lopez Camarena (M65) struck double-gold in the 5000m and 10000m Walks.

Over on the field event portion of the competition,The Netherlands’ Odette Doest (W40 – NED) captured the Shot Put and Ronald Odendaal (M75) seized gold in the Triple Jump.

Suwandi Suwandi (M60 – INA) collected a trio of victories, taking the 100m, Long and Triple Jumps and Susanne Lauridsen (W55 – CAN) won the Pentathlon.

Carol Maul De Aldana (W35 – GUA) copped the 100m/200m titles and, Bertha Al Caedo Reyes (W45 – MEX) took the80mH.

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