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1996 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics

The 1996 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics (Spanish: VII Campeonato Iberoamericano de Atletismo) was the seventh edition of the international athletics competition between Ibero-American nations which was held at the Estadio Alfonso Galvis Duque in Medellín, Colombia from 9–12 May.[1]

VII Ibero-American Championships
Official logo
Host cityMedellín, Colombia
Date(s)9 – 12 May
Main stadiumEstadio Alfonso Galvis Duque
Participation339 athletes from
19 nations
Records set11 championship records

The competition was held at an altitude of 1480 metres above sea level, which served to raise performances in most athletic events, bar the long-distance running contests. Eleven championships records were improved during the three-day competition which comprised 42 events; there were 22 men's events and 20 women's events (with equal programmes bar the men's steeplechase and pole vault). Two national records were broken at the event: Costa Rica's Alex Foster beat the 110 metres hurdles record, while decathlon runner-up Alejandro Cárdenas set a Mexican record of 7614 points.[2]

The host stadium shown in 2010.

Cuba sent a full strength delegation and won almost half the events, taking twenty golds and 41 medals overall. Cuban gold medallists included high jumper Javier Sotomayor, 800 metres runners Ana Fidelia Quirot and Norberto Téllez, and hurdler Anier García. Boosted by the absence of Spain, Brazil came second in the medal tally, winning 31 medals in total – eight of which were gold. The hosts Colombia performed well in the long-distance events and women's sprints and ended the competition third overall with six golds in their haul of twenty medals.[3]

Chile's Sebastián Keitel was one of the foremost athletes at the event as he claimed a 100/200 metres double against Brazilian and Cuban opposition. His compatriot Gert Weil won the fifth Ibero-American gold medal in the shot put. María Eugenia Villamizar of Colombia won her second straight hammer throw title in a championship record. Her team mate Felipa Palacios broke the women's 200 m record with her winning time of 22.93 seconds.[3]

The other record breakers were principally Cuban: Yamilé Aldama improved the triple jump mark, Alberto Manzano set a new pole vault standard, while throwers Alberto Sánchez and Isbel Luaces beat the previous records in the hammer and javelin throw, respectively. The closest contest of the competition was the women's 400 metres as Julia Duporty edged Ximena Restrepo by three hundredths of a second. Restrepo later took the Colombian women to the gold in the 4×400 metres relay, while Duporty's Cuban team were disqualified.[3]


Medal summaryEdit

For full event details see 1996 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics – Results


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres   Sebastián Keitel (CHI) 10.13   Arnaldo da Silva (BRA) 10.17   Marcelo Brivilatti (BRA) 10.37
200 metres
(Wind: −2.7 m/s)
  Sebastián Keitel (CHI) 20.53   Marcelo Brivilatti (BRA) 20.71   Misael Ortíz (CUB) 21.15
400 metres   Sanderlei Parrela (BRA) 45.57   Inaldo Sena (BRA) 45.88   Jorge Crusellas (CUB) 46.25
800 metres   Norberto Téllez (CUB) 1:45.83 CR   Flavio Godoy (BRA) 1:47.11   Mark Olivo (VEN) 1:47.67
1500 metres   Edgar de Oliveira (BRA) 3:43.00   José Valente (BRA) 3:43.81   Gilberto Merchant (MEX) 3:44.11
5000 metres   William Roldán (COL) 14:16.20   Herder Vásquez (COL) 14:18.88   Gerardo Morales (MEX) 14:19.87
10,000 metres   Herder Vásquez (COL) 30:08.35   Jacinto López (COL) 30:09.76   Gerardo Morales (MEX) 30:13.28
110 metres hurdles   Anier García (CUB) 13.39 CR   Pedro Chiamulera (BRA) 13.58   Alexis Sánchez (CUB) 13.89
400 metres hurdles   Alexis Sánchez (CUB) 49.22   Carlos Silva (POR) 49.33   Domingo Cordero (PUR) 49.64
3000 metres steeplechase   Clodoaldo do Carmo (BRA) 8:47.18   Héctor Arias (MEX) 8:54.64   Eduardo do Nascimento (BRA) 8:57.46
4×100 metres relay   Mexico (MEX)
Carlos Villaseñor
Alejandro Cárdenas
Raymundo Escalante
Miguel Miranda
39.60   Puerto Rico (PUR)
Carlos Santos
Agner Muñoz
Rosendo Rivera
Domingo Cordero
39.93   Argentina (ARG)
Jorge Polanco
Guillermo Cacián
Ceferino Mondino
Carlos Gats
4×400 metres relay   Cuba (CUB)
Omar Meña
Jorge Crusellas
Georkis Vera
Norberto Téllez
3:03.98   Brazil (BRA)
Valdinei da Silva
Sanderlei Parrela
Osmar dos Santos
Inaldo Sena
3:04.28   Colombia (COL)
Julio César Rojas
Llimi Rivas
Wenceslao Ferrín
Wilson Cañizales
20 km track walk   Jorge Segura (MEX) 1:25:25.21   Germán Sánchez (MEX) 1:26:30   Héctor Moreno (COL) 1:26:54
High jump   Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.30 m   Gilmar Mayo (COL) 2.23 m   Marcos dos Santos (BRA)
  Julio Luciano (DOM)
2.10 m
Pole vault   Alberto Manzano (CUB) 5.55 m CR   Edgar Díaz (PUR) 5.50 m   Miguel Saldarriaga (COL) 5.00 m
Long jump   Nelson Ferreira (BRA) 8.41 m (w)   Jaime Jefferson (CUB) 8.28 m (w)   Carlos Calado (POR) 8.06 m
Triple jump   Messias José Baptista (BRA) 16.99 m CR   Carlos Calado (POR) 16.82 m   Osiris Mora (CUB) 16.45 m
Shot put   Gert Weil (CHI) 19.67 m   Yojer Medina (VEN) 18.10 m   Édson Miguel (BRA) 17.21 m
Discus throw   Frank Bicet (CUB) 58.12 m   João dos Santos (BRA) 55.32 m   Marcelo Pugliese (ARG) 54.32 m
Hammer throw   Alberto Sánchez (CUB) 73.62 m CR   Yosvany Suárez (CUB) 70.54 m   Vítor Costa (POR) 69.84 m
Javelin throw   Isbel Luaces (CUB) 78.74 m CR   Rodrigo Zelaya (CHI) 74.22 m   Edgar Baumann (PAR) 73.94 m
Decathlon   Yonelvis Águila (CUB) 7705 pts   Alejandro Cárdenas (MEX) 7614 pts   William Gallardo (CUB) 7544 pts


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres   Cleide Amaral (BRA) 11.48   Zandra Borrero (COL) 11.50   Idalia Hechevarría (CUB) 11.54
200 metres   Felipa Palacios (COL) 22.93 CR   Idalmis Bonne (CUB) 23.07   Surella Morales (CUB) 23.11
400 metres   Julia Duporty (CUB) 50.84   Ximena Restrepo (COL) 50.87   Maria Figueirêdo (BRA) 51.36
800 metres   Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 2:02.50   Mairelín Fuentes (CUB) 2:04.77   Marta Orellana (ARG) 2:04.81
1500 metres   Marta Orellana (ARG) 4:20.99   Yesenia Centeno (CUB) 4:22.30   Célia dos Santos (BRA) 4:25.98
5000 metres   Erika Olivera (CHI) 16:26.13 CR   Stella Castro (COL) 16:35.34   Iglandini González (COL) 16:37.97
10,000 metres   Stella Castro (COL) 34:27.74   Santa Velázquez (MEX) 34:29.95   Erika Olivera (CHI) 34:41.75
100 metres hurdles
(Wind: +3.0 m/s)
  Joyce Meléndez (PUR) 13.41   Damaris Anderson (CUB) 13.54   Katia Brito (CUB) 13.57
400 metres hurdles   Lency Montelier (CUB) 57.84   Odalys Hernández (CUB) 57.96   Flor Robledo (COL) 58.19
4×100 metres relay   Cuba (CUB)
Idalia Hechevarría
Damaris Anderson
Dainelky Pérez
Liliana Allen
44.11 CR   Colombia (COL)
Mirtha Brock
Felipa Palacios
Patricia Rodríguez
Sandra Borrero
44.17   Brazil (BRA)
Cleide Amaral
Maria Figueiredo
Lucimar de Moura
Kátia de Jesus Santos
4×400 metres relay   Colombia (COL)
Patricia Rodríguez
Norfalia Carabalí
Flor Robledo
Ximena Restrepo
3:33.69   Brazil (BRA)
Maria Figueiredo
Fátima dos Santos
Marlene da Silva
Luciana de Paula Mendes
3:34.34   Mexico (MEX)
Ana Guevara
Alejandra Quintanar
Claudia Moctezuma
Mayra González
10 km track walk   Gianetti Bonfim (BRA) 48:15.67   Abigail Sáenz (MEX) 48:38.04   Geovana Irusta (BOL) 48:56.22
High jump   Orlane dos Santos (BRA) 1.86 m   Niurka Lussón (CUB) 1.83 m   Juana Arrendel (DOM)
  Alejandra García (ARG)
1.83 m
Long jump   Lissete Cuza (CUB) 6.57 m   Maurren Maggi (BRA) 6.26 m   Luciana dos Santos (BRA) 6.24 m
Triple jump   Yamilé Aldama (CUB) 14.39 m CR   Magdelín Martínez (CUB) 14.17 m (w)   Maria de Souza (BRA) 13.49 m (w)
Shot put   Herminia Fernández (CUB) 18.05 m   Elisângela Adriano (BRA) 17.90 m   Alexandra Amaro (BRA) 15.60 m
Discus throw   Olga Gómez (CUB) 58.48 m   Elisângela Adriano (BRA) 57.10 m   Marlén Sánchez (CUB) 55.50 m
Hammer throw   María Eugenia Villamizar (COL) 57.76 m CR   Norbi Balantén (CUB) 53.80 m   Amarilis Mesa (CUB) 52.50 m
Javelin throw
(Old javelin model)
  Sonia Bisset (CUB) 64.54 m   Odelmys Palma (CUB) 63.32 m   Zuleima Araméndiz (COL) 56.24 m
Heptathlon   Osiris Pedroso (CUB) 5715 pts (w)   Euzinete dos Reis (BRA) 5495 pts   Zorobabelia Córdoba (COL) 5165 pts

Medal tableEdit

High jump world record holder Javier Sotomayor won one of twenty golds for Cuba.

  *   Host nation (Colombia)

1  Cuba (CUB)20111041
2  Brazil (BRA)8131031
3  Colombia (COL)*67720
4  Chile (CHI)4116
5  Mexico (MEX)25411
6  Puerto Rico (PUR)1214
7  Argentina (ARG)1045
8  Portugal (POR)0224
9  Venezuela (VEN)0112
10  Dominican Republic (DOM)0022
11  Bolivia (BOL)0011
  Paraguay (PAR)0011
Totals (12 nations)424244128
  • Note: The medal count from the 2010 Ibero-American Championships report is incorrect as it did not include the shared high jump bronze medals of the Dominican Republic's Juana Arrendel and Marcos dos Santos of Brazil.[4]


Out of the 23 members of the Asociación Iberoamericana de Atletismo at that point in time, 19 nations sent delegations to the championships. The most notable absences were Spain and Uruguay. Despite the fact that the competition was held in the Americas, Nicaragua and Honduras did not send teams.[5]


  1. ^ Campeonato Iberamericano Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine. CONSUDATLE. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  2. ^ El Atletismo Ibero-Americano - San Fernando 2010. RFEA. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  3. ^ a b c El Atletismo Ibero-Americano - San Fernando 2010 (pg. 142). RFEA. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  4. ^ El Atletismo Ibero-Americano - San Fernando 2010 (pg. 150). RFEA. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  5. ^ El Atletismo Ibero-Americano - San Fernando 2010 (pg. 214). RFEA. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.