2004 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics
The 2004 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics (Spanish: XI Campeonato Iberoamericano de Atletismo) was the eleventh edition of the international athletics competition between Ibero-American nations which was held at the Estadio Iberoamericano in Huelva, Spain on 6–8 August 2004. A record high of 27 nations took part while the number of participating athletes (430) was the second highest in the competition's history after the 1992 edition. The programme featured 44 track and field events, 22 each for men and women, and 16 championship records were broken or equalled at the three-day competition.
|XI Ibero-American Championships|
|Host city||Huelva, Spain|
|Date(s)||6 – 8 August|
|Main stadium||Estadio Iberoamericano|
|Participation||443 athletes from |
|Records set||16 Championship records|
The host stadium was built specifically for the championships and it was the first major event to be held there. An opening ceremony was held outside the stadium at La Rábida (the monastery where Christopher Columbus stayed and successfully proposed his voyage to the Indies, which led to the Discovery of the Americas). High participation was attributed to the competition's proximity to the 2004 Summer Olympics, which was held in Athens two weeks later. The legacy of the championships is found in the Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo, an annual track and field meeting which is held at the same stadium.
The host nation, Spain, topped the medal table with 16 gold medals and 38 medals overall. Cuba (typically strong at the meeting) came second with fourteen gold medals and 22 medals overall. Brazil came third, producing six event winners, but had the second highest medal haul with a total of 23 medallists. Spain sent the largest delegation, entering 90 athletes, while Brazil (63), Portugal (51) and Cuba (33) were the next most numerous teams.
A number of medallists went on to have Olympic success. Joan Lino Martínez, winner in the men's long jump, took an Olympic bronze medal. Cuba's female throwers performed well in Athens: Yumileidi Cumbá and Osleidys Menéndez were crowned Olympic champions, while Yipsi Moreno and Yunaika Crawford both reached the podium in the hammer throw. Fernanda Ribeiro, a 1996 Olympic champion, won the women's 5000 metres in Huelva, but retired in the Olympic final due to injuries.
- For full event details see 2004 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics – Results
|100 metres||Virgen Benavides (CUB)||11.33||Digna Luz Murillo (COL)||11.41||Lucimar de Moura (BRA)||11.45|
|200 metres||Roxana Díaz (CUB)||23.73||Felipa Palacios (COL)||23.77||Rosemar Coelho (BRA)||23.83|
|400 metres||Maria Laura Almirao (BRA)||52.13||Mayra González (MEX)||52.22||Geisa Coutinho (BRA)||52.42|
|800 metres||Zulia Calatayud (CUB)||2:01.30||Mayte Martínez (ESP)||2:01.39||Sandra Teixeira (POR)||2:02.44|
|1500 metres||Irene Alfonso (ESP)||4:14.80||Eva Arias (ESP)||4:16.61||Jéssica Augusto (POR)||4:18.14|
|3000 metres||Jéssica Augusto (POR)||9:02.36||Jacqueline Martín (ESP)||9:03.64||Mónica Rosa (POR)||9:08.74|
|5000 metres||Fernanda Ribeiro (POR)||15:27.53 CR||María Luisa Larraga (ESP)||15:32.29||Zulema Fuentes-Pila (ESP)||15:56.80|
|100 m hurdles
(Wind: -2.1 m/s)
|Aliuska López (ESP)||13.25||Maíla Machado (BRA)||13.42||Princesa Oliveros (COL)||13.72|
|400 m hurdles||Daimí Pernía (CUB)||54.84 CR||Lucimar Teodoro (BRA)||56.10||Yvonne Harrison (PUR)||56.10|
|3000 m steeplechase||Anália Rosa (POR)||9:49.06 CR||Clarisse Cruz (POR)||9:55.24||Yamilka González (ESP)||9:56.22|
|4×100 m relay|| Cuba (CUB)
Ana Wilianis López
|43.66 CR|| Colombia (COL)
Digna Luz Murillo
|43.79|| Brazil (BRA)
Kátia Regina Santos
Lucimar de Moura
Rosemar Coelho Neto
Luciana dos Santos
|4×400 m relay|| Brazil (BRA)
Maria Laura Almirao
|3:28.60 CR|| Spain (ESP)
|3:32.00|| Colombia (COL)
|10,000 m track walk||Rocío Florido (ESP)||44:22.00 CR||Ana Cabecinha (POR)||44:33.75||Carolina Jiménez (ESP)||44:43.58|
|High jump||Romary Rifka (MEX)||1.94 m||Marta Mendía (ESP)||1.94 m||Catherine Ibargüen (COL)||1.88 m|
|Pole vault||Naroa Agirre (ESP)||4.30 m CR=||Alejandra García (ARG)||4.30 m CR=||Milena Agudelo (COL)||4.20 m|
|Long jump||Niurka Montalvo (ESP)||6.58 m||Yudelkis Fernández (CUB)||6.45 m||Concepción Montaner (ESP)||6.40 m|
|Triple jump||Yusmay Bicet (CUB)||14.51 m CR||Carlota Castrejana (ESP)||14.35 m||Keila Costa (BRA)||13.80 m|
|Shot put||Yumileidi Cumbá (CUB)||19.97 m CR||Misleydis González (CUB)||18.65 m||Elisângela Adriano (BRA)||17.79 m|
|Discus throw||Yania Ferrales (CUB)||61.11 m||Teresa Machado (POR)||57.81 m||Alice Matejková (ESP)||57.58 m|
|Hammer throw||Yipsi Moreno (CUB)||71.06 m CR||Berta Castells (ESP)||64.96 m||Jennifer Dahlgren (ARG)||63.72 m|
|Javelin throw||Osleidys Menéndez (CUB)||66.99 m CR||Sonia Bicet (CUB)||64.71 m||Zuleima Araméndiz (COL)||56.47 m|
|Heptathlon||María Peinado (ESP)||5795 pts||Thaimara Rivas (VEN)||5529 pts||Carina Gomes (POR)||5165 pts|
|7||Dominican Republic (DOM)||1||0||1||2|
|Puerto Rico (PUR)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (14 nations)||44||44||45||133|
Twenty-seven nations of the Asociación Iberoamericana de Atletismo sent delegations to the 2004 championships, marking a new record. This represented all the organisation's members but for Guinea-Bissau. A total of 430 athletes (443 including out of competition contestants) took part in the competition – the second highest number that it had attracted at that point, after the 1992 edition.
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