Morena extends win streak to 19 consecutive events

Updated: August 8, 2004, 2:04 AM ET
Associated Press

HUELVA, Spain -- Yipsi Moreno of Cuba showed she is in fine form for the Olympics after winning gold in the hammer throw Friday at the Iberoamerican Games.

Moreno, the two-time world champion, hasn't lost in 19 consecutive meets dating back to June of last year. She hurled the hammer 233 feet, 2 inches on her first throw to win it. Berta Castells of Spain took silver (213-1) and Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina (209-1) was third.

"I felt well throughout the whole competition although I didn't feel that motivated," Moreno said. "Now my top objective is to win the gold in Athens, although I don't rule out beating the world record in the specialty."

The three-day meet is being held at the new 6,000-seat Iberoamerican Athletics Stadium. The games have been held every two years since 1983.

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