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Morena extends win streak to 19 consecutive events

8/8/2004

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.