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Pernia sets women's 400 hurdles record

8/8/2004

HUELVA, Spain -- Heading into the finale of the three-day
Iberoamerican Games, Spain leads with 11 gold medals, followed by
Cuba with nine.

Spain's Daimy Pernia set a championship record Saturday in the
women's 400 hurdles at 54.84.

"I'm very proud to have won here in Huelva," Pernia said.
"And especially with a championship record, which gives me great
hope going to Athens. There, I hope to be among the medalists."

Compatriot Ivan Rodriguez won gold and a berth in Athens in the
men's 400 hurdles. Cesar Perez took the top prize in the 3,000
steeplechase.

Juan Ignacio Cerra of Argentina won the hammer with a
73.34-meter launch in his second attempt.

Cristian Berdeja finished first in the 20-kilometer walk for
Mexico in 1:24:30.

Portuguese veteran Fernanda Ribeiro had little trouble winning
the 5,000 meters in 15:27.53.

The meet of 27 Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking nations, held at
the new Iberoamerican Athletics Stadium, is a final preparation
before the Athens Olympics.