Pernia sets women's 400 hurdles record

Originally Published: August 7, 2004
Associated Press

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.

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