Athletics at the 1978 Southern Cross Games

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Athletics at the I Southern Cross Games
Hernando Siles Stadium - La Paz.jpg
Hernando Siles Stadium, the national stadium of Bolivia located in the Miraflores borough of La Paz
Host city La Paz, Bolivia Bolivia
Date(s) November
Main stadium Estadio Olímpico Hernando Siles
Level Senior
Participation 7 nations
Events 35 (22 men, 13 women)


Athletics events at the 1978 Southern Cross Games were held at the Estadio Olímpico Hernando Siles in La Paz, Bolivia in November.[1] The stadium was one of the first in South America equipped with a synthetic track. A total of 35 events were contested, 22 by men and 13 by women.

Best performances were by Luis Schneider from Chile winning four gold medals (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay),[2] by native Johnny Pérez from Bolivia winning three gold medals (1500 m, 5000 m, and 3000 m steeplechase), by Ivonne Neddermann from Argentina winning two gold (long jump, 4×100 m relay), two silver (100 m hurdles, pentathlon) and one bronze medal (shot put), and finally by Nancy Vallecilla from Ecuador winning two gold (100 m hurdles, pentathlon), one silver (400 m), and one bronze medal (long jump). She was awarded the unofficial title of "Queen of the Games" (Spanish: Reina de los Juegos).[3]

Medal summary[edit]

Medal winners were published in a book written by Argentinian journalist Ernesto Rodríguez III with support of the Argentine Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Argentino) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (Spanish: Ministerio de Educación de la Nación) in collaboration with the Office of Sports (Spanish: Secretaría de Deporte de la Nación).[3] Eduardo Biscayart supplied the list of winners and their results.[4] All results are marked as "affected by altitude" (A), because the stadium in La Paz is situated 3,650 metres above sea level.

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Luis Schneider
 Chile
10.70 A José Luis Elías
 Peru
Gustavo Dubarbier
 Argentina
200 metres Luis Schneider
 Chile
21.4 A Ricardo Donda
 Argentina
José Luis Elías
 Peru
400 metres Patricio Valenzuela
 Chile
48.31 A Felipe Mascaró
 Chile
Roberto Prado
 Bolivia
800 metres Omar Andematen
 Argentina
1:56.68 A Alvaro Cortez
 Argentina
Felipe Mascaro
 Chile
1500 metres Johnny Pérez
 Bolivia
4:11.56 A Pedro Foronda
 Bolivia
Abel Godoy
 Uruguay
5000 metres Johnny Pérez
 Bolivia
15:54.33 A Luis Tipán
 Ecuador
Lucio Guachalla
 Bolivia
10,000 metres Luis Tipán
 Ecuador
33:28.14 A Lucio Guachalla
 Bolivia
Rufino Chávez
 Bolivia
4×100 metres relay  Chile 40.35 A Jorge Ullanque
José Torrico
Roberto Prado
Ernesto Roca
 Bolivia
Daniel Díaz Antuña
Ricardo Donda
Carlos Gagliano
Eduardo Labalta
 Argentina
4×400 metres relay  Chile 3:18.48 A Daniel Díaz Antuña
Guillermo Gago
Carlos Gagliano
Rodolfo Iturraspe
 Argentina
Roberto Prado
Edgar Aguayo
Freddy Bustamante
Freddy Torrico
 Bolivia
110 m hurdles Alfredo Piza
 Chile
14.64 A Rodolfo Iturraspe
 Argentina
Francisco Fuentes
 Chile
400 m hurdles Alfredo Piza
 Chile
53.26 A Rodolfo Iturraspe
 Argentina
Guillermo Gago
 Argentina
3000 m steeplechase Johnny Pérez
 Bolivia
9:53.08 A Luis Tipán
 Ecuador
Norberto Limonta
 Argentina
20 kilometres walk Oswaldo Morejón
 Bolivia
1:56:13 A Esteban Quelale
 Bolivia
Víctor Sánchez
 Paraguay
Long jump Francisco Pichot
 Chile
7.47 A Alex Kapch
 Chile
Ronald Raborg
 Peru
Triple jump Francisco Pichot
 Chile
16.27 A Carlos Gagliano
 Argentina
Oscar Aguirre
 Bolivia
High jump Daniel Mamet
 Argentina
2.18 A Luis Arbulú
 Peru
Víctor Migliaro
 Chile
Pole vault Roberto Steinmetz
 Argentina
4.60 A Alejandro Jadresic
 Chile
Andrés Vicuña
 Chile
Shot put José Alberto Vallejo
 Argentina
14.46 A Héctor Rivero
 Argentina
Miro Ronac
 Peru
Discus throw Héctor Rivero
 Argentina
47.10 A José Alberto Vallejo
 Argentina
Eduardo Vieira
 Chile
Hammer throw José Alberto Vallejo
 Argentina
63.90 A Daniel Gómez
 Argentina
Miro Ronac
 Peru
Javelin throw Angel Garmendia
 Argentina
70.70 A Miro Ronac
 Peru
Decathlon Roberto Steinmetz
 Argentina
6624 A Alejandro Silva
 Chile

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Beatriz Allocco
 Argentina
11.73 A Carmela Bolívar
 Peru
Isabel Alemán
 Bolivia
200 metres Beatriz Allocco
 Argentina
22.94 A Carmela Bolívar
 Peru
Isabel Alemán
 Bolivia
400 metres Alejandra Ramos
 Chile
56.68 A Nancy Vallecilla
 Ecuador
Blanca Ibáñez
 Bolivia
800 metres Ana María Nielsen
 Argentina
2:15.85 A Mery Rojas
 Bolivia
Laura Méndez
 Ecuador
1500 metres Ana María Nielsen
 Argentina
Laura Méndez
 Ecuador
Trinidad Guerra
 Chile
4×100 metres relay Ivonne Neddermann
Emilia Dyrzka
Araceli Bruschini
Beatriz Allocco
 Argentina
46.06 A CarIa Guissini
Blanca Ibáñez
Martha Novillo
Isabel Alemán
 Bolivia
100 m hurdles Nancy Vallecilla
 Ecuador
13.80 A Ivonne Neddermann
 Argentina
Emilia Dyrzka
 Argentina
Long jump Ivonne Neddermann
 Argentina
6.05 A Ximena Mesa
 Chile
Nancy Vallecilla
 Ecuador
High jump Elizabeth Huber
 Chile
1.75 A Laura Ragas
 Argentina
Ximena Mesa
 Chile
Shot put Patricia Weber
 Argentina
12.91 A Lorena Prado
 Chile
Ivonne Neddermann
 Argentina
Discus throw Lucy Ascune
 Uruguay
39.72 A Lorena Prado
 Chile
Elizabeth Garnica
 Bolivia
Javelin throw Ana María Campillay
 Argentina
46.72 A Elizabeth Guernica
 Bolivia
Elizabeth Huber
 Chile
Pentathlon Nancy Vallecilla
 Ecuador
3798 A Ivonne Neddermann
 Argentina
Ariana Salas
 Chile

Medal table (unofficial)[edit]

  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Argentina 16 12 6 34
2  Chile 11 7 9 27
3  Bolivia 4 7 9 20
4  Ecuador 3 4 2 9
5  Uruguay 1 0 1 2
6  Peru 0 5 4 9
7  Paraguay 0 0 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ LA PAZ 78, BOLÍVIA, I JUEGOS SUDAMERICANOS, Fecha de apertura: 3 de noviembre de 1978, Fecha de clausura: 12 de noviembre de 1978 (in Spanish), ODESUR, retrieved June 2, 2012 
  2. ^ Guzmán M., María Elena, Chile en los Juegos Suramericanos (Odesur) (PDF) (in Spanish), Associatión Deportistas Olímpicos, retrieved June 8, 2012 [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Rodríguez III, Ernesto (2010), LIBROS DEL CICLO OLÍMPICO ARGENTINO - Libro I de los Juegos Odesur 1978-2010 (in Spanish) (1a. ed.), Buenos Aires: Alarco Ediciones, p. 192, ISBN 978-987-1367-18-4, retrieved June 3, 2012 
  4. ^ SOUTH AMERICAN (ODESUR) GAMES, Athletics Weekly, retrieved June 3, 2012