The Venezuelan delegation that competed in the XIX Ibero-American Athletics Championship, held on this occasion in Alicante, Spain, finished with two gold medals and one silver, in performances that recall old feats in this discipline.
Joselyn Brea in 5.000 meters and Gerson Izaguirre in Decathlon rose to the top of the podium while José Maita carried the silver medal in the 800-meter dash.
Brea recorded 16:08.33 in the five kilometers to beat Argentina's Fedra Aldana (16:09.96) and Spain's Lucía Rodríguez (16:10:08). For the middle-distance runner and the only lady in the delegation, the performance is more than satisfactory.
Joselyn also competed in the 1.500 meters but without winning a medal, although it helped her to reach full strength on the last day of competition for a longer test.
The decathlon is one of the athletics events that captures interest, so the winner is qualified as the most complete for the competition.
There are 10 competitions that add points. They are 100, 400 and 1500 meter races, 110 meter hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault, discus throw, shot put and javelin throw, though not in that order.
Here, Izaguirre excelled, scoring 7.827 points. The Portuguese Edgar Campré seconded him (7.729) and the Spanish Bruno Comín closed with 7.668.
Izaguirre remembered Héctor Thomas, who also did it in 1962, as part of the "Superdotados" who gave glory to Venezuela sixty years ago.
And Maita scored 1:46.22, behind the winner Álvaro DÁrriba (Spain, 1:45.19 and ahead of the Portuguese José Pinto (1:46.61).