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Athletics - 03. June 2009.

Day wins at Americas Combined Events Cup in Cuba


2008 Team USA Olympic women's high jumper Sharon Day posted a landmark personal best performance in winning the heptathlon over the weekend at the inaugural America's Combined Events Cup at the National Stadium in Havana, Cuba.


The America's Combined Events Cup brings together athletes from Member Federations in Consudatle (South America) and NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean), in a competition designed to promote combined events in the region. The event was held under the supervision of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Track and Field Association (NACAC) and the Cuban Track and Field Federation (FCA). A total of 18 men and 16 women from eight countries competed in the event.


Still a novice on the national stage in the heptathlon, Day, who won the Big West Conference heptathlon title last year with a then personal best score of 5,642 points, broke through the 6,000-point barrier for the first time in her career with her winning total of 6,063 points. Her performance is the best this year by an American.


Cuban Yariadmis Arguelles finished as the runner-up with 5,982 points, with Day's American teammate and 2005 NCAA champion Lela Nelson third with 5,817 points, and 2008 Olympic Trials seventh-place finisher Ashley Wilhelm finishing sixth with 5,153 points.   


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