1982 Palarong Pambansa: 30 years on
Article by Pirie Enzo
Thirty Years ago the Palarong Pambansa was held in Zamboanga Del Norte in Dipolog City. This would be the only time Dipolog ever held the Palarong Pambansa, although prior to this and afterwards Zamboanga would hold the games many times.
I have extracted the athletics page results from a complete document of the ’1982 Palarong Pambansa Report’ supplied to me by DECS (Department of Culture and Sports). Unlike other years copies which we will discuss later this copy is in quite good condition. It was done on a typewriter. Back then the Palarong Pambansa served as the default ‘National meet’ in place of the National Open or National Games. Their was no elementary grade just a ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ age category like the National Championships.
Looking through the results as a statistician gives wonderful insight into are athletics past as a primary document. It is clear there are alot of athletes over 20 years old competing in the junior categories.
Salvador Apa (born 1961) the winner of these didn’t progress as far later on which proves you don’t need to be the best at an early age to succeed later on. He did record 10.97 later that year. Esmeraldo Punelas (born 1965) who is 2nd in the Boys 200m (22.8) and (51.6) 400m later went onto run 21.89 in the sea games three years later, while Leopoldo Arnillo (born in 1960) for some reason is competing in the boys grade (23.3) 200m and won 400m (50.9) went onto 48.22s in April of that year (junior record now stripped). Arnillo also won the boys 400 Hurdles in 56.5, three years later in Bangkok Arnillo won the SEA Games title in 52.20. From 1981 to 1985 the Philippines enjoyed a continued streak in the 400m Hurdles Men with Grafilo, Unso, and Arnillo.
Surprisingly my old mentor, who we know as the ‘fat’ gun man from the National Championships Danilo Arpon is recorded here as the National Boys Champion in the 110m Hurdles (16.5). I recall Mr. Arpon telling me he had been a champion Hurdler in his youth.
The versatile Jimmy Dela Torre won the boys 3km, 3000m steeples, 5k. Very interesting as Dela Torre at the age of eighteen the year before had won the SEA Games Marathon. Interesting that someone who beaten the best seniors in the region had stepped back down into the junior division at their own national championships.
For some reason at the age of 21 Fidel Repiso is competing in the boys category, he won the Shotput and Discus (37.22). Repiso nine years later would throw 52.10m in the Mens Discus which is still the Philipine Record.
The Girls 100m tells an interesting story the legendary Elma Muros (12.7) need we say anymore won. Perla Balatucan (12.9) , the mother of current sprinter Pearnel Lobos was second. Perla went onto represent the Philippines at the SEA Games and although not winning an individual medal, made several finals as a teenager and was part of medal winning relay teams. Gina Socal (13.0) is third, Socal was part due to rumors regarding her gender. The late Leah Nolido (13.1), the mother of fil-heritage sprinter Princess Joy Griffey. Nolido went onto represent the Philippines at the ASEAN school games. The same four names in the same order are featured again for the 200m. Muros also won the long jump here.
Baltucan wins the 400m in 59.9, she later went on to record 56.23 3 years later. Nene Gamo later ‘Pellosis’ wins the 100m Hurdles (16.1) and 400m Hurdles. Gamo-Pellosis would later go on to win the SEA Games Heptathlon in 1987 and 1991.
Anselmo De Guzman aka. Butchoy gets second in the 100m here. In the 200m Marlon Pagaliluan a member of the 4x400m SEA Games Gold medal team wins the 200m in (22.0) from enato Unso (22.4) and Grafillo (22.8). Pagaliluan and Grafillo also place 1-2 in the 400m. Unso wins the 110m Hurdles (15.4) from Arnel Lobos (15.5) the other parent of Pearnel Lobos. Unso, Grafillo, Lobos are 1-2-3 in the 400m Hurdles.
Dario De Rosas who would later become a national coach wins the Triple Jump. Manuel De Oro the father of Palarong discus thrower Maika ‘Kahn’ De Oro wins the Javelin and Pole Vault.
As 18-year-old Lydia De Vega steps up into seniors and wins in 11.7 (meet record), another later sea games medalist Elena Ganosa is second in 12.6, Lucila Tolentino and Salve Cambonga are also in this final. De Vega also clocks a 24.0 (meet record) ahead of Ganosa. As well as this wins the 400m in 55.2 (meet record).
Blue highlight indicates athlete overaged
100M 1. Salvador Apa STRAA 11.1, 2.Dari Ponderosa WVRAA 11.2, 3. Rodolfo Alvareda SMRAA 11.4, 4.Efren Valero WMRAA 11.5, 5.Luis Sumagaysay WVIRAA 11.7, 6. Steven Perino NMRAA 11.8
200M 1. Apa 22.7, 2. Esmeraldo Punelas NCRAA 22.8, 3. Leopoldo Arnillo WVIRAA 23.3, 4. Alvareda 23.3, 5. Marvin Limbengoo NCRAA 23.5, 6. Kenneth Punla CLRAA 23.5
400M 1. Arnillo WVIRAA 50.9, 2. Punelas 51.6, 3. Victor Salonga (NCRAA) 52.1, 4. Sumagaysay 52.5, 5. Nestor Ronatay (STRAA) 52.8 , 6. Lucito Nabergas (CLRAA) 52.8
1983 Palarong Pambansa
Article by Pirie Enzo
The 1983 Palaro Pambansa was held in Tacloban, Leyte. This was the first time Eastern Visayas would get the honor of holding the prestigious multi-sport event. Some 26 years later Tacloban would again host the Palaro.
I have extracted the athletics page results from a complete document of the ’1983 Palarong Pambansa Report’ supplied to me by DECS (Department of Culture and Sports). This copy was in reasonable condition, with slight fading. It wasn’t faded though to the point without checking my stats and general knowledge of the time to piece together the names. It was done on a typewriter. Back then the Palarong Pambansa served as the default ‘National meet’ in place of the National Open or National Games. Their was no elementary grade just a ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ age category like the National Championships.
Looking through the results as a statistician gives wonderful insight into are athletics past as a primary document.
22-year-old Marlon Pagalilauan won the 100m (11.2), 200m(23.0) and 400m (52.4) the times were not fabulous. But Marlon did improve a lot later (21.6,200m) and became better known as a 400m runner (48.53,400m) who was part of the legendary 4x400m team that went on to set a still standing record of (3.06.58) at the SEA Games in Bangkok in 1985. Anselmo De Guzman (aka. Coach Butchoy) finished 3rd and 4th in the 100 and 200. Arnel Lobos who later became better known as a national 110m hurdler was 4th in the 400m and 400m Hurdles.
Renato Unso won the 110m Hurdles (15.9), he improved this by more than a second later in his career and later that year won the SEA Games 400m Hurdles. Leopoldo Arnillo won the 400m Hurdles (57.5) Arnillo became SEA Games Champion in this event two years later.
Now national coach Mario Castro won the Steeples (9.58.3). Castro did finish behind in the 5k and 10k. But later held the Mens 10k record for nearly two decades and also win the SEA Games title in 1985.
Dario De Rosas (former national coach) won the Mens Triple (14.10), with veteran Felicissimo Nierras nearing the end of his playing years third (Felicissimo was the father of 400 SEA Games Champ Julius Nierras). Dario also won the Pole Vault (3.70) ahead of Manuel De Oro on countback who had the same number of points.
Manuel De Oro (the father of Maika De Oro) won the Javelin (58.00)
Esmeraldo Punelas this time won the 100m title (11.4), and again denied of a win in the 200m (23.6), with unheralded Jeremias (surname faded) recording the same performance. The Long distance results are too faded to read.
Edward Tejada set a new meet record in the High Jump (1.95) (dob unavailable), however the current Palaro Record is recognized as 1.90m by Paolo Martinez set in 2002 Palaro. Fidel Repiso (born 1959) won the shot-put and discus, Repiso later became the national record holder in Discus.
16-year-old Elma Muros took the senior 100m title Palarong Pambansa title (13.0) in a rare win over 19-year-old Lydia De Vega (13.4). Elma also took 200m title (26.1). Distance and field events are too faded to read. Corazon Magante tied the high jump record with a leap of 1.60m. Delia Orguillas (1982) and Nanette Lusterio (1974) had recorded the same marks.
Gina Sucal who was the bronze medalist the previous year won the 100m title (13.4), Perla Balatucan (mother of Pearnel Lobos), Rhodo Sinoro (later 11.73 100 runner) Leah Nolido (mother of PJ Griffey) finished 2nd-4th. It was the same order in the 200m with Sucal winning in 26.3. Sucal also set a meet record in the 400m in 59.8.
Nene Gamo defended her 100 and 400 Hurdle titles, and added the long jump. Rowena Monton won the 3000m.
Victoria Paglinawan established a new record in the High Jump 1.57m.
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February and March Report
(Jan 27) With January almost over its time to update with another report. Are popular Youtube channel has attracted alot of visits. The month not yet over we are aiming to exceed 15,000 visits, to date we have just under 12,000.
- 821 Views Daily Record
- 3 consecutive weeks with over 3000 visits
- 5 pages/posts with over 1000 visits
- 22 posts pages over 400 visits
We are moving most of our activity now to the Facebook Page. We suggest you visit and click ‘Like’ in order to receive updates as we will no longer be posting them at the Facebook Group anymore.
The group also has a forum were we plan to increase interactivity and will be moving some of the old discussion threads from Pinoyathletics Facebook group to this forum to engage in continual discussions concerning the sport.
The other way you can stay updated is by following @pinoyathletics on Twitter.
By Pirie Enzo
(24th Dec) December has been a very mixed month in terms of views. With the year nearly over a lot of changes and revisions will be made to Pinoyathletics structure which you will find out about shortly. The first half of the month due to the UAAP had alot of site traffic. We were greatly helped by the results being provided as well as videos of events in a timely manner by our contacts on the ground.
We have an anticipated 15,000+ total views predicted for this month which would be good progress however site traffic seems to be slowing right now due to the Christmas break.
- Weekly record from Dec 3-9 of 4465 views (UAAP week)
- Weekly view average record Dec 3-9 of 638 views (UAAP week)
- 506 Monthly views average so far (hopefully doesn’t decline)
- growth of 30.59% viewership during UAAP week
- 2 days with over 700 visits
- four pages/posts now over 1000 visits (Stats, Results, Toe Drag and History of High Jump)
- 33 articles now over 300 visits (up from 16 last month)
By Pirie Enzo
(24th Dec) November overall was slightly better than October. We didn’t have the overall increase as we had expected after October for this month. Still however we had 13,782 views in total beating the previous month by about 190. As this has been written late some of the data to report has gone and some milestones will carry forard to the following month.
- 13,782 site record for (monthly record) views (7th month of production)
- Nov 24 877 views (daily record)
- Highest daily average record 459 views
Call for New Writers
By Pirie Enzo
As I am based in Australia, Airnel Abarra will be arranging meetings with applicant authors, if outside Manila we can arrange a skype meeting.
Writers who are interested in writing articles for us please express intentions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
.Firstly I would like to say when myself and Airnel Abarra founded ‘pinoyathletics’ which later became ‘pinoyathletics.com’ we had intended for this blog later website to become a website not just for the athletic community but also shared by the athletic community in terms of articles and opinions. For the last few months I had been producing the majority of the articles for this site. However this was a time consuming and lengthy process.
We did however gain a lot of contributing authors, quite notably US Coach Adarian Barr, NCAA Athlete Allyson Bodenbach and more recently Run4Change Founder Eric Pasion. While we did get a few offers by guest writers to write articles our niche is Firmly Track and Field news and anything relating to the sport. One of the goals of pinoyathletics.com is to produce quality articles by a variety of different authors.
It is now our mission over the next few months to meet with and recruit new authors for our website. This is a good initiative which I am in full support of as it will add variety to our website and boost the quality content of our articles.
(Oct 28) October was a more productive month for pinoyathletics.com. With October not yet over we have already exceeded are monthly record with over 12,000 views as of today. As stated above we are looking at expanding are content by adding new guest authors to our team. Already as mentioned above we had articles by three guest authors. Airnel is also back in action after defending and completing his thesis.
Some Notable mile stones for October include
- Monthly record views over 12,000 and counting
- Weekly record 3,434 probably exceeded at the end of today
- Three days with over 700 daily visits
- Toe Drag by Adarian Barr first article to receive over 1000 views
- Highest daily average views this week of 535
- 16 articles/pages with over 300 views.
The Site did very well, in what was deemed a very quiet month in terms of Philippines Athletics to improve with about 500 more monthly visits. Pretty much even to the number of visits we had in August. This was good considering August was the month of the Olympic Games. Things are expected to pickup with a lot of major calendar meets starting including the Uni Games Oct 24-27 in Bacolod, around 30 athletes being sent to Thailand Nov 2-5, Weekly Relay Finals and UAAP in early December.
No updated news has been placed on the Philippine Nationals originally scheduled for second week of May then postponed to September and now being held in December. Who knows how this is even going to be feasible with in such close proximity to UAAP and Christmas?
Some notable milestones in September include
- A Record ’790′ views in a day on September 16. ’3142′ views in Week three with an average of 449 daily views.
- A lot of redundant article with low readership have been merged into larger more detailed articles. We continued to add to our legend section with articles on Elma Muros, Josephine de la Vina, and on the late Inocencia Solis, and the late Nanette Lusterio.
- We added articles on Fil-Heritage athletes such as Alyana Nichols and others.
- The result section was greatly updated with more archived results, and we continued with our Athlete of the week with full scaled reports on each round of the Weekly Relays.
- We also added a complete listing of Filipino National Records
- A project with the revision of the UAAP and NCAA records is underway.
- Several articles very helpful articles such as ‘Toe Drag for sprinters’ and ‘shoulder rotation’ where contributed by guest writers.
As you may have all noticed the blog is now registered as a domain. pinoyathletics is now pinoyathletics.com. Don’t fear however as you can still use pinoyathletics.wordpress.com if you have links as this will automatically redirect to pinoyathletics.com.
We had the buildup to the Olympic Games, The Olympic Games themselves, fortunately we had a huge back log of local athletics to fill as well as coverage of the Weekly Relays with are athlete of the week polls. Readers enjoyed reading about Rene Herrera, Marestella Torres, and Nash Nalus this month in local athletics.
Recently we have added a Legends of Track and Field section, currently we have articles on four legends in place. Olympic bronze medalists Simon Toribio and Miguel White too wonderfully written articles by fellow blogger Joboy Quintos (Hurdler49) and two articles I have compiled from various sources on Lydia De Vega Mercado and Mona Sulaiman. Stay tuned as next week we will write a feature on the late sprinter Enrique Bautista a superstar of Philippine Athletics during the 1960s.
As well as that I have also put in are archives sections SEA Games results in full for Athletics from 1977 to 1989 (excluding 1987).
I would like to take the time to thank as of recently Ignacio Dee (who was part of the research team which assisted the previous PATAFA Statistician the late Col. Constantino), Jad Adrian Washif (SEA Statistician) who is sending me photo copies of a very rare book of stats from 1974, and the Gintong Aloy Athletes for inviting me to there group as of recently. Also a special thank you to anyone who has contributed to the blogger and the readers.
I would likely to share with the athletic community another great tale of one of our countries legendary female sprinters. Compiled by Pirie Enzo: but contributed by various sources including Mr Ignacio Dee.
Long before Lydia De Vega Mercado captivated are nation even before she was a born, a barefooted girl from Cotobato would become Asia’s First double gold winner in the sprints. Her name was Mona Coco Sulaiman (sometimes spelt Solaiman). Sulaiman was also the first Filipina to win three golds in a single Asian Games which took place in Jakarta in 1962. Four years earlier Inocencia Solis had won the Philippines first gold medal in the Womens 100m. Sulaiman would surpass and replace Solis as the dominant sprinter of the 1960s.
The first national champion in pentathlon (1963), five-time national champion in shot put, six-time national champion in the 100m and 200m event, and was a discus throw national champion. She competed in the 1960 (Rome) and 1964 (Tokyo) Olympics. Sulaiman was known as a fiery competitor and once reportedly hurled a discus at rowdy onlookers during a local athletic meet.
Discovery and Early Days
Sulaiman was born to Police man Kudelat and Aminan Sulaiman on June 9th, 1942 in a small Barrio in Cotobato the eldest of five children. From the age of seven she represented Cotobato Elementary School. Sulaiman was first spotted by an official of the bureau of publics school at a sports meet in her school in 1957 playing softball she was in the 5th grade then and only 15. This was a turning point and beginning of her athletics career as when the school official returned to the division superintendent’s office in Cotabato, they sent for a local coach who would test out her skills on the athletic track. The three impressed told Officials incredible stories about her speed on the cinder, about this barefoot Muslim Girl. It was the end of softball for Sulaiman. At the National Scholastic meet in Lingayen, Pangasinan a coach from Far Eastern University would recruit. Sulaiman would study a degree in Management. Mona recalls how Professor Ruperto Evangelista contributed a lot towards her coaching. Evangelista was the mastermind behind several gold medals at the asian games during the 1960s.
Three years later at the age of 18 she went to the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Sulaiman made the second round of the 100m and was eliminated in the heats of the 200m. Although Sulaiman failed to land any honors in Rome, she came home, as she describes it, several times richer in experience. From US champion Wilma Rudolph, Sulaiman learned to improve her running techniques and discovered how to put her 58, 130-pound frame to best advantage. She also learned to combine her long strides with breathing and speed techniques. Largely self-taught, she incorporated the techniques into her training regimen. Such diligence earned her a double victory in the 1962 Asian Games in Indonesia and a slot in the country’s team to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
13 August 1961 Malacca Games, The womens sprint was Mona Sulaiman’s all the way.A powerful runner, she was well in the lead by the half way mark and was clear at the tape.
In the national track and field meet, she proved her prowess at the Rizal Memorial Stadium as she chalked up several national record-breaking feats in her two favorite events: 11.9 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 24.6 seconds in the 100-meter dash. She anchored her team in the 400 x 100-meter relay as well.
100m Asian Games 1962 (30 Aug): 3 Heats (August): 2 semi-finals (August):
No competitors were eliminated in the heats, the purpose of which appears to have been to assist in the seeding of the semi-finals. Despite the fact that all starters in the heats qualified for the semi-finals there were was still some good running, Inokuchi equalled the Games record of 12.5 in the first trial and in the second heat Sulaiman shattered the record with a 11.9 clocking. The third heat went to Yoda in 12.3. The winners of the semi-finals were Sulaiman (12.1) and Yoda (12.2). Sulaiman always had the final well in hand and further improved the Games Record. Solis the defending champion, finished back in fifth place behind Ratnam who set a new National Record (from Handbook of Far East and Asian Games by Ian Buchanon ATFS, 1974).
1. Mona Sulaiman Philippines 11.8
2. Ikoku Yoda Japan 12.3
3. Takuko Inokuchi Japan 12.3
4. Loraine Ratnam Sri Lanka 12.4
5. Inocencia Solis Philippines 12.8
6. Ernawati Indonesia 13.1
To the glory of her country in the international events, she was a winner of two gold medals since she finished the 100-meter race in 11.93 seconds ahead of two Japanese runners. Im not sure how Wikipedia got an electronic time? was electronics even invented back in 1962, i know by 1968 Tokyo Olympics electronics was in use this was the first fully auto system in place at an Olympic Games.
200m Asian Games 1962 (28 Aug): 3 heats (27 Aug): 2 semi-finals (28 aug)
As in the 100 meters the heats served only to assist in the seeding of the semi-finals and no runners were eliminated. Despite, the non-competitive nature of the first round Sulaiman set a new Games record when she won the second heat in 24.7. In the first semi-final Sulaiman improved to 24.4 which equalled the Asian Record set by Sim Keun Den of North Korea in 1960. Okudaira took the second semi-final in 26.1. As expected Sulaiman outclassed the field in the final and the surprise of the race was Dissanyaka who set a Ceylonese record.
1. Mona Sulaiman Philippines 24.5
2. Haruko Yamakazi Japan 25.7
3. Nirmala Nimal Dissanayaka Ceylon 25.8
4. Yoshiko Okudaira Japan 25.8
5. Soertami Indonesia 26.7
6. Lily Tan Malaya 27.1
The 200-meter sprint in 24.63 seconds according to Wikipedia. Again as above im not sure of the electronic timing present? but the semi-final run was faster on hand times for Sulaiman.
She tossed the spheroid 39.11 feet in the shot put (11.97m) winning bronze an unprecedented fourth medal.
Her inclusion in the Tokyo event sent big sponsors such as Philippine Airlines on a race, too. San Miguel Brewery pitched in for Sulaiman’s six-month training at the University of Oregon. She was accompanied by former Shotput Record Holder and coach Soccoro Baldomero Paglinawan who acted as a translator for Sulaiman who spoke little English. Tapped as her official trainers were university track and field coach, Bill Bowerman and Bro. Iking Gonzales. Local shoe brands Elpo and Spartan helped her hurdle Portland’s inclined roads. After less than three weeks of training Sulaiman clocked 10.6 for the 100m Yards just 3/10 off the world record.
She returned to the Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo but failed to live up to her reputation as Asia’s sprint queen, again failing to qualify for the finals of the 100m and 200m events.
Sulaiman would throw the Shotput the following year in Tacloban to 13.60m which stood as the Filipino National Record until it was broken five years later by fil-heritage athlete Josephine de la Vina at a meet in the United States. She would qualify for the 1966 Asian Games when she ran 25.1 secs at the national trials however she refused to take a gender test which barred her from participating at those games.
Sulaiman 100 and 200m National Records stood until the early 70s when they where broken by Amelita Alanes.
Sulaiman career came a cruel end with questions and rumours circulating about her gender
Sulaiman for the record states
I was nursing a bad case of flu at that time and decided to forego the medical check-up because of my health condition. She was surprised that her refusal was blown-up as a gender issue, Sulaiman adds. As I understood it, it became big news back home, shocking thousands of my fans. It might have made a few media careers, she says bitterly, but did they ever care about the deep hurt it had created?
The gender flap nipped in the bud what could have been a glorious sports career and Sulaiman has kept her counsel since then, staying away from interviews and being wary of publicity. Pag gusto ko ang tanong, sasagutin ko, (If I like the question, I’ll answer it), she tells this writer. Her world, she recounts, was turned upside down by the rumor. Not a day passed that people did not ask me about that gender issue.
The wife of a Visayan local official then once came up to me to ask about my true (sexual) identity, and I was so aghast that I dared her to allow her husband to sleep with me overnight.
The sense of intrusion became so overwhelming that Sulaiman felt forebodings of physical harm. She decided to pack a pair of .45 cal. guns on her waist to protect herself. Confused, she started doubting even her athletic prowess. Did people seek her out because she had brought honor to the country, or were they only after her as an object of curiosity? Nothing seemed concrete, she recalls feeling then.
Plagued by self-doubts, Sulaiman eventually lost interest in sports competitions and dropped out of the scene. She took various jobs after college: a checker at the Manila Appliance Center for two years; a staff assistant in Guam for a local film producer, a bit player in 1978. She appeared in 18 movies under Junar Productions, taking second lead roles at the urging of actor-producer Jun Aristorenas and wife, Virginia Soliman.
Among her memorable movies, says Sulaiman, are Sta. Fe, The Panther, Akoy Lupa, and Interpol Malaysia. Another movie project, Asiang La Luma with Nida Blanca and Pepito Rodriguez, fizzled out. There were also offers to do TV commercials and a flight stewardess job for Philippine Airlines, says the former champ, but they didn’t work out.
She tried her hand in small venturesas a supplier of Mindanao goods, manager of three beer gardens in Pasay City, and a proprietor of a mini-grocery. Only the grocery remains in operation.
Shrugs Sulaiman: I easily get fed-up with running a business. I can’t stay long enough to see it grow. Perhaps my heart still hankers for sports, where I truly belong.
To indulge herself, she joins athletic events on her own, bagging a gold each in the shotput and discus throw events at the Asian Veterans Championship Meet in Bangkok, Thailand, last year. Nothing short of what I could call my legacy, she confesses.
Shes also found time to travel, spending her savings to visit pineapple magnate King Parker in Hawaii, another friend in San Francisco, and a colleague in Malaysia. Sulaiman relishes as well her closeness to the Marcoses, who once gifted her with a 30-cc Honda motorcycle.
List of Performances by Mona Coco Sulaiman
196o Olympics Rome 100m: heats – 2h2 12.1ht, 12.40a (National Junior Record) : quarter finals – 6h1 12.4ht, 12.54a
1960 Olympics Rome 200m: heats – 4h4 25.8ht, 25.98a (National Junior Record)
1961 Singapore Open 11.37m (Phi Record)
1962 National Games Rizal Memorial 24.58a (Phi Record)
1962 National Games Rizal Memorial 11.88m (Phi Record)
1962 Asian Games 100m Final: 11.93a Gold (Phi Record)
1962 Asian Games 200m Final: 24.63a Gold
1962 Asian Games 4x100m Final: 48.67 Gold (Phi Record)
1962 Asian Games Shotput: 11.97m Bronze (Phi Record)
1964 Olympic Rome 100m: heats 7h1 12.0w
1964 Olympics Tokyo 200m: heats 4h5 25.4w
1964 Olympic Tokyo 4x100m: heats 7h2 48.8
1965 National Games Tacloban Shotput: 13.60m (Phi Record)
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19640426&id=uwBWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-uIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6661,5343178 (very old news clipping from 1964)
- The Age of the Inocencia – The First Great Filipina Sprint Champion (pinoyathletics.com)
Hong Kong Invitational: Sermona sets Hammer Throw record again!
SEA Games Bronze Medalist Loralie Amahit-Sermona again erased her National Record in the womens Hammer Throw. The jolly 30 year old from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental heaved the Hammer 50.23m to secure a silver medal at the ‘Hong Kong Summer Invitational’ last week (finished behind Kang Na Ru of Korea 57.42). This further improved on the 50.03m throw Amahit had thrown at Dumaguete during the National Games last month. Sermona previous best was 49.79m in the 2007 SEA Games, she won the bronze in the 2011 sea games in 49.69m. The score easily secures Amahit a berth on the 2013 sea games team as she surpassed her bronze record, the silver medal standard criteria is 51.95m.
National Record Holder Loralie Amahit-Sermona in action
photo supplied by Roselyn Hamero & The PATAFA
SEA Games Heptathlon Silver medalist Narcisca Atienza, 1.73m was good enough to win the a gold medal from the team in the Womens High jump, albeit off her best performance and national record of 1.81m. She also followed up with a silver in the shotput and a silver in the javelin. The most bemedalled atheltes in the Philippine contingent during the meet. The other gold was won by sea games silver medalist Rosie Villarito in 48.84m in the womens javelin.
Meanwhile another athlete who has made the bronze medal standard for the sea games. Manuel Lasangue finished fifth in the Mens High Jump in a credible 2.09m. Lasangue who jumped a solo 2.10m at the National Games last month had a prior best of 2.07m dating back to 2010. Lasangue who due to work commitments started to specialise in the high jump after dropping the decathlon has shown consitency in the high jump.
Edgardo Alejan Jr. one of the members of the 4×4 relay squad improved his personal best time to 48.41 in the final behind a Japanese sprinter to take the silver medal in the event. Isidro Del Prado Jr finished 7th in the final in 49.95.
Edgardo Alejan on his way to the silver medal in the 400m, photo courtesy of Roselyn Hamero & The PATAFA
Rounding out the contigent was Olympic bound Rene Herrera who ran 15m01 in the 5k to get the silver medal, (14m51 last national games in bacolod 2011).
Asian All Stars – Almaty, Kazakhstan Event Review and Results
(Jul 5) A team of five athletes, where sent to the mountainous nation of Kazakhstan to compete against some of the best athletes Asia had to offer. Archand Bagsit, Henry Dagmil, Marestella Torres, Mervin Guarte and Junrey Bano represented the Philippines. They were accompanied by National Coach Lerma Buluitan-Gabito.
The best performance during the trip came from Olympic-bound Marestella Torres who equaled her season best of 6.62m (she won the event) which she had jumped in Thailand during the Asian Grand Prix this year. Torres whose best is the 6.71m sea games record last year in Palembang equaled the sea games record became the first Filipino track and field athlete in over a decade to make a standard when her leap exceeded the 6.65m B Qualification criteria. Unfortunately the Asian All Stars did not have a women’s long jump so the feat was achieved at the local Kosanov Competition.
The best in game performance was by Junrey Bano, Bano who went in as the favourite for the 2011 SEA Games but unfortunately finished 4th in the final. Bano finished 4th this time in the 400 Hurdles improving his seasons best to 51.84 (a tad bit faster than the 52.02 he ran at PNG in Dumaguete last month). He also claimed the win over the only other SEA Games athlete in the event Dao Xuan Cuong the reigning SEA Games Champion. Bano was just shy off his best time of 51.75 established in Palembang.
Bagsit registered his 5th sub 48 clocking in the 400m with a time of 47.71 to place 4th in the Men’s 400. He was just outside his personal best time of 47.44 that he ran in the Asian Grand Prix in Thailand.
Guarte finished 6th in the mens 1500m in a seasons best 3:55.85, although over five seconds faster than his performances at the NCAA and PNG. The time was still quite far off the current national & junior national record of 3:47.65 which he established at the last sea games to win the silver.
Guarte in the Mens 1500m
Henry Dagmil leapt 7.51m at the Asian All Stars and 7.58m at the Kosanov Meet
News Articles Clippings
Armstrong’s Tour victories to have no new winner
(Oct 27), Philippine Daily Inquirer
GENEVA – The 1999-2005 Tour de France races will have no winners attributed to them, embattled world cycling officials announced Friday, ordering doping-tainted icon Lance Armstrong to repay his prize money.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) this week effectively erased Armstrong from the cycling history books when it decided not to appeal sanctions imposed on the American by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
A damning report by USADA last week concluded that Armstrong helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of sport.
An UCI management committee on Friday “acknowledged that decisive action was needed in response to the report”.
Armstrong will now lose all of his results from 1998, the year he resumed racing after successfully battling cancer, and a year before the first of his seven consecutive yellow jersey wins from 1999-2005.
(Oct 21), from Sunday Herald Australia newspaper
Lance quits his charity
(Oct 18), from the MX Australia newspaper
LANCE Armstrong resigned as the chairman of his Live-strong charity overnight as three of his biggest sponsors — sportswear giant Nike, bike manufacturer Trek, and the brewers of Budweiser — terminated their contracts with him.
Armstrong distanced himself from the cancer-fighting organization so it could focus on its mission, not the doping scandal.
“To spare the foundation any negative effects a s a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career. I will conclude my chairmanship”
- he said on the Lance Armstrong Foundation‘s website
Just before that appeared, Nike announced it had terminated its contract with him.
“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him.” – the company said in a statement.
“Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in any manner.”
Today, cycling firm Trek, which made the bicycles Armstrong rode to seven Tour de France titles, said in a statement:
“Trek is disappointed by the findings and conclusions in the USADA report regarding Lance Armstrong. Given the determinations of the report. Trek today is terminating our long-term relationship with Lance Armstrong. Trek will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation and its efforts to combat cancer.”
Budweiser brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which used Armstrong to pitch another of its beers, also severed ties, as did energy food marketing firm Honey Stinger, which is removing his image from packaging.
The announcements come a week after the US Anti-Doping Agency released a 1000 page report detailing why it stripped the cyclist of his seven Tour titles.
We Just didn’t do it: Nike
(Oct 16), from the MX Australia newspaper
NIKE raised eyebrows last week for supporting alleged doping cheat Lance Armstrong despite overwhelming evidence but the sportswear company denied it paid $485,000 to cover up a positive drugs test.
The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) report that details why the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles described it as the most sophisticated doping program in sports history.
The USADA’s explosive “reasoned decision” focused on people who have claimed for years Armstrong used banned drugs but were threatened by the champion’s legal team.
Betsy Andreu, wife of Armstrong’s former friend and team mate Frankie Andreu, said: “Lance didn’t do it alone. How else could he pull off the biggest fraud in the history of sport? He had big corporations backing him, the cycling governing body, UCI, defending him, and the media ignoring the evidence”
Nike has a history of publicly supporting embattled athletes, including serial cheater Tiger Woods in 2009 and Lakers star Kobe Bryant when charged with sexual assault in 2003.
But the company “vehemently” denied paying Verburggen to cover up a drug test result.
“Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.” the company said in a statement.
Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles, given lifetime ban from Olympic sports as he drops appeal of doping charges
(Aug 24) Disgraced cyclist will no longer fight charges he led sophisticated doping conspiracy, will not have to hear former teammates testify against him, but now leaves himself vulnerable.
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has ruled on pending cases by banning Armstrong from cycling FOR LIFE. Armstrong said that he is not contesting the decision. The USADA also stripped him of all titles, including the 7 Tour de France titles. Armstrong meekly demurred that perhaps the USADA does not have the power to do so, but the agency asserted forcefully that it has in fact all the powers to do just that.
”There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”
“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since
1999,” he said. “The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”
Armstrong insisted his decision is not an admission of drug use, but a refusal to enter an arbitration process he believes is improper and unfair to athletes facing charges.
“USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles,” he said.
“I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.”
“There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.
“Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities,” Armstrong said.
- Lance Armstrong part of cycling’s ‘most successful doping program,’ USADA says (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- Armstrong Career Drug-Fueled ‘Start to Finish,’ USADA Says (bloomberg.com)
- Excerpts From The Recent USADA Report That Make Lance Armstrong Look Like An Asshole [Lance Armstrong] (deadspin.com)
- How Armstrong bullied whistleblowers (iol.co.za)
- Lance Armstrong stepping down as Livestrong chairman (metronews.ca)
- Nike ending contract with Lance Armstrong over doping allegations (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com)
- Nike Statement on Lance Armstrong (nikeinc.com)
Article By Pirie Enzo
Start Lists by Singapore Athletics courtesy of Coach Roselyn Hamero
Special thankyou for Mr. Eric Pasion Run4Change Inc. for providing me these results via email from mobile phone.
An all male team of mainly Run for Change Inc. sponsored athletes is heading to compete at the 74th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships on August 25 and 26. Run4change is also kindly providing all the uniforms for the entire RP Contingent on this trip. Run4Change Inc. Founder Eric Pasion was selected as Team Manager by PATAFA after successfully winning the overall team championship at the National Games.
National Champion Julius Sermona is by far the fastest entry in the Mens 10k and expected to dominate his event. Sermona has already surpassed the bronze medal performance of the last SEA Games. Sermona is also entered in the 5k which he is certain to easily win, however he has not yet ran the bronze of 14:41.30 as performed by Rene Herrera during the olympic games.
Another athlete who has surpassed the bronze medal performance of last SEA Games is Manuel Lasangue Jr his big improvement to win the PNG in 2.10m, makes him one of the favourites in this event with Japan’s Yuta Funase (2.11m) certain to give him good competition.
Wenlie Maulas the silver medalist in the 800m at the National Games is the fastest entry in the Men’s 800m. While in the 400m Hurdles the top three at the PNG Junrey Bano and run4changes Jesson Ramil Cid and Ian Delos Santos will take on Japan’s Fueki Yasuhiro who has run 49.94. Cid will also start in the 400m and has drawn the same heat as the other Filipino 33-year-old Julius Nierras the 2007 SEA Games Champion. While expected to finish 1-2 in this heat. The second heat has Hideyuki Hirose (46.97) and Satoshi Kanoke (47.38). Meaning its likely one of these two could be in for a medal.
Delos Santos is also entered in the Triple Jump.
Javelin Thrower Kenny Gonzales (r4c) who has a best of 61.25 is up against very strong opponents from India and Chinese Taipei.
74th Singapore Open Track & Field – 25/8/2012 to 26/8/2012 Championships 2012 Bishan Stadium Meet Program – 74th Singapore Open Track & Field C’Ships 2012
Event 106 Men 800 Meter Run Open
Saturday 25/8/2012 – 2:25 PM
CR: 1:47.25 5/9/1998 Crispen Mutakayi, ZIM
NR: 1:49.90 30/4/1983 S Surenda
NJR: 1:52.37 1985 Sinnathambi Pandian
Lane Comp# Name Age Team Seed Time
Section 1 of 1 Timed Finals
1 1107 Wenlie, Maulas 23 Philippine 1:53.60
2 1158 Tran Trung, Tri 27 Vietnam 1:54.00
3 1157 Nguyen Xuan, Truong 26 Vietnam 1:55.00
4 1187 Soh, Hua Qun 21 WAC 1:58.57
5 1001 Azrin, Ali 18 Brunei 2:05.52
6 1135 Sng, Cheng Wei 25 Swift 2:08.00
7 1146 Ananthan, Rooban 17 Unattached 2:11.00
8 1120 Teo, Yang 19 SP 2:12.00
9 1118 Tan, Yi Shuan Marcus 20 Safsa NT
10 1148 Dubey, Kissan Kumar 17 Unattached NT
Singapore Athletics Day 1 & 2.
Philippine Athletes Day 1 “Support our athletes”
(Aug 25) 34 year-old Veteran Julius Sermona did enough to win gold in the Men’s 10k in a time of 32:51.69, Sermona who was up against a very weak field had already ran 31.09.44 at the National Open which was good enough to better the bronze medal standard from the last SEA games. His best of 30:16.91 was ran way back in 2003 in Guangzhou China.
The Philippines was certain of at least two medals in the Men’s 400m Hurdles with Japan’s Fukei Yasuhiro the fastest in the event with a sub 50 PB. Junrey Bano (4th SEA games) was second in 51.93, just outside his personal best of 51.75 at the sea games and 51.84 he registered in Kazakhstan earlier this year. Jesson Ramil Cid was a very distant third place in 54.66 albeit a seasons best for Cid who ran 54.79 at the National Open after tripping over a hurdle still well off his personal best of 53.1 established during the 2011 UAAP. Ian Delos Santos was fourth improving his best from 55.90 to 55.70.
Event favourite Wenlie Maulas finished with silver in the Mens 800m with a time of 1:55.14, Truang Nguyen Xuan of Vietnam won the event in 1:54.61. Maulas best time of 1.52.92 was ran when he placed second at the National Games at the end of May.
20 year-old Kenny Gonzales of Run4Change Inc., FEU and the Philippines finished fifth place in the Mens Javelin throw with 57.74m however it was short of the 61.25m he threw at the PNG to win the bronze medal. Gonzales together with Allanloid Lumbao and Gusti Pido is a new generation of javelin throwers coming through seeking to challenge the more established National Record Holder the 40-year-old Danilo Fresnido (who holds the National Record with 72.93m). The event was won by 19 year-old Madab Manoj of India with a throw of 66.11m, the top four throwers all threw 63m+
Singapore Open Day 1 Results courtesy of the Singapore Athletics Association
Day 2 Cid 400 PB Bronze Medal
Jesson Ramil Cid gained a bronze medal in the Mens 400m. His time of 48.44 was a new PB. Cid’s previous best time was a bronze medal in Vietnam Nationals last year where he ran 48.76. His seasonal best time was 49.17 when he won the UAAP Title. Cid improved on that in the heats with 48.83. 33 year-old 2007 SEA Games Champion Julius Nierras was fourth in 48.51 however this time was a seasonal best for Nierras who at the peak of his powers had ran 46.56. Ian Delos Santos was fifth having run a personal best of 50.98 in the heats. The highly fancied Japanese runners who had came in with best times of 46 and 47 seconds did enough to ensure the win.
Looking at the possible 4×400 for SEA Games. 2011 SEA Games 400m Silver medalist Archand Bagsit leads the list with a 47.44 run, Bagsit ran several 47 second runs in Thailand and also Kazakhstan. He also won the 400m at the PNG in very windy conditions. Bagsit time of 47.44 is good enough to win the individual 400m at the next SEA Games in 2013. Edgardo Alejan Jr. Silver Medalist at the Hong Kong Invitationals timed 48.41 and placed third at the PNG. Both Bagsit and Alejan are trained by 2001-2003 SEA Games 400m Champion Ernie Candelario.With Cid and Nierras in the line for consideration. There is also 400 Hurdler Junrey Bano part of last years 4×400 Gold Medal team at SEA Games and Isidro ‘Tilo’ Del Prado Jr. (49.01) who was second at the PNG.
- SEA Games Selection and Qualification Criteria? (rev 1) (pinoyathletics.com)
- Philippine Mens 400m Ranking List 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
- PHILIPPINE TRACK AND FIELD TEAM LIST TO THAILAND OPEN Nov 3-7 (pinoyathletics.com)
- El Cid Goes after SEA Games Decathlon Qualification (pinoyathletics.com)
- Yeo wins, gunning for SEA Games glory (todayonline.com)
- Wong returns for Singapore Open (todayonline.com)
- PSC Will Fund 17 Priority SEA Games Medalists to train in Australia (pinoyathletics.com)
- 27-man Pinoy track team off to Bangkok tourney (pinoyathletics.com)
- PHILIPPINE TEAM LIST AND SCHEDULE THAILAND T&F OPEN (Nov 2-5) (merged) (pinoyathletics.com)
- El Cid Goes after SEA Games Decathlon Qualification (pinoyathletics.com)
- SEA Games 2013: Minimum of five golds, maximum of nine for Philippines Track and Field (with Poll) (pinoyathletics.com)
- REVOLUTION FROM THE GRASSROOTS: Insights on the advocacy of RUN FOR CHANGE (pinoyathletics.com)
Article by Pirie Enzo
Natasha (Nash) Marie Nalus continued her dominating streak of performances at the Weekly Relays. The 18-year old incoming freshman at the University of the Philippines broke the National Junior Record with a leap of 2.95m in Week 5 of the weekly relays at Pasig (18th Aug).
Nalus broke the old mark of 2.90m set by her team-mate and training partner Katrina Baron. Both Baron and Nalus are currently trained by pole vault coach Michael Pelaez, along with another previous junior record holder Alexandra Morrica Smith (DLSU).
Nalus is a graduate of St Pauls College Pasig. Nash was originally a member of the Philippine Pole Vault Club with coach Emerson Obiena.
At the start of the year Nalus best was only 2.50m from the Uni Games last year in Bacolod and then 2.60m during the weekly relays. Nalus leapt 2.80m during week three of the weekly relays to move from sixth on the all time junior list and was voted ‘Athlete of the Week’ with her performance.
Not only does Nalus now go in as the favorite to win the UAAP title in November, one of many new faces to emerge in a ‘changing of the guard’ (as defending champions now senior athletes are now very busy with studies or have graduated).
Nalus also now has a chance to become the first junior to go beyond the 3.00m mark, born in 1994 Nalus has this year and next year to achieve that feat. The Pole Vault has come along way as 14 years ago the National Senior Record was still only 2.80m.
Mainly due to the efforts of coaches such as Vicente Villauneva, Emerson Obiena and Michael Pelaez the standard of pole vaulting but in particular the relatively new event of Women’s Pole Vaulting has shot up dramatically. We will examine the history of the women’s junior record.
History of the Philippines National Junior Women’s Record
The History of the Junior record in the women’s just like the men’s has been a very controversial subject. However I will firstly note unlike the boys record, in the women’s fil-heritage athlete Deborah Samson (3.81m, 2000) definitely did not have Filipino Passport, hence eligibility at the time of the record but later went onto set the senior record once she obtained a passport.
The Junior record starts with are first serious womens pole vaulter Anna Natad who was coached by Mr. Villauneva (a veteran pole vaulter himself from the age of bamboo poles, who these days is the chief caretaker of the PATAFA equipment shed). Natad from DLSU University in 1998 leapt 2.80m during the weekly relays which was the Junior and Senior record at that time.
The record was then equalled by Jam Valenton of Ateneo coached by Emerson Obiena, ten years later in 2008 at the weekly relays also. Contrary to my previous article on pinoymiler titled ‘Smith claims sole ownership of the junior record’ and also in the following article ‘A tale of two pole vaulters‘
The marks of Dawn Javellena (Ateneo, 2005) 2.70m, Riezel Buenaventura (FEU, 2005) 2.70m, and Alex Smith (DLSU) 2.70m and 2.76m 2010 (After careful research assisted by AA Statiscian Heinrech Hubeling) are not considered ever being national records as Natad 2.80m was not exceeded or equalled between 1998 and 2008. Valenton leap of 2.80m equalled that so she co-shared the record from 2008 to 2010.
The saga then continues in this article i wrote on pinoymiler titled ‘A tale of two pole vaulters‘
“The email was brought to the attention of PATAFA but was not acted in on and in essence ignored. Smith aware of the higher marks of 2.80m reported in the past set on a campaign to claim sole ownership of the National Junior Record.
The drama continued as Smith seemed to falter from her record-breaking mark during the UAAP, weekly relays and National Games. She eventually managed to break through at the University Games in Capiz in mid October with a leap of 2.87m which unofficially claimed full ownership of the junior record.
However PATAFA national coach Roselyn Hamero informed me that due to the fact the national games was not an event sanctioned by PATAFA and arguably the officials are not accredited the record is very unlikely to be ratified by PATAFA.
In the case of track events that are understandable as there are no wind gauge and hand timing. However field events are very hard to stuff up measurements in comparison to sprint events were more time is available to ensure accuracy.
Smith new mark of 2.87 record regardless lasted less than a week. Her training partner Kat Baron (1992 also) of UP Diliman leapt an impressive 2.90m, a massive break through performance on October 29 at the Weekly relays to claim what ,might be sole ownership of the Junior Record. The Question now is can Smith dig deep and take the record back at the weekly relay finals this weekend which is arguably the last meet and last chance of the year. Regardless 2011 has been a win win situation for the MPF (Mike Pelaez Family).”
It is going to be a very interesting UAAP this year with National Junior Record Holder Natasha Nalus (2.95m) lining up against former record holders UP school mate Katrina Baron (2.90m) and Alexandra Smith of DLSU (2.87m). The three training partners are part of the MPF trainin group (Mike Pelaez Family).
Below is the Alltime List for Junior Womens Pole Vault in the Philippines
|1||3.81m||Deborah Samson||17/10/1981||Los Angeles||2000|
|2||2.95m||Natasha Marie Nalus||1994||Pasig||18/8/2012|
|4||2.87m||Alexandra Smith||1992||Roxas City||2011|
|10||2.60m||Emily Jean Obiena||28/2/1998||Pasig||/2/2012|
*NB. Natasha Nalus mark is the JR Record on this list.
- Fil-Heritage athlete Alyana Nicolas. The Story of the PV Womens JR Record Continues……….. (pinoyathletics.com)
- Safety Reminders for Our Pole Vaulters (pinoyathletics.com)
- Womens Triple Jump & Pole Vault (pinoyathletics.com)
- University Games Nalus Again Breaks JR Pole Vault Record. Selected Results Day 1 and 2 (rev 5) (pinoyathletics.com)
Cebu City Half Marathon – Delos Santos and Tabal begin 2013 with Personal Bests over Half Marathon
(Jan 18) Mary Grace Delos Santos continued her superb seasonal form at the Cebu Marathon with a second place to Kenyan Jackline Nziza who won in a time of 1:18.28 over 21 km. Delos Santos the Milo Marathon champion clocked a personal best of 1:20.28. Improving on the season lead she established last year in the Half Marathon timing 1:24.14. Also on the move was Cebu local Mary Joy Tabal the fourth place finisher at the Milo Marathon improved her personal best from 1:25.29 to 1:21.44 to secure third place.
Full Results are available herehttp://www.cebumarathon.com/
- Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon (pinoyathletics.com)
Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon
(Jan 15) Pinoyathletics would like to congratulate Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos for qualifying for the 14th Asian Marathon on March 10 in Nomi City Japan.
35 year old Buenavista is a veteran of the sport having finished 67th in the 2004 Olympic Games and currently holds the national record in 5k,10k and the Marathon his best being 2h18.44 set in Oita, Japan in 2004.
‘Vertek’ as he is known by his friends is the SEA Games 2003 5km, 2005 10km and 2009 Marathon Gold Medalist. He also had a bronze medal at the 2003 Asian Championships held in Manila. Vertek was the fastest Filipino at the recent Milo Marathon but finished fourth place in 2h29.45.
Delos Santos who originally hails from Zamboanga and is coached by former SEA Games athlete turned coach Roy Vence. The 25 year old is an upcoming athlete who is continuing a strong legacy of Womens Marathon. Her performance of 2h49.29 was just under a minute from the sea games bronze medal standard of 2h48.83.
She defended her title at the Milo Marathon in what was the third fastest time ever by a Filipina. Christabel Martes the 2001 and 2005 SEA Games Champion holds the Filipino Record with 2h38.44. While Jhoann Banayag who was the 2009 SEA Games Champion is #2 of all time. In the recent Milo Marathon Delos Santos finished in front of the two veterans. In doing so she booked her first flight to a major international tournament. Hopefully Mary Grace can qualify for the SEA Games at this meet and pave the way for another SEA Games Gold.
- Head to Head: The Best athletes in 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
- Philippine 2012 Womens 10k Final Ranking List (pinoyathletics.com)
New York Marathon Cancelled
Most agreed it was a good idea to cancel it
(Nov 9) NEW YORK—Organizers, police and even athletes called Friday’s cancelation of the New York Marathon the correct decision in the wake of the devastation caused by killer superstorm Sandy.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg axed what would have been the 43rd annual race after complaints over the timing and the notion of staging the event on Sunday while many people in the area remain without electricity or shelter.
“The best thing for New York and the best thing for the marathon for the future is unfortunately to move on. This isn’t the year or the time to run it,” said Mary Wittenberg, president of the organizing group, the New York Road Runners.
“It’s crushing and it’s really difficult. It’s one of the toughest decisions we ever made, but we really believe it’s the right thing for New York.”
Read more Here
Due to typhoon Sandy which ravaged the East Coast of the United Sates. The Annual New York Marathon was initially expected to go on.
(From Daily Inquirer)
NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor defended the running of the world’s largest marathon Sunday in a city still searching for bodies from Superstorm Sandy and struggling for basic necessities like power, while some storm victims and other residents said holding the race would be insensitive and divert resources like exhausted police.
The marathon was expected to draw about 20,000 international runners — close to half of participants — who continued to arrive Friday in a city where hotels already held many storm refugees. They crowded the marathon expo, which was criticized after the heavy metal song “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was among the background music.
Read More Here
However Mayor Bloomberg was forced to cancel it
A few hours after Bloomberg insisted the race would be held, he reversed his decision when top city officials lined up against him.
“We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” the mayor said in a statement. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
The nationally televised race that winds through the city’s five boroughs and ends in Central Park has been held annually since 1970 — it was held in 2001, about two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Read More Here
ILONGGO RUNNERS HULLEZA, GANZON RULE LAST VISAYAS SWING OF 36TH NATIONAL MILO MARATHON
From Manila Times, Oct 31 by AFP
Rowell Hulleza and Alexandra Ganzon took advantage of the fair weather to top the Iloilo qualifying leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon.
Over 12,200 athletes and running enthusiasts ran the difficult course around Iloilo City for the thirteenth installment of the country’s premier foot race. Negrense Hulleza dominated the 21k men’s division race in 1:15:56 to pocket the P 10,000 top prize. The West Negros University Criminology undergraduate finished ahead of runners Bennie Murillo and Jorge Sepida, who finished in 1:16:38 and 1:22:24, respectively. Completing the top 3 cast in the distaff side are Ganzon, who triumphantly crossed the finish line in first place at 1:44:59, Mellina Jane Jaroda at 1:52:34 and Mary Antonette Nuñez at 1:57:45.
Adidas King of the Road: Good Field in Local Womens 16.8k
(Sept 30) Perhaps the most interesting race of this event was the Philippine Womens 16.8k road race. This was won by National 5 and 10k Silver Medalist Mary Grace Delos Santos originally from Zamboanga now representing Cebu the 25 year old held off team mate Mary Joy Tabal. Tabal (23) the 2011 National Bronze Medalist in the 5k was originally a 59 second 400m sprinter who has moved up into the world of road running. Behind them was National 10k and Marathon record holder Christabel Martes, the 33 year-old veteran these days is an employee of Riovanna. Another veteran 30 year old Former 2005 SEA Games representative and UAAP Stand out Nheann Bharcena was fourth. And in fifth place to add diversity was 15 year old Ana Jean Tamayo.
Womens 16.8k Results
|1.03.22||Mary Grace Delos Santos|
|1.07.06||Mary Joy Tabal|
|1.13.50||Nhea Ann Bharcena|
|1.14.20||Ana Jean Tamayo|
Floredeliza Donos of Baguio won the womens 5k while Michael Bacong won the Mens. Veteran 10k Record Holder Eduardo Buenavista took out the Mens 16.8k easily.
Rexona Run (Sept 23)
By Romina S. Austria (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
(Sept 23), Manila Local runners struck in the 21K relay races with Flor-deliza Donos and Jho-ann Banayag ruling the all-female race (1:25:23); Rafael Poliquit Jr. and Richard Salano the all-male division (1:10:21); and Lowemar Strella and Michelle Tibagacay (1:26:23) the mixed relay category.
Willy Rotich, the 2010 21K Rexona Run king, settled for the 5K title in 14:55. Fellow Kenyan Philip Ronoh was second (15:14) and olympic 10k runner Rene Herrera third (15:25).
Jessa Mangsat topped the female side with a time of 19:55 while Lovely Gemeroy clocked 20:38 and Annaleah Cierva 24:48 for second the third places, respectively.
*Herrera and Banayag are members of the national team
Tabal, Tillor rule PSAN Run
By Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman)
(Sept 17) CEBU, Philippines – Mary Joy Tabal added feather on her cap as Noel Tillor continued to make waves in the local running scene via the Philippine Society of Animal Nutritionists at the Terraces grounds of Ayala Center-Cebu yesterday.
Tabal reigned supreme in the 25K women’s open with the time of one hour, 43 minutes and three seconds. The little known Jennylyn Nobleza was a distant second with a 1:53:54 clocking, while Christy Sevilleno-Tutor finished third in 2:03:59.
Tillor, on the other hand, came out the fastest among male entries with the time of 1:13:25. Jason Agravante placed second in 1:29:53 followed by Jobert Carolino in1:30:15.
In the 15K battle, Mary Jane Beboso and Riez Enriquez stamped their respective classes.
Beboso dominated the women’s category with the time of 1:13:25, while Enriquez ruled the men’s side in 55 minutes and 21 seconds.
Joel Delposo stole part the show after dominating the 5K run in 18 minutes and 16 seconds. In the distaff side, the Andrin sisters Lovely and Cherry posted a 1-2 finish.
In the 3K action, John Cliff Debulusan and Jhean Andrin lorded it over in their respective categories. (FREEMAN)
Beboso and Kenyans win VCMC Run Cebu (rev 1)
Article by Emmanuel B. Villaruel, Philippine Star Cebu.
(Sept 3) In yesterdays Value Charity Make a Change (VCMC) Run. Run starting and ending at Park Mall Grounds. The Kenyans dominated the mens distance running in Cebu. However in the womens with top distance runners Mary Joy Tabal and Mary Grace delos Santos missing in action.
.Mary Jane Beboso won the Womens 21K (Half Marathon) would win in 1h47:37.33, Preciosa Sanchez came out second in 1:53:13.85 followed by Emeralde Hermosilla (1:56:02.86), Jane Ong (2:01:49.81) and Eri Miyamura (2:04:04.31). Rounding up the top 10 finishers were Marissa Yap (2:08:52.98), Marjorie Jore (2:09:36.99), Pamela Apuhin (2:11:08.19), Edna Herale (2:14:04.94) and Rose Caballero (2:17:57.37).
- Kenyans back with a bang; Tabal beats Delos Santos (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Kiptanui, Beboso rule VCMC race (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
Tabby Joy (Tabal) wins Timex Run
(Aug 19) Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal, won the 16k in the Timex Run-Cebu with the time of 1:05.55. Finishing ahead of Joery Lee 1:13.29, with triathlete Amale-Mendenoza Jopson in third 1:21.16.
Tabal is one of the countries promising upcoming distance runners. Tabal took the silver medal in 18:29.70 at the 2011 PNG behind 2009 SEA Games Marathon Champion Jhoann Banayag. Tabby who began off as a 59 second 400m sprinter before quickly moving up to the longest distances has taken the past year off track meets but did participate in the 2012 PRISAA. Her focus being mainly on the half marathon distance range where she represented the Philippines at Singapore in June. Tabal has registered 1:24.31 in a Half Marathon (21k) at Canmarines Sur last year and 3:08.38 in the Marathon in 2010.
Another more established runner originally from Zamboanga living in Cebu Mary Grace Delos Santos who ran personal bests to claim two silver medals at the PNG in the 5k (17:44.85) (close race), and 10k (37:49.36) easily won the women’s 10k in 39 minutes and 52 seconds. Lovely Andlin was second in 42:27, and Kisha Mae Delechos was third in 44:51.
The Mens 16k was won by Kenyan Douglas Mwiti (54:50). His Kenyan team-mate Abraham Missos won the 10k (34:05) ahead of Cebu’s Mendel Lopez (34:57), Lopez ran a personal best of 15:23.85 last year in Singapore representing the Philippines but has not featured much at all this year on the track.
More results and details here
Hypersports Get Fit Run Review and Results (July 8)
(Aug 18) Hypersports successfully staged its first ever road race ‘Hypersports Get Fit Run’ at Quirino Grandstand, Manila July 8. Hypersports is a sports events management group, composed primarily of a group of mainly ex-national track and field athletes.
They conducted a 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k (half-marathon) event, with the timing done with the IPICO Sports Chip.
The 3K Road Race was won by Kenyan Jackson Chirchir in 8:38, who has a best Marathon time of 2 hours 33.31 according to Allathletics. Second was former San Sebastian stand out Michael Bacong in 8:48, National 1500m Record Holder and double SEA games silver medalist Mervin Guarte (SSC) was third well behind in 9:20, with his training partner Michael ‘Topix’ Villamor of UPHR running with him at 9:21. The fastest women in the 3k finished 5th overall and that was Josephine Mendoza in 10:56.
Meanwhile in the Mens 5K 35-year old Kenyan Samuel Tarus Too (who holds a life time pb of 2h21.01 in the Marathon) clocked 15:14.3 in the 5K, well ahead of Roger Denolio of UST 15:45.9 and fellow Kenyan Elid Kipliomo 15:58.8.
National 5k Record Holder Mercidita Fetalvero (nee. ‘Bunso’ Manipol) was the fastest women the 30-year old former member of the national team jogged 18:37.2 well off her glory days of 16:40.81, but held off UAAP 5k medalist Mary Ann Dela Cruz (FEU) 19:00.5 who is in good shape coming into the next UAAP, and National Junior 10K Record Holder Jessa Mangsat (Baguio) was third in 19:13.0
The Mens 10k was dominated by Kenyans with 36- year old Willie Rotich 31:16 winning.
(If Rotich is the same guy on allathletics.com he has best times of 1:45.33 800m (2002), 3:38.63 1500m (2004) which are below the Philippine records. He has run 14:19.60 (2012) in 5k which would be very competitive at the PNG. He has a best 10k time of 29:07.26 which is parallel to the Philippine record.)
Samson Tuwei was second 31:50, Eliud Kerring third in 32:32, Kiptala Kimuge 33:30, James Mirei 37:42. The fastest women in this event was also a Kenyan Irene Kipchumba who ran 40:10 (there is another Irene Kwamai Kipcumba who was a world championship finalist)
The Half Marathon was won by Kenyan Benjamin Kipkazi in 1:12.14 who edged out 10K national record holder Eduardo Buenavista 1:12.22, and National 10k Champion Julius Sermona 1:12.27 narrowly for the win. His Kenyan team-mate Philip Rono was fourth in a very close 1:12.35, and SEA Games Marathon Medalist Eric Paniqui was fifth in 1:13.55.
(NB. Could someone please comment in regards to the Kenyan runners and there best times etc.. over various distances. Are they working in the Philippines? Would they be fairly competitive at national level. Are they recreational runners? or just older runners or where very good at one stage?)
Full Results can be found here
Hyper Sports is now organizing another road run at General Santos as part of the 14th Tuna Festival Activities on September 2, 2012. This race will be called Get Fit Run- Gen San Tuna Festival for more information about entering this run and registration please visit the Hyper Sports Website below
- HyperSports Supports Lace Up Anika Run (supladongirish.wordpress.com)
New Kid at the Track
(Sep 21) I ended up doing more than what i was supposed to at the track tonight in Sydney as i got confused with last weeks program. I did everything with a rolling start as the explosive block starts on back to back days wreeked havoc on my form and caused several injuries from calves to groin issues.
Anyway before i start talking about my session i want to mention firstly the situation as my coach has gone overseas. Four senior athletes including myself are administering/coordinating the groups with him posting us training programs.
This situation was made even worse by the fact that the Track Oval we train at in Sydney City was closed for rennovations from September until March next year. Its good in a sense that the track was long due for a makeover with the oldest surface being almost concrete like, but bad in a way that it has split the group up. Most of the core group is training in the city, but occassionally some of them join me at Olympic Park. Well one positive to come from the split as that more athletes are joining due to the number of different times and places which they find more convieneant. I have lost count of the total number of squad members we have now and it seems to be growing daily.
Yesterday there was a kid (20 year old) at the track who ran 16.3, 16.3, 16.8 and 28.7 off 20 mins rest between for 150 and 250. While he has never competed, i will say he was training with a very good coach for a year so is not a complete novice. He mentioned he was looking for a new group to train with (his current coach had too many athletes so he got cut), so I invited him to train with me on Tuesday. The thing i liked about him was he was very enthusiastic probably just so or dare i say it maybe even more than me, he asked alot of questions and seemed very excited about his new training group. Even offering to buy me chicken nibbles at McDonalds which i politely declined as i mentioned he would realize by the time he is 30.
Anyway onto my session. I did 4×40, 2×60 both 6.8, 2×80 8.9 and 9.0, 2×100 11.0 and 10.9 and then 2 easy 120s. I was going to goto the gym but then another training partner turned up and did a time trial with some of his school mates so i decided to stay and time and watch his runs and postpone my gym session.
(Sept 18) It has been a while since I have updated this and I intend to do a back log at some stage when I have time to compile/scan my training notes. The main stadium we use ES Marks is now closed so are training group has split into smaller groups until a new permanent facility can be found. Some of them are training on grass surfaces. However I decided to train near the Olympic Park near my house. Its a large facility used for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. It has two tracks a 12 lane main track and a 10 lane warm up track. The 12 lane main track was the warmup track for the Sydney Olympics, and what is now the Telstra Rugby League Stadium was the main track (the track has since then been ripped up).
Today we trained at the 10 lane warmup track, training started at 6.30. The session was 80,100,120,140 (2 sets), with a 250m at the end. We had 3 4 5 mins betwen reps and 8 mins between sets. And as my training partner needed to get home quickly we reduced the rest before the 250m from 15 to 12 mins. It started off light showers but by the end it was bucketing down with rain. Thankgod we chose an all weather track and not a grass surface that evening.
We used a rolling start i find this start is much better as it is not as explosive and helps prevent injuries.
80 8.9, 100 11.0, 120 13.4, 140 15.5 / 80 8.8, 100 11.1, 120 13.7, 140 15.8 / 250 31.0
180M = The Beast!, 400m tonight
(Aug 23) This week is my week off weights, so ive been doing more long runs to condition myself for the 400m. At 28 going 29 these are my last competitive years in athletics. On Tuesday started a little bit off on my target session, but still had the best total score of those who turned up of my training group.
I arrived at training late, as the train took an extra 30 minutes as someone had leapt in front of the train at one of the stations. Hence I rushed through my warmup in 5-10 mins rather the usual 20-25 mins i require. So i jogged to the track from the bus stop, i already had tights on underneath, did some dynamic stretching, drills and run-through. Frantically putting spike shoes on as everyone was heading over to the start session.
This is how it went:
.6 mins between runs & 15 min between 200m and 300m
120m 13.9 , target was 14.0, about 23.2 200m pace.
140m 15.9, target was 16.0, about 22.7 200m pace.
160m 18.7, target was 18.3, about 23.4 200m pace.
180m 21.7, target was 21.3, about 24.1 200m pace (we nicknamed this repetition ‘The BEAST’ because as it’s just after mid set if you exert too much effort in this you die in the 200m)
200m 24.7 target was 24.0, (however I was a good 15-20m in front as everyone exerted too much effort in 180m)
300m 39.0 target under 38 (shoe nearly came off as lace not done up correctly, round curve)
Total Score was 133.9 (my best for this so far is 131.3 correction).
The last time I did this session I DNFED at this last year skipping ‘The Beast 180m’ , However 2 years ago (2010) i ran 134.3 in week 1, 133.9 in week 2, and 131.3 in week 3.
Two Days of rest followed by a Gruelling Session (rev 1)
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After Saturdays double session Hill Sprints and Weights . I have felt somewhat tired for the last two days and not really been sticking to my diet. What looked like a blocked nose this morning was quickly blasted away with Fes Nasal Spray. At lunch time today the main street in Sydney was crowded with a parade of winning Australian Athletes
I did lunch healthy at a Japanese Sushi restaurant (some photos to come). Ordering softshell crab, Octopus balls, and Tonkatsu Pork, i always took away sushi from this restaurant after my training I really love this Sushi for several reasons. Firstly Its cheap at like $4 AUD for 5 rolls doesn’t get any better than that in Sydney. Secondly its really healthy, raw fish is a common diet in Japan and South American countries where they have the highest number of people living to be over 100, not that i would know what to do if I ever lived that long, life is a struggle as it is already. Thirdly the food can be eaten cold, no need to worry about it cooling down and tasting different its cold to start with. Four its packed easily so i can put it in my bag and eat it on the 45 min train ride home or while I’m waiting for the train. After this I got my accounting done for end of tax year, looking forward the tax refunds coming back my way.
Now thinking ahead to tomorrow as I nearly fell asleep on the train. tomorrow is a gruel ling Tuesday session. I was supposed to go for a jog today but i felt too tired, so will jog and stretch tomorrow morning to loosen out the hamstrings. Tomorrow evening at 6.00 is training. The session is 120m, 140m, 160m, 180m,200m on 6 minute rests followed by a 15 minute rest and a 300m. So far my best times for this session have been 13.9, 15.9, 18, 21.3, 23.7, 37.9. With best score from 2010 being (14.0,16.4,18,21.3,23.7,37.9). My goal will be to get that down below that tomorrow, and within 3 weeks break 1:30.0 total time. Which will mean having to get the 200 and 300 time down. I think im better prepared as i have gotten used to running 6x200s in 26s (last one was 24.8s) on 3 minute rests so 6 minutes will be enough recovery time. However at that time of the evening its a bit cold so important to keep the thermal 2xu wear on. My team-mate has actually got the record at 1:27.0 for this session with his 200m/300m at 22.5 and 35.7!.
(Aug 30) My last training article was published on August 20 . As there has been a lot going on both in reporting and upgrading this site I have not had the chance to update this.
I took Friday and Monday as rest light jogs and stretches. Saturday i did hills.
On Sunday i tapered my 200m down to five times on 5 minute rests. I ran 24.9, 25.8, 25.1, 24.5, 25.2 (average time was 25.1) I was happy as the runs weren’t wind aided like last week as their was no wind present. Next week i will be switching to broken 400s (200m 30s 200m) repeat after 20 mins. In the afternoon I hit the weights room. For the most part my weights have now gone from 5 sets of 20 to 5 sets of 15 to 5 sets of 12 now. The twelve rep range is still considered muscular endurance development. In Bench i started at 45kg, accidentally did 13 at 50kg I forgot I wasn’t going to 15 anymore. 55kg, 60kg and by the time I go to 65kg i could only manage 8 paused and then did another three. Did Full Squats 60kg x 12 this time i used the lifters rack so i had to go right down almost ass to ground. I followed each one of these with very rapid step ups onto a small box. Lats, Hyper extensions with 15kg plate, my friend the ab machine, dumbbell swings.
I did however improve on my Tuesday session August 27 with a new score of 132.9 total. 133.8 on August 20. The session was 120,140,160,180,200 on 6 mins and then 15 mins and then 300. This time i went 14.0, 16.0, 18.8, 21.7, 24.6 and 37.8. It was funny because holding back a fraction on the first reps led to very big gains in the 300m. My coach advised me to hold back a little and then aim for around 37.5 in the 300m. Some of the training partners went way to hard on ‘The Beast’ 180m and where not able to get to the 300m. However i felt a bit fresh after the 200m.
In the 300m my training partner who had saved his energy for the last rep applied the same tactic. So this time in the 300m i went out fast and really focused on attacking the curve which has been my weak point in the 400m. He was on the outside lane so I didn’t see him i heard him coming. But i threw in everything to hold him off and held on 37.8 to 37.9 this time.
On Wednesday i did 3x350s on 5 min rests, 47,48 and 50s i was really tired halfway through the third one so forget about focusing on kicking on the curve I was trying to stay awake. In the later evening did weights. Dead lifts 12 reps on 60,80,100. then only managed two on 120kg so i had to review this for next week. Got all the way up to 44kg on my 5th set in the Incline Dumbbell Bench Press which I was happy with. Tbar row, db swings, abs. I skipped seated rows as the machine always seem to be occupied.
Thursday felt really hungry. So pretty much ate the whole day. I was late to training so had to warmup quick and do some speed work.
- Is the Barbell Bench press “Dead?!?!?” (northadelaidefitness.wordpress.com)
- Strength Training Log: Cycle 4, Week 2, Day 2 (andersbore.com)
- Dave Tate: 15 Quick Training Tips | EliteFTS (becomeunafraid.wordpress.com)
- Dumbbell Bench Press (tidaworkout.wordpress.com)
Saturday Hills, Gym and Babylonian Demi-Gods (rev 1)
(Aug 19) It has been a tough week for Sports Blogs Post Olympic Games. Especially Track and Field blogs in the Philippines. We had 189 views on Saturday which is are lowest count since August 1 (where we had 166 views). Pinoyathletics has now covered there Olympic back log and will now be getting up to date on local sports news. We have also looked at the situation with the PSC reaction to the results of the team of 11 sent to the Olympic Games.
I am posting my Saturday session to fill in the time between events. I get up at 7.00, but in this case i was unable to sleep so I pretty much just lay in bed from 1.00 in the morning. When i get up i need to have a breakfast which wont make me spew up or at least not spew up too badly later on. I opted for a large bowl of Nutri-Grain with a little bit of Milk.
As i get to the station i realize i need to buy a ticket, Saturday is the worst day to get a ticket as the ticket office is closed I have to go and get out money from the ATM for the ticket machine. I hate being in this situation as the ticket machine doesn’t do weekly tickets (which are much cheaper). So I end up having to waste money on an extra one way ticket to the city. PAK! But it’s still better than getting a $200 fine by the NSW Police for not having a ticket.
The trip to the city to do my hill sprints is a 45 minute train ride and then a 15 minute bus ride (I don’t have a car), followed by a 10 minute jog to centennial Park in Sydney. I knock back half my creatine with water on the way down (im saving the other half for later when I goto the gym). When i get off from the station I swipe my ticket and remember to go and buy a weekly ticket.
As I get off the bus, im still wearing my heavy back pack with my spikes, four drink bottles (creatine now empty, whey protein with milk, gatorade and plain water) gym towel (yes im going to the gym after this even though i had no sleep), skipping rope (for warmup), bottle of amino tablets, wallet (of course). I put on my headphones attached to my cellphone and begin the jog past the cricket grounds to the park. As i go for the jog i overtake recreational runners wearing my backpack. I see this almost as a type of resistance training, and i remind myself i need to buy a weighted vest for some of my training sessions in particular the 6x200s in 26s off 3 mins. I stop by the bathroom to change into my 2xu running shorts. Then head over to the trees where my training group is showing up.
Hill Sprint Session
For warmup i have now switched to a dynamic set of exercises recommended to me by UST Sports Science Graduate Trecia Ricalde now working as a personal trainer. Inchworm, Running arms, Lunges, Walking High Knee, Lunge Twist, over-under (basically walking a march). I then follow-up with some wall drills swinging straight legs, swinging cross legs, and hurdle tucks. After this i do a stride out followed by a skip 3 times, followed by a stride out butt-kick run three times and then i put my long spikes on. As we are running on grass the spike nails are 12mm long, on track they are 6mm long. I do a couple of run throughs on the grass.
I had come prepared for the standard 120,130,140,150,150,140,130,120 hill session but today the coach tells us we will only be doing four runs. He doesn’t tell us what distances wherein lies the rub. He gets us to run a further four times up the hill over 40m to complete are warmup, I clearly win all of these despite the coach is the one who says go and he takes an early start after i win the first one. The session ends up as 100, 120,150,200, at least we have 8 minute rests. I’m close behind on 100-150 in the top 2-3. However on the last one the coach makes up a bet, he says whoever finishes last on the last one will be buying coffee for the winner. He then proceeds to handicap everyone according to ability for this event. In the dying stages of the race the older sprinter in the group Iain passes me and i see him raise his hand going over the line Ben Johnson style. I then look over my shoulder and see the coach being passed on the last stride by Tim one of are younger student sprinters and looks like the one who made the bet is the one buying the coffee.
At the Gym
After rewarding myself with a tasty bacon and egg roll and downing my bottle of whey protein I decide to head to the Sydney University Gym. My warm down jog is the same route back to the bus stop I did this morning. Luckily due to fluids being consumed my back pack is now a bit lighter. I get off the bus a bit later and grab another bus to the University. When I get to the University I notice this really cool statue I never saw before and thought it was very appropriate outside the gym.
As I am now focussing on the 400m in my last competitive season of athletics. I am doing a much higher rep range. Last month i started on 5 sets of 20 reps, now i am down to my third and last week of 5 sets of 15 reps. I will have one week off weights and then move down to 5 sets of 12 reps. 12-15 reps is considered muscular endurance which is specific for the needs of a 400m run.I started with the Deadlift I like to keep warm so i kept my track suit tops and bottoms on for the first lifts warmup was 50kg x 15, then a short rest then 80kg x 15 the speed of the lifts was still good at 80kg. I then decided i was going to make this third rep my last one and went for a rep pb my previous was 95kg a month ago for this number of reps. I put on 105kg put a good song on my head phones, chalked up my hands, and removed track suit. These were definitely all ‘Dead’ Lifts as i found by after number 12 I had to really concentrate with reseting the lifts. However was surprised i could get to this many. Later i tried 180kg but failed, but was able to get one out at 130kg. Interesting how important gradual progression is.
Incline Dumbell Press – 12kg (each hand) x 15, 18kg x 15, 22kg x 13
Tbar Row pulls 5 sets 20,20,20,32,32 kg.
Situp Machine 5,5,10,10kg (usually do this last but someone was using seated row)
Seated Row 25,32,39,45,45 kg. (exhausted)
Dumb bell swings 3 x 100 swings x 3kg
Wrist strengthening exercises 2×4 exercises with 5kg in each hand.
Who will be the next President of PATAFA?
Pinoyathletes, if we are going to choose our candidate for the PATAFA presidency this January 2013, who it will be?
GTK backs down; POC polls a go
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Athletics chief Go Teng Kok announced last night that he’s withdrawing all cases he filed against the Philippine Olympic Committee, paving the way for the holding of the POC elections tomorrow at Alabang Country Club.
Go said that he has “proven his point and stood his ground” against POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., adding that he has also withdrawn the temporary restraining order he filed to stop the POC polls although he said he has reasons to believe it would be granted.
Go thanked those who supported him in his fight against Cojuangco but said his success was in uniting the opposition bloc in the POC against Cojuangco’s leadership.
He added that he’s calling for an election in the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association in January when he plans to step down after 23 years as president.
Cojuangco, uncle of President Aquino who earlier said that stopping the POC polls through a TRO is tantamount to government intervention and could trigger the country’s suspension by the International Olympic Committee, will now seek a third straight term unopposed.
- PATAFA President Go Teng Kok is no longer a persona non-grata runs for POC Presidency (pinoyathletics.com)
- Why Care about the POC Elections? (pinoyathletics.com)
- Peping and full slate win POC elections (rappler.com)
Why Care about the POC Elections?
By Sev Sarmenta
Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:22 pm | Sunday, November 4th, 2012
THE RACE for a presidential seat always grabs attention. Whether it be for the Philippine or American presidency, a class or an organization, the election for the top leadership position stirs the interest of those voting, and even those who won’t.
If you are a stakeholder in an organization, there is understandable interest because the person to be elected could affect your outlook, performance, income (in case of a corporation) and life in general over the next couple of years.
A president does not file laws per se but can provide the leadership necessary for important pieces of legislation to be undertaken by a congress or parliament.
A president is also a symbolic leader, the person you turn to for direction in a group or country. His or her speeches and announcements in media define how an administration will enact policies or solve problems. The president also represents the organization in front of foreign leaders and captains of industry.
Thus, there are good reasons to care about the upcoming Philippine Olympic Committee elections this Nov. 30.
The leaders to be elected are going to chart the course of Philippine sports over the next four years. No matter how daunting or hopeless the task may seem, we will still need leaders who will take us through the unforgiving waters of sports financing, coaching and infrastructure building.
If you are an ardent sports follower disappointed with how the Philippines has fared in international competitions in recent years, you could be jaded enough to ignore the elections. Or if you are an athlete who has been hurt by bickering and inside positioning by the powers-that-be, then you could not be blamed for dismissing this election as an exercise in futility.
But for those who still believe that with an ounce of change the true potential of our athletes can be unearthed, there is a genuine interest and concern for the POC elections.
It is really not about the personalities anymore but the issues that confront sports.
We need a POC president and leaders who will grab the bull by its horns and face the difficult tasks ahead. We need success in sports outside of the triumphs of our boxers and billiards aces to inspire us.
During the long weekend, I wondered if we should vote for the POC president and leaders in a general national elections instead of the process in place which calls for the national sports associations to vote for the next leaders.
I imagined how all of us would vote for a POC leadership andwh if the assembling of tickets and the aligning of loyalties would be as confusing as it is right now. Doing so will probably just add to the headaches of the Comelec.
Many of us care about the fate of Philippine sports but can’t vote in the coming elections. Let’s hope that those who can will elect leaders who will indeed infuse sports with a new direction.
PATAFA President Go Teng Kok is no longer a persona non-grata runs for POC Presidency
From the Manila Times, By Josef T. Ramos
(Oct 29) GO Teng Kok is no longer a persona non grata in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and could possibly run now as president in the upcoming POC election slated November 30 at the Ayala Alabang Golf and Country Club.
Go claimed that he got a favorable decision from the Supreme Court (SC) after it dismissed the petition filed by the POC to junk an early decision of the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC).
“The POC intended not to honor Pasig RTC’s decision in my favor that what POC did declaring me as persona non grata and expelled without due process is unlawful so POC petitioned to the SC that eventually dismissed the said petition,” said Go.
“The POC can’t ignore the highest law of the land,” added Go, the current Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association president. “Cojuangco is not above the law. He has no more basis to disqualify my bid to run as POC president.”
The Pasig RTC dismissed the persona non grata and Go’s expulsion from the POC family. He was expelled, according to the POC, for committing acts inimical to its member.
Despite scoring a favorable decision from Pasig RTC and SC, Go’s presidential bid relies on the final decision of the POC Commission on Election if he will be allowed to run.
For the part of POC, spokesman Joey Romasanta refused to comment on the matter saying that it is all now with Olympic body legal head lawyer Ramon Malinao.
“I can’t comment on that because I have no any idea about his [Go] text,” said Romasanta. “Our legal lawyer will take care of it and it is up to the election committee who is qualified or not of running in the POC election
Go Teng Kok Calls for transparency
1:47 am | Thursday, September 6th, 2012
“POC general assembly members should require transparency on those who want to run in any post at the POC executive board,” said Go, credited for helping current president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco win a second term as local Olympic chief in 2008.
Go, however, had a falling-out with Cojuangco and was declared persona non-grata by the POC. Still, the Patafa head commands a solid block in the general assembly of 42 voting national sports associations.
“Those who have a pending case in the ombudsman should be required [to be transparent] along with those who have multimillion unliquidated funds from the government,” said Go, calling on NSA leaders to discourage those implicated in those cases from running.
- Will MVP run for POC President? (rappler.com)
- MVP won’t run for POC president (rappler.com)
- Peping and full slate win POC elections (rappler.com)
Part 11 (Nov 2)
This document attached is the official documentation in regards to the formation charter of the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission in 1990)
Part 10 (Oct 14)
Part 9 (Oct 6)
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/10/03/12/go-teng-kok-challenges-peping-poc-polls GTK Challenges Peping Cojuanco for POC presidency
http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=856181&publicationSubCategoryId=69&keyword= GTK guest at scoop today at 10.30
(Cojuanco accepts GTK Challenge)
http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=856182&publicationSubCategoryId=69&keyword= PSC Wants fair selection process
Part 8 (Oct 2)
http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=855025&publicationSubCategoryId=69&keyword= (PSC to establish regional training centres)
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/sports/2012/10/02/only-local-runners-allowed-smart-charity-run-245894 (Only Local Runners Aloud in Smart Charity Run)
Part 7 (Sept 21)
http://sports.inquirer.net/63156/poc-forming-own-group-of-elite-athletes (POC seperate project PSC)
Part 6 (Sept 19)
http://sports.inquirer.net/62704/groundhog-day-at-the-poc (article about the upcoming Philippine Olympic Committee elections and candidates for the presidency (POC) with nominations closing on October 24)
http://www.philstar.com/thedeanscorner/articlescontent.aspx?articleid=850479&publicationsubcategoryid=69 (Mr Cojuanco Justifies a third term)
http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=850494&publicationSubCategoryId=69 (I really enjoy reading Mr Juico’s articles)
PART 5 (Sept 6)
- How do you solve a problem like Philippine Sports? (pinoyathletics.com)
- Trillanes wants Aquino’s uncle stripped of POC chairmanship (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Prepare to win in next OlympicsâSen. Pangilinan (sports.inquirer.net)
- SEA Games Selection and Qualification Criteria? (rev 1) (pinoyathletics.com)
PART 4 (Aug 28-30)
(Aug 29, Article by Mario Casayuran)
(Aug 30, by Joaquin Henson aka. the Dean)
(Oct 5, 2011, advised by Sally Parsonage)
PART 3 (Aug 19-27)
Rappler Q & A with Peping Cojuanco (POC President) after the Olympic Games
MANILA, Philippines — After the end of London 2012, the Philippines failed yet again in its bid for an Olympic medal.
It has been 16 years since the team has had an athlete finish in the top 3 since Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The 11-person contingent has also been the smallest Philippine delegation sent by the country since 1936.
In 2000 we had 20 athletes now 12 years later we are down to nearly half that number.
As Filipinos look for answers over the Philippine team’s dismal performance, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the organization solely responsible for Filipino athletes competing in the Olympics, is under the spotlight. Following team Philippines’ consecutively disappointing Olympic runs, questions and doubts over the POC’s work and efforts have surfaced.
On Tuesday, August 14, Sen Francis Pangilinan pushed for a probe of the POC and the Philippine Sports Commission to assess their effectiveness and efficiency.
“There could be some things that we fail to implement, and things we are taking for granted,” Pangilinan said in a statement asking to review the efforts of both agencies.
“There are certain minimum standards that we must always strive to achieve if we want the rest of the world to take us seriously in sports,” he added
You can read the full article by Natasha Gutierrez from Rappler here who did an email interview with POC President Peping Cojuanco aswell as some interesting comments below
Lance Armstrong plots move after ban (Aug 25, Manila Bulletin)
High-hopes-for-ph-paralympics-team (Aug 27, Daily Inquirer by Manalo R. Inigo): Roger Tapia, Isidro Villadosa, Marites Bruce, Andy Avellana
Read more below from pinoymiler article paralympics-ph-sends-9-athletes
Anvaya-triathlon-set-in-oct (Aug 22, Malaya), set on Oct 20-21 in Bataan.
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Part 2 (Aug 18)
Also a side not 11 of the 23 articles in the Philippine Star where about Basketball.
Garcia urges NSAs to go grassroots by June Navarro, Philippine Daily Inquirer
“What are the NSA’s doing to discover potentiols” asked PSC Chairman Richie Garcia.
The PSC chief also echoed PSC commissioner Buddy Andrada’s sentiments that overstaying NSAs leader without a notable track record in terms of athlete performance should now retire.
PSC Urges NSAs To Regroup by Nick Giongco, Manila Bulletin
In this article Garcia admitted that several NSA leader had become liabilities for the PSC but getting rid of them wasnt easy. This is because the PSC is hesitant to interfere with the election systems within each NSA. The PSC is trying to put more of the blame on the NSA’s and is disappointed with the performance of the team of 11 at the olympics.
Trillanes eyes probe on Phl sports woeful state by Marvin Sy, Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has called for an inquiry into the state of sportsdevelopment in the country in light of the dismal showing of Filipino athletes in both the London Olympics and the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).
Trillanes, earlier this week filed Resolution 838, said that the Senate committee on amateur sports competitiveness, of which he is the chairman, would conduct the inquiry to determine the issues hounding sports development in the country and if necessary, craft remedial legislation to address the problems.
“We recognize the talent of our Filipino athletes and their display of perseverance, dedication, moral courage, strength of character and competitive spirit in various athletic competitions. It is very evident, however, based on our recent performances in global and regional competitions, that our country is not at par with the Olympic competitors and lags behind our Southeast Asian neighbors as well,” Trillanes said.
Read more here
Cojuangco refuses to comment on Joseph’s case, by Joseph T. Ramos, Manila Times
A criminal case was earlier filed against Philippine Aquatics Sports Association President (swimming Philippines). Mark Joseph by teen swimmer Jerome Carpio. The complaint alleged that in February 2010, Joseph sent an email message to the Penampang Swimming Association of Sabah, organizer of a swimming competition held at the Kota Kinnabalu Sports Complex where Carpio, who was then 17, was a participant. In his letter, Joseph said that Carpio and the other participants were rule breakers who tried to circumvent the PASA and Federacion Internationale de Natation rules and that their identification and ages could not be warranted as truthful.
The Olympic gold and the Floreindo Formula, by Manny Pinol, Manila Times
And finally someone who finally has some constructive and critical feedback rather than accepting are losses at the olympic games.
PART 1 (Aug 17)
NEW LEADERSHIP FOR PATAFA FACEBOOK GROUP
A New facebook group titled ‘New Leadership for PATAFA’ in a short period of time has attracted over 1400 members. After the Olympic Games some very interesting links to news articles with comments have been posted. I have listed some of the articles with brief descriptions. As I felt this was better compiled into one post rather than divided into several as we can stick to are blogs focus point which is about the sport of Track and Field. Following up from my linkage to the Rappler Interview with Pepping Cojuanco. I have decided to compile the various articles into one post.
Sports politicians rule PSC, POC, NSAs by Gerry Carpio of the (Philippine Star)
This is a very interesting article which explains the differences in roles of the PSC and POC. And how in the past conflicting selection processes have led to two segregated teams being sent to SEA Games and various international meets. It explains how in the past the divisions have led to issues within the sport and confusion for the NSA’s
Read the Full Article Here
Failure Not an Option for NSA’s by June Navarro of the (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
PSC Commissioner Buddy Andrada is stating that the government will provide more funding to NSA’s, and in return NSA are expected to increase the number of medals at the SEA Games next year in Myanmar and perform better at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics. Among the ten listed priority sports is Athletics.
Read more here
POC President Cojuanco Says No need for Sports Summit by Joaquin Henson (Philippine Star)
POC President Peping Cojuanco has ruled out the need for a sports summit after the Philippines came back with no medals from the olympic games. This article provides a full analysis of the results of are Olympians and various reasons why they did not perform well or in some cases under performed. Pepings solution is simply grassroots bringing athletes from Palaro, Batang pinoy, National games etc taking them to Baguio City for training. How is this any different to what already is being done? He also states bring in nutritional information and sports science. Shouldnt this already be in place isnt this the role of the POC/PSC and NSA’s?. It is also suggested to set up a major facility at Clark which is a good iniative. The goal is to do well at the SEA Games next year and 2014 Asian Youth Games. It is good that the POC is targetting a youth level meet for once.
Read the Full Article Here
Peping says Don’t Blame the Athletes by Joaquin Henson (Philippine Star)
Another article by Mr Henson. Mr Cojuanco tells the public not to blame the athlete with this quote
If we don’t provide for the nutrition, strength and conditioning of our athletes, they can’t be expected to deliver. We’ve been left behind by other countries that put an emphasis on sports science. No doubt, we’ve got the potential to excel in sports but our athletes must be in the best physical shape. Like in any sport, you just can’t rely on talent alone.”
It seems by taking the blame of the athlete isn’t it then the responsibility of the PSC, POC or the NSA to provide this?
Read the Full Article Here
Nothing to be Ashamed of by Joaquin Henson (Philippine Star)
This article basically says forgive and forget and move on using constructive criticism. However should the people at the top who are not getting the results out of are athletes be given a ‘get out of jail free card?’
Read the Full Article Here