RP Team: Kazakstan All Stars, Hong Kong Invite (merged)
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