Pinoy triathletes win medals in Singapore (Oct 4)
From the Manila Times
Philippine Developmental Pool members Justin Liam Chiongbian and Vicky Deldio made waves for the country by winning bronze medals during the Cold Storage Singapore Triathlon held over the weekend.
The 14-year-old Chiongbian, who hails from Cebu and won honors in past local youth triathlon events, fought hard to finish at third place out of sixty-five competitors in the triathlon boys 13-15-years-old category (200 meter swim–10 kilometers bike–2km run) with a time of 28 minutes and 27 seconds. On the same category, teammate Sixto Lalanto of Cagayan de Oro squandered an early lead emerging from the swim and ended up finishing fifth place with a time of 29:07.
Vicky Deldio of Tri-Clark, aged 14, also proved her worth placing 3rd in the girls 13-15-years-old race which attracted thirty-five competitors representing ten nations. She clocked in a total 33:02, one minute behind the champion Zoe Natasha Bowden of Malaysia.
On the Boys 10-12-years-old race, 11-year-old Yuan Chiongbian (Justin’s brother) ended up at 4th place with 33:08 while on the distaff side Nina Francesca Villaba timed 39:20 for a sixth place finish.
Competing on foreign soil for the first time, the two Chiongbian brothers and Villaba are aspiring to qualify for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. All 13-15 youth triathletes, who are active participants of the TRAP’s SuperTriKids series, are now gearing up for the 2012 Batang Pinoy triathlon event which will be hosted by Iloilo City on December 7 and 8.
Alistair Brownlee Wins Gold Olympic Games Triathlon 29 minute 10km run! (Aug 13)
This is the second Triathlon article I have provided a link too. Pinoyathletics is generally a Track and Field site but due to are growing numbers of Triathletes, Duathletes and Ultra Marathon runners we have decided to occasionally cover other sports aswell. Understandably the Triathlon finished a few days ago but we had quite a lot of coverage of the Athletics. It is now time to catch up with are back log.
I was told the other day in the gym that 25-year-old Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain had run 29 minutes and seven seconds for the 10km run a respectable performance in any country for an individual 10k, only catch was it wasnt a set of fresh legs! this is quite impressive after a 1500m run and 43km cycle. This puts Brownlee in the same super endurance category of Lance Armstrong almost. I remember overseeing on the television Brownlee just powering away from the rest of field taking the lead solo on the bike section of Triathlon.
Alistair Brownlee’s time of 29 minutes 7 seconds in the 10,000m of the triathlon
was just 97 seconds slower than Mo Farah’s gold-winning time in the 10,000m
Olympic final. Brownlee’s time was quicker than Mykola Labovskyy’s in the 10,000m final. The
Ukrainian finished last in 29.32.
His 10km run was so fast that he said afterwards he is considering entering the 10,000m track and field event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
It was a close finish with Alistair at 1:46.25, Gomez 1:46.36 and Jonathan 1:46.56
Rejected Australian Triathlete Chris McCormack wins fourth World Title (Aug 4)
They said he wasn’t good enough for the olympics, os triathlete Chris McCormack has gone out and won a fourth world title. Rejected by Australia for the London Games, McCormack won the world long-course title in Spain today, adding to his two Iron-man world titles and an Olympic fistance crown. The 39-year-old just returned to longer distance racing after this crack at making the Games. Despite being the top-placed Australian finisher in a number of races earmarked as selection indicators for the Olympics. McCormack failed to make the cut. Today he covered the testing 4km swim, 120km bike, 30km run, course in 5hr29 47 sec.
Deemed just not give enough by Australia Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games. McCormack emerges victorious with 4th world title.
His webpage is here
After 40 Years Uganda gained its second gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Below is the story of the men who gained gold for there country.
John Akii-Bua (Video/Documentary): The First man to break 48 seconds in 400 Hurdles
(Aug 16) I saw this link to this brilliant Documentary from a friend who shared it. It tells the tragic-story of an olympic icon John Akii-Bua the first man to break 48 seconds in the 400 Hurdles and Uganda’s first olympic gold medalist (only recently did Uganda gain its second gold this olympics in the Mens Marathon).
Akii-Bua courage inspired future stars such as Edwin Moses (1976-1984) Olympic Champion. Without giving away too much of the video I will give some background Akii-Bua was from Uganda, we look back at the late 60s and early 70s when he partnered with a young upcoming English coach named Malcolm Arnold.
Towards the end of his career Uganda was taken over by Genocidal (mass killings) crazed Dictator Idi Amin. Akii Bua died in 1993 the circumstances are still not known.
Malcolm Arnold is still active in British Athletics coaching and went on to train Colin Jackson, Craig Pickering and Dai Greene among others, but to date his first student his still his greatest.
Kiprotich takes Marathon Gold in London 2012
(Aug 12) The Mens Marathon signalled the end of the Track and Field at the 2012 London Games.
Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich became the country’s second ever Olympic gold winner on Sunday when he took the lead in the men’s marathon, beating Kenyan rival Abel Kirui to the finish line by just under 30 seconds.
Kiprotich’s gold was only his east African nation’s second, the last coming 40 years ago when 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua struck gold at the Munich Games.
The Ugandan produced a devasting kick with 7km remaining to kill off any Kenyan hopes of a victory, going on to time 2hr 08min 01sec on the spectacular course around the streets of central London in hot and humid conditions.
Kenya completed the podium, two-time defending world champion Abel Kirui claiming silver in 2:08.27 and long-time leader Wilson Kipsang taking bronze in 2:09.37.
I thought before the race that either Kenya or Ethiopia would win,” said Kiprotich, who has moved to the famed Eldoret region of the Kenya’s Rift Valley to train with former world 5000m champion Eliud Kipchoge.
“I really didn’t think I could win it, but when it came to three miles to go, I decided to go for it. I’d stayed in touch and made my move.
“It was only when I crossed the line that I really believed I had done it. I’ve moved on from being an unknown. I’m happy now that I’m a known athlete.”
Marathon – M Final (source iaaf.org)
|3||2302||Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich||KEN||2:09:37||.|
|5||1226||Marilson dos Santos||BRA||2:11:10||.|
|8||1229||Paulo Roberto Paula||BRA||2:12:17||.|
|13||1222||Franck de Almeida||BRA||2:13:35||.|
|17||2315||Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai||KEN||2:14:49||.|
|34||1620||José Carlos Hernández||ESP||2:17:48||.|
|38||2014||José Amado García||GUA||2:18:23||.|
|42||2117||Kári Steinn Karlsson||ISL||2:18:47||.|
|50||1570||Miguel Ángel Almachi||ECU||2:19:53||.|
|56||2216||Methkal Abu Drais||JOR||2:21:00||.|
|68||2753||Mohammed Abduh Bakhet||QAT||2:25:17||.|
|78||2070||Ram Singh Yadav||IND||2:30:06||.|
|79||2905||Jean Pierre Mvuyekure||RWA||2:30:19||.|
|83||1412||Juan Carlos Cardona||COL||2:40:13||.|
|.||1407||Zatara Mande Ilunga||COD||DNF||.|
|.||2409||Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi||LBA||DNF||.|
|.||2717||Rui Pedro Silva||POR||DNF||.|
- Uganda’s Kiprotich wins marathon (bbc.co.uk)
- Uganda’s Kiprotich wins marathon gold (thehindu.com)
- Hero’s welcome for Uganda runner (bbc.co.uk)
- Marathon man Kiprotich ends Uganda’s long wait for Olympic gold (edition.cnn.com)
- The Second Medal (donotmentionthewar.wordpress.com)
- Kiprotich stuns rivals to claim gold for Uganda (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- Kiprotich’s remote small village in international spotlight (lutayaholmes.wordpress.com)
Rudisha Breaks 800m World Record
(Aug 10) David Rudisha became the first athlete to set a new world record on the track at London 2012 as he won 800m gold. It was the first world record in an 800m Olympic final since Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena set the mark in the 1976 final.
The 23-year-old Kenyan stormed to victory in his debut Olympic final to become the first man inside one minute 41 seconds, clocking 1:40.91.
Botswana 18-year-old Nijel Amos took silver, with another teenager, Kenya’s Timothy Kitum,17 in bronze.
Rudisha led the field with the first 400m in 49.28. Rudisha dragged the rest of the field through to Personal Bests and National Records, it was only Abubaker Kaki of Sudan who had to be contempt with a mere seasons best in seventh place.
But after breaking his own world record he believes he can go even faster.
He said: “After running two rounds before the final I got a little bit tired. I told the physio yesterday that I was feeling sore after the semis, so if I can get fresh then I can still improve on that.”
His pace was consistent throughout, clocking 23 seconds for the first 200m, 25 for the second, 25 for the third, and 26.1 for the final quarter.
Coached by Irish Brother Colm O’Conell who hails from Cork. Winning Olympic gold was not a new experience for St Patrick’s 63-year-old athletics coach. O’Connell lost count of how many world champions he has coached when the number passed 20. The man from Cork is, without doubt, the world’s most successful track coach but Rudisha, 23, is special even by his high standards. O’Conell first spotted Rudisha as a decathlete.
His racing ability though is the product of O’Connell who invited him to transfer to a school in his area when he noticed how well he ran 400 metres in a junior decathlon competition. Now, to use the Maasai title his tribe awarded him when he won his world title, he is surely the High Maasai Moran, ‘The Leader of the Community’. There was a gathering of 5,000 of his tribe and 1,000 of their bulls to celebrate his world title. It hardly bears thinking what will happen when the prodigal son returns this time.
800 Metres – M Final
|1||4||2319||David Lekuta Rudisha||KEN||1:40.91||(WR)|
- Coe Salutes Record Breaker Rudisha (prweb.com)
- Seb Coe reckons Usain Bolt would lose if he went head-to-head with David Rudisha (thesun.co.uk)
- Rudisha smashes WR, wins Olympics gold (capitalfm.co.ke)
- David Rudisha set the first world record at the Olympic Stadium to win 800m gold last night (thesun.co.uk)
- Live Sport Reports: Rudisha sets new 800m world record (walesonline.co.uk)
- David Rudisha Sets World Record in Men’s 800-Meter Dash Win (bleacherreport.com)
- David Epstein: World record leaves us wondering, how low can Rudisha go in 800? (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- London 2012 Olympics: Kenya’s David Rudisha storms to 800m world record (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘King David’ seeks to ascend to Olympics throne (capitalfm.co.ke)
- Zurich Diamond League: Aman Beats Rudisha, Blake and Bolt win (videos) (pinoyathletics.com)
Kenyan sprinter made to re-run 400m solo at World Juniors to qualify for Final.
Pirie Enzo, results from IAAF, link provided to Hurdler49
A Re-run in the Semi Finals
(Jul 15), Lets start off with what was a very interesting 400m event at World Juniors in Barcelona. According to an IAAF rule as the athlete wasnt properly settled in the blocks when the gun went off. Kenyan Alphas Leken Kishoyian was allowed to re-run the race again ‘SOLO!’. This is the first time this has ever happened at a major meet and opens up as thrilling a set of IAAF rules as the re-run ordered between Felix and Tarmoe after the US Trials. You can read all about it here on Hurdler49′s blog.
Kishoyian re-runs the 400 by himself
Kishoyian for the record finished 6th in the final in 46.19, a credible performance considering he had to run 3 times prior to this in the last 2 days leading up to the finals. Whereas everyone else ran twice.
400m Final and Results
|6||1||568||Alphas Leken Kishoyian||KEN||46.19||.||0.192|
|7||3||574||Boniface Ontuga Mweresa||KEN||46.50||.||0.321|
Meanwhile in the Mens 400m Final, Luquellin Santos who has a personal best of 44.45 has emerged on the scene from the Dominican Republic. Perhaps as much a phenom as the man who was the world junior champion before him and later became world champion from Grenada Kirani James. Santos went onto win the event by more than half a second in 44.85 hardly breaking a sweat with Arman Hall of the United States second in 45.39. Third was so close between the other American Aldrich Bailey and Steven Solomon in 45.52, that they couldn’t even separate it by 1000th of a second so the organisers awarded both of them the bronze medal. ‘Imagine how interesting it would be if they made them both run off for the bronze?’
Santos easily takes the world junior 400m title in 44.85, with a tie for bronze between two runners.
Article by Pirie Enzo..
Our other representative in the Track and Field Rene Herrera may have finished last and well beaten in heat one of the mens 5000m. He was 21st of 21 runners or 42/42 overall. However Herrera did his best to record a personal best with a time of 14:44.11.
The performance was a big improvement on the time of 14:51.40 he ran at the Philippine National Games in Bacolod last year. It also catapults Herrera from tenth to sixth on the all-time ranking list even surpassing his mentor and coach the Great Mario Castro.
For Herrera however having won the sea games steeple chase five consecutive times from 2003-2011 the 5k was not his primary event. As the Steeple Chase was limited to a set number of entries?. The 5km Heats were topped by Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia in 13:15.15 who won heat two, Heat one (which included Rene) was won by Hayle Ibrahimov an Ethiopian born runner for Azerbaijan in 13:25.23
Full results can be found here
Philippine Mens All-Time List 5000m
|1||13.58.43||Eduardo Buenavista||13/10/1978||Busan, Korea||10.10.2002|
|2||14.00.26||Hector Begeo||19/6/64||Melbourne, Australia||23/11/1995|
|3||14.19.20||Julius Sermona||12/7/1978||Korat, Thailand||07/12/07|
|4||14.43.5||Nelson Encabo||7/11/1972||Cebu City||14/12/1997|
|5||14.43.5||Seguindo Cardenes||29/4/1971||Cebu City||14/12/1997|
- Rene Herrera takes crack at 5,000m (sports.inquirer.net)
- Farah on track for double (iol.co.za)
- Runner’s World Philippines: Special Beginner’s Guide (ulikblogrunner.wordpress.com)
- Grab A Copy of Runner’s World Philippines Magazine Jul-Sept 2012 Issue: Triathlon King Arland Macasieb Is On The Cover (kalongkong.wordpress.com)
- 2012 Philippine Mens 5K Ranking List (pinoyathletics.com)
- Two Gold Medals for RP Team on second Day of Thai Open (pinoyathletics.com)
Article by Pirie Enzo
One of our countries greatest ever track and field athletes succumbded to the high level pressures of tough international competition at the Olympic Games. Long Jumper Marestella Torres leap of 6.22m unfortunatley meant she would not qualify through to the womens final. A leap of 6.40m was probably well within Torres ability as she holds thes SEA Games record with 6.71m. Lets not forget however this is the added pressure factor of Olympic Games and anything can happen.
Alot of athletes in the long jump had underperformed including Beijing Bronze Medalist at the last olympic games Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria whose 6.34m was 2 places above Torres saw her also not advancing to the finals this time. Local favourite Shannon Proctor pleased the crowd qualifying with the best leap of 6.83m.
Torres leaps of 5.98,6.15 and 6.21 (-1.5), (-0.5) (-0.4), while the first jump was into a bit of a head wind the next two jumps there wasnt much wind. Torres finished 11/16 in Group A and 22/32 overall.
This was Torres second olympic games in Beijing she only reached 6.17m, she has also participated at the world championships level.
Long Jump – W Qualification Qual. rule: qualification standard 6.70m or at least best 12 qualified.
|1||1873||Shara Proctor||GBR||6.83 Q||(-0.3)||.|
|2||3095||Karin Mey Melis||TUR||6.80 Q||(0.2)||(SB)|
|3||2897||Elena Sokolova||RUS||6.71 Q||(-0.3)||.|
|4||1191||Nastassia Mironchyk – Ivanova||BLR||6.66 q||(-0.8)||.|
|5||2869||Lyudmila Kolchanova||RUS||6.57 q||(-1.0)||.|
|6||3312||Brittney Reese||USA||6.57 q||(-1.3)||.|
|7||2957||Ivana Španovic||SRB||6.41 q||(-1.2)||.|
|1||3284||Janay DeLoach||USA||6.81 Q||(-1.8)||.|
|2||2407||Ineta Radevica||LAT||6.68 q||(-0.4)||(SB)|
|3||2882||Anna Nazarova||RUS||6.62 q||(-1.3)||.|
|4||1784||Éloyse Lesueur||FRA||6.48 q||(-0.6)||.|
|5||1197||Veronika Shutkova||BLR||6.40 q||(-0.1)||.|
|7||1245||Maurren Higa Maggi||BRA||6.37||(-0.1)||.|
- 2012 London Olympics: Schedule of Events of Filipino participants (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- Party’s over for PH Olympians (sports.inquirer.net)