Four Filipino athletes again competed at the 2nd leg of the Asian Grand Prix at Konchanburi, Thailand.
Best improved was Rosie Villarito the 2009 SEA Games Champion who finished fifth in the Javelin with a Seasons Best perormance of 49.46m. Still however their is a long way to go before regaining her SEA Games title as the 2011 SEA Games champion Nacha Nahcan threw 51.89m during this meet.
Kat Santos landed fourth place in the Womens Long Jump with a leap of 6.04m.
Daniel Noval who set the National Record at 10.42 at the last grand prix this time finished seventh in the A Race with a time of 10.99 into a -1.9 head wind. The race was won by Ghasemi Reza of Iran in 10.32s.
Meanwhile Olympian Rene Herrera was unfortunatley not able to finish his race again, this time in the 3000m.
Other SEA Games competitors
SEA Games 2011 400M Champion Astrinyanto Heru finished third in the Mens 400m in 47.38
A splendid job by the Singapore Mens 4×100 team of Muhammed Elfi, Gary Yeo, Lei Cheng Wei and Amirudin Jamal,who posted the 2nd fastest time and ran a new national record looking good for the SEA Games Gold. They beat the Thai A Team who ran 39.83 and Thai B Team 40.15. A second rate Indonesian team without Wibowo,Fadlin or Burumi finished last in 40.49.
Two top quality Australian women teams participated in the Womens 4×100 with the A Team which included Olympic Gold Medalist in 100M Hurdles Sally Mclellan winning in 44.06. Thailands A Lineup clocked 44.70, Australia B 45.85, Indonesia 45.99, and Thailand B 46.78.
Special thankyou to Mr James Wong and Sha from Singapore Athletics for providing official results
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- Daniel Noval breaks the Philippines 100m Record (pinoyathletics.com)
Fil-Heritage 400m Hurdler Eric Cray again surpassed the legendary mark of the legendary Renato Unso the 1983 SEA Games Gold Medalist (51.26). Unso who was the second of three great SEA Games 400m Hurdles Champions was hich has eluded us for 18 years.
(Cray has submitted his passport to PATAFA and record process is under way)
The 400 hurdle record of Unso that had stood for 30 yrs in 1983, has been again surpassed by Eric Cray with 50.74 last weekend 04/04/13 taking out Heat 2 of the Florida Relays. His best time of 50.46 was done last year as this performance was outside the period of a passport being submitted it is not being considered a national record although it is greater than the recent performance. Cray now has a chance to regain the gold medal for the Philippines. When he submits his passport to PATAFA the legendary record of Unso could have finally been broken. This is the fifth time Eric has ran below 51 seconds he has ran 50.46, 50.56, 50.57, 50.66 (last year) and 50.74 this year.
Cray whose goal is to make the World Championships B Standard (49.60) will be competing at the Philippine National Games to solidify his commitment to making the Philippine Team. His best time is nearly one second faster than the 51.45 winning time by Vietnam at the 2011 SEA Games. He is just outside the bronze medal standard of 50.39 for the Asian Track and Field Championships.
- Monticalvo and Fil-Heritage athletes lead charge to PNG. (pinoyathletics.com)
- Alyana Shatters the Philippine Junior Record (pinoyathletics.com)
- Renato Unso the Heart Break Kid
Usain Bolt (“Lightning Bolt”) is a Jamaican sprinter and three-time Olympic gold medalist. Holding the world record for the 100 and 200 meter sprints at 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively, Bolt is a towering presence at 6’5″, 207lbs. Unlike the typical compact sprinter who needs 45-48 strides to cover 100 meters, Bolt only needs 40-41 strides. In this lens, I describe Usain Bolt workout routine and diet plan that helped him get so fast.
Weight program for a 40o metter runner / hurdler summer program.
from elite track forum
Speed days do the main lifts (Run in morning, lift in afternoon)
DAY #1- Powercleans 5×5 (Olympic Lift)
Back Squat 5×5 (Core Lift)
Bench 5×5 (Push)
Lat pull down 4×8 (Pull)
hyperextensions and Abs
aux lift (bis tris abs traps calves)
Day #2- PushPress (olympic lift)
Deadlifts (core lift)
Incline DB bench press (push)
Tbar Rows (pull)
hyperextensions and Abs
aux lift (bis tris abs traps calves)
Day # 3
Weighted dips (push)
Hang Clean (Olympic Lift)
Front Squats (Core Lift)
hyperextensions and abs
Then repeat this cycle
For the average person on the street who does not know much about Track and Field they probably still think that Lydia De Vega Mercado and Elma Muros Posadas are still in the national team. However Posadas is still keeping actively in between her coaching at UE by competing at Masters level athletics. Muros who was carrying an injury won the 100m in 13.87. The 45 year old UE Coach who has not competed for several years battled through this to win the gold medal for the Philippines once more.
The woman who succeeded Muros as SEA Games Champion in 2003, National Coach Lerma Elmira Gabito debuted in the M35 division. The 38 year old won the 100m and her winning leap of 5.50m in the Womans Long Jump was good enough to be ranked #5 in 2012 against athletes a decade or more younger. Gabito effort was a games record for W35.
Erlindia Lavandia who was the SEA Games Javelin Champion from 1977 to 1981, and 1985. Won the gold medal in the W60 Javelin and also in the Shotput
Victorina Calma won silver in the 800/1500m W35.
National 800m Record Holder John Lozada collected two silvers in the Mens 800/1500m event for Mens 35. While Antonio Chee improved his personal best to 3.80m to capture the silver in the M35 Pole Vault.
Brothers Emerson and Edward Obiena took Gold and Silver in the Pole Vault. National Coach Emerson at 48 years of age is still the defending nationa champion in that event although he didn’t jump so well here as he was carrying an injury.
In the M55 division former national hurdler Arnel Lobos was third in the Mens 100 Hurdles. National Coach Agustin ‘Danny’ Jarina won the bronze in the Mens Hammer. Aurora Ramos finished with silver in W50 100m.
Muros-Posadas leads PH track squad
Written by Cecil C. Noguera from the Manila Times
With the presence of long jump queen Elma Muros-Posadas, pole vaulter Emerson Obiena and thrower Erlinda Lavandia in the lineup, the Philippine delegation is looking to earn at least 10 gold medals.
“We are optimistic of our chances since we really have a strong lineup for this event,” said National Masters and Seniors Athletic Association of the Philippine chief Manny Ibay.
Muros-Posadas won a total of 15 golds medals during her stint in the Southeast Asian Games. She also claimed gold medal in the 2011 World Masters held in Sacramento California along with Obiena and Lavandia, who also topped their respective events.
Joining them are Elenita Punelas, Lerma Bulauitan-Gabito, Antonio Chee, Agustin Jarina, Arnel Lobos, Aurora Ramos, Cornillo Villarta, Edward Obiena, Helen Castillo, John Lozada, Jose Ang, Julio Bayaban, Lorna Vejano, Maria Jeanette Obiena, Margarito Banigued, Nenita Leal, Perla Lobos, Ray Prestoza, Renato Fontanilla, Reynaldo Tomas, Roel Ano, Rosejean Yparraguirre, Salve Bayaban, Victoria Calma and Wilfredo Adiaz.
“These athletes were victorious during their times and we’re thankful that they’re still there competing, giving honors to our country,” said Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association President Go Teng Kok.
28 countries more have confirmed attendance in the six-day meet with 25 events to be disputed in different age-groups.
We also had talk about possibly bringing back even more ‘Legends of the Past’ to the PNG.
It is my hope that this data will help the organization.These will be released every week to two weeks.Feel free to post any comments, questions, additions or corrections to this page, email@example.com or the Facebook Group.
- The Criteria cut off for the 400M 50.0 (ht) and 50.14 (et)
The 400m is the only sprint event where the Philippine men really feature in. Having won several titles over the years including Isidro Del Prado who was an asian champion. The Philippines enjoyed a streak of SEA Games Champions from 2001-2007 with Ernie Candelario (2001 & 2003), Jimar Aing (2005) and Julius Nierras (2007). The streak came to an end in the 2009 SEA Games, however 21 year-old Archand Bagsit finished with a closely fought silver in 2011.
Bagsit, Alejan, Bano and Nierras also were promoted to the gold medal at the SEA Games after Malaysia was disqualified when one of the four runners tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Bagsit leads this season scoring a new personal best of 47.44 during the Thailand Grand Prix. His consistent streak of sub 48 runs means he is probably the favorite for the sea games gold. The other runners have a bit more work to do to make the second individual spot for SEA Games the standard sits at (47.97).
Cid was the major change on the list he improved his personal best to 48.05 in the decathlon in Thailand, and ran faster than the three entered in the individual event Bagsit, Alejan and Nierras. Certainly as it looks the relay will be Bagsit, Cid, Alejan and Nierras. The total is around 3:12 based on seasons best now which is still only in Bronze medal contention.
Alejan improved his best time to 48.41 getting second in the Hong Kong nationals and new kid Cid who is aiming to make the Decathlon qualifier also ran a new personal best of 48.44 getting third at the Singapore Nationals, Nierras who placed fourth in Singapore improved his seasonal best to 48.51 a much better run than his performance at the PNG.
Other runners such as Junrey Bano who has already qualified for SEA Games in the Hurdles and Isidro Del Prado Jr. (49.01) who was second at the National Games must beat the fourth placed time of 48.51 to qualify for the relay.
The Standard for this year was 50.0 and 50.14et and is being lowered to 49.8 and 50.0et. However the Philippines is not close to its mens list of 2005 when they had seven sprinters, five locals Candelario, Aing, Nierras, Tanuan, and Marfill and two fil-heritage athletes Kashus Perona and John Alipio run below 48 seconds that year.
- Philippine Mens 200m Ranking List 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
- PHILIPPINE TRACK AND FIELD TEAM LIST TO THAILAND OPEN Nov 3-7 (pinoyathletics.com)
- SEA Games 2013: Minimum of five golds, maximum of nine for Philippines Track and Field (with Poll) (pinoyathletics.com)
- Philippine Mens 100m Ranking List 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
- El Cid Goes after SEA Games Decathlon Qualification (pinoyathletics.com)
- Womens 400m Ranking List (pinoyathletics.com)
- SEA Games 2013: Minimum of five golds, maximum of nine for Philippines Track and Field with Poll
- SEA Games PSC to send 17 priority atheltes to Australia
- SEA Games Criteria
- SEA Games Standards
- SEA Games Qualifiers (multi-merge)
SEA Games 2013: Minimum of five golds, maximum of nine for Philippines Track and Field (with Poll)
Article by Pirie Enzo
At the Last SEA Games the Philippine Athletic Community were holding their heads in their hands. The Philippines had a poor final performance of a mere three gold medals (one was awarded after the Malaysian 4x400m Team was disqualified when one of its members tested positive for a banned substance).
The Question arose where do we go from here to avoid a repeat from happening again?
Fortunately instead of being a continued pattern of performance this was a huge wake up call to the organization that something needs to be done, and something needs to be done fast.
Recently more ‘meetings of the minds’ have been happening between Go Teng Kok and coaches from the Athletic community to find an answer to this challenge. The PSC by helping fund seventeen of the medalists to Australia and Mr Jim Lafferty former head of P&G Philippines have even offered to help assist the sport. Third Party Organizations such as Run4Change, Hypersports, Laguna Provincial Government and Davao Athletics Sports Association have been very helpful in assisting and ‘supporting our athletes’.
Combine this also with the fact a new batch of Fil-Heritage athletes is emerging to help boost the team and lift the depth of locals in some events.
Minimum of Five Golds
The way I see it we have a chance of at least five secure golds.
Marestella Torres has been the SEA Games Champion four times, continuing the legacy left to her by De Vega, Muros and Buluitan. Since 1983 the Philippines has only conceded the victory once in this event to Vietnam in 2001. The experienced Torres is a two time Olympian and currently holds the SEA Games Record at 6.71m. She performs very well at this meet historically. However Indonesia Maria Londa is rapidly catching up with 6.55m Personal Best recently. It is the hope of the athletic community that Torres has one more fight left in her.
Another veteran looking at stitching up his sixth sea games title is Rene Herrera. The popular Olympian who befriended Mo Farah after the 5km race at the Olympic Games at 34 will be up against a pair of much younger Vietnamese runners who will be after his crown. Again the experienced campaigner I believe will lift the SEA Games 3K Steeple Title perhaps for the final time.
Newcomer Archand Bagsit who ran to a heroic silver medal in the Mens 400m last sea games has been on the improvement trail. Bagsit came back from fifth in the last 80 meters to run down his exhausted opponents to claim the silver behind Heru Astriyano of Indonesia. Bagsit who is ‘always ready’ ran below 48 seconds during each leg of the grand prix and in the process set a new personal best of 47.44. He also took the scalp of Heru during these races and later repeated this feat at Almaty, Kazakstan in the Asian All Stars. Heru however has ran a seasons best of 47.27. But the possibility of Bagsit dipping below 47 seconds is there especially now that he has some overseas training lined up.
The Mens 4×400 where awarded the Gold last sea games after one Malaysian runner caused the team to be disqualified for use of a banned substance. The Filipinos look at defending this title. So far the four quickest Bagsit, Alejan, Cid and Nierras seem to be up to the task with alot of spare tires in reserve in the form of other capable quarter milers.
The Final certain gold is Rosie Villarito the 2009 SEA Games Champion in the Javelin. Villarito who lost her women’s title last year (performance was worst throw in any competition), is very unlikely to miss out again as none of her throws before or since have been around that range. Prediction Villarito to regain her SEA Games title. But faces a strong challenge from 23 year old Bu Thi Xuan of Vietnam who recently improved to 49.80m. The more experienced Villarito should be able to overcome her opponent.
Stay tuned for next time as we will cover the four other possible gold medals for SEA Games 2013 in Myanmar.
PSC Will Fund 17 Priority SEA Games Medalists to Australia
(Sept 29, 2012) I was sent this message by PSC commissioner Jolly Gomez with his express permission to share this with the Athletic Community.
I had a good meeting with national team and coach Joseph about the Priority Athletes Program. We have decided to send our SEA games medalists to Australia for training starting January 2013 (either Darwin, Brisbane or Canberra). It will be a great opportunity for them to get valuable training in good facilities prior to the games. There are 17 athletes in all. PSC is paying for all the expenses.
I also approved a line-up of 30 athletes to compete in the Thailand Open on November 2-5. These include some medalists in the last PNG like Keizel, Wenlie, Pach and Cid. I would like to open this to more athletes on a “pay as you go” basis. If any athletes decides to join and is included in the line-up paying for their own way, and this athlete wins a medal. I will reimburse them all their expenses. Airfare, accommodation, meals.
We want a good team for the SEA games in 2013. And I am here to help. All the Priority Athletes will first go to Baguio for conditioning and training prior to their trip to Australia. Renovations to convert Phil Sports into a top quality track facility will begin right after the UAAP. Baguio will follow once this is complete.
Keep up the good work in support of athletics.
“We were once a great nation in South East Asia and Asia at Track and Field, now is the time for us to unite towards a common goal and that is for the betterment of our sport. We must ensure we have are best athletes chosen and best prepared for the challenges ahead at the 2013 SEA Games and 2015 SEA Games, and onwards. Let us build a legacy together which will be and remembered and continue long after we are gone.”
I will mainly deal with the topic in the blue for now, the topic in the red I do not wish to discuss at this point as I need to check with PATAFA in regards to confirm and authenticate the official list of athletes who have been approved by the PSC to goto Thailand. As I know some will be self funded and some will be covered by the PSC.
This is very good news for the sport, in the last few months the PATAFA, PSC and various other third party groups have been very productive in helping reform and support are Track and Field program. An article will be coming in regards to these various organizations soon as promised.
The fact that the PSC is willing to help lend a hand in the growth of Track and Field is very good news for Philippine Sports as Track and Field is a medal rich sport at SEA Games. The World Class facilities and sports knowledge from Australia will greatly benefit aour Athletes and they will be able to bring that knowledge back with them to help boost our athletic program when they return.
By the sounds of it they are taking neccessary steps also to upgrade facilities which are much needed.
Might I add I was both impressed and surprised that Mr Go Teng Kok is taking the lead in actively wanting to help with the reforms within the sport. This a link from Pinoymiler with more deatails in regards to the Meeting for Coaches to discuss issues with Mr Go Teng Kok with guest speaker Mr Jim Lafferty the former Head of Proctor and Gamble in the Philippines. This encouragement and sharing of ideas openly is greatly going to boost our National Sports and these ‘meetings of the minds’ is opening the doors to the athletic community.
So I send this message to the track community and those with nostalgia of yester year.
SEA Games Criteria according to the PSC
I had been advised by PATAFA coaches the PSC/POC will be the ones to decide on the qualification criteria for the SEA Games. Therefore I took the initiative and went to the government bodies to get the answer.
The PSC/POC has not been able to answer some simple questions I put forward to them for the last two weeks in regards to SEA Games qualification criteria. I had posted on their website, on there Facebook group and also sent them emails. These were my questions.
1) What will be the qualification criteria for SEA Games?
2) When is the qualification Period.
I also asked another question, which I don’t expect them to know straight away
3) Where and when is the PNG being held?
Without a concrete response statement from the PSC/POC any information listed below is now purely speculation. It’s very important that the PSC/POC do relay this information so there is no miscommunication/selection issues between the PSC/POC, PATAFA and the Athletic community. The Philippines in the past has gone off the bronze medal standard and a visit to the Singapore Athletics Association Website shows me they already have standards in place made available to the general public. Which proves to me that the Sports Association has already made it clear to the NSA what is required. Rather than leaving this matter to the last-minute of preparation. This table prepared below by are good buddies in the New Singapore Athletics Management Team shows the Singaporean Selection Criteria.
Going off the below logic (awaiting PSC Statement) Philippines has ten athletes qualified and one relay team 4x400m Mens. All four runners in the mens team combinded on seasons best times have exceeded the 3.14.90 required bronze standard with a total time of 3.12.80 this is not even considering rolling starts factor. Archand Bagsit and Marestella Torres are the only two athletes who have surpassed the gold medal standard so far. A complete list is available for download here.
**Update I received a reply from the PSC a few days ago (response in italics)
The PSC is not the group that accredits athletes for international competition. We are funding agency.
The decision on who to send to the SEA Games is up to the NSA (PATAFA) as determined by the coaches which is then endorsed to the POC.
This clarifies that the PSC is not involved in the selection process. Therefore conclude the POC sets the standards as guidelines and it is up to PATAFA to submit the initial lineup which the POC can approve. If the PATAFA submits a lineup which is ‘more along the lines’ of what the POC requires then for sure more athletes in theory should be approved.
Below is the Bronze Medal Standard Singapore is using to select their athletes.
2013 Selection Criteria for Singapore Athletics
|3000 Steeple Chase||08:52.23||08:55.91||08:57.88|
|3000 Steeple Chase||10:00.58||10:04.42||10:48.97|
ATHLETES QUALIFIED FOR SEA GAMES
Based on 2011 Bronze Medal Standards (see above)
List of Bronze Medal Standards can be found below Link
- Based on 2012 to 2013 qf period
- Keep a watch out for this list it will be updated.
400m Archand Bagsit 47.44 (47.53)
400m Hurdles Eric Cray 50.46 (51.45) 50.74 (2013)
LJ Henry Dagmil 7.71 (7.78 his own mark)
PV Caleb Monticalvo 5.05 (5.00) (needs to submit passport)
DECA Jesson Ramil Cid 6963 (6830)
10k Julius Sermona 31:09.44 (31:22.20)
HJ Manuel Lasangue 2.10 (2.08)
PV Julio Alorro 4.91 (4.70) (dual citizen) 4.82 (2013)
Mens 4×400 Actual 3:13.70 Bagsit, Alejan, Nierras, & Bano 3.13.70
Projected (Archand Bagsit (47.44), , Jesson Ramil Cid (48.05), Edgardo Alejan Jr. (48.41) Julius Nierras (48.51) 3:12.41 (3.14.90)
LJ Marestella Torres 6.62 (6.71 her own mark)
JT Rosie Villarito 49.46m (48.80) (2013)
HEPT Narcisca Atienza 5208 (5285 her own mark)
200m Kayla Richardson 23.84 (24.01 subj to age rule decision, needs to submit passport)
400m Timarya Baynard 55.10 (55.26) (Needs to submit passport)
PV Riezel Buenaventura 3.90 (3.90)
HT Loralie Sermona 50.23 (49.69)
5k Final Report
The highlight of the season in this event was a thrilling blanket finish with Baguio’s Floredeliza Donos edging out Mary Grace Delos Santos at the National Championships in a time of 17.44.84 to 17.44.85. With the much more experienced Jhoann Banayag in third. Unlike the 800 and 1500 these events are still dominated by athletes who are over the age of 25. Teenage Fil-Heritage athlete Jullie Wollrath also had a time not too far off the seniors which indicates good performances to come on the track from the 16 year old.
The cut off criteria remains at 19:30 for 2013.
Philippines 2012 Womens 10k to Marathon, 3k Steeples Track and Road Final Ranking List
Womens 10k to Marathon
In 2005 Mercidita Manipol who holds the Philippine 5k Record at 16:40.81 won the Gold Medal at the SEA Games in the 10k. Manipol then is now 31-year old Mercidita Fetalvero and still occasionally competes in road races. The 10k Record Holder is Cristabel Martes (34m40.3) now an employee of Runrio. Martes is the SEA Games Marathon champion in 2001 and 2005.
With the popularity of road running rising in the Philippines with more opting to run 5k and 10k on the road rather than the track there is a lot of potential for the possible development of the Womens 10k event. Not just from that source but a lot of Triathletes are very good 10k runners as well due to the overload of having to run two additional events.
Again Banayag originally from Davao was the countries fastest women in the 10k after losing her 5k crown. She improved her best time to place her #5 on the all time list. Zamboanga‘s Delos Santos also ran a personal best to place #6 on the all time list. Last years National Junior Record Holder Jessa Mangsat of Baguio did not break 40 minutes at the National Games this year.
The standard for 2012 was 43 min 30. But this is now lowered for 2013 to 43m00.
Womens 16.8k to Marathon
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Delos Santos once again dominated the Milo Marathon, with Jhoann Banayag second. Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal also had a very productive season.
3K Steeple Chase
The UAAP Champion Carmen Dalyn leads the list. In fact the top three times at the UAAP where faster than the National Games Champion Flordeliza Donos. The top three times are below the record. Contrary to previous announcements Carmen’s time 11:43.04 is actually not a new UAAP Record as Jean Palencia of USTwho holds the National Record actually ran 11:24.48 at the 2009 edition, second place Frejilyn Roncales also of UST clocked 11:41.73 which is the second fastest time in UAAP History.
It is my hope that this data will help the organization.
Feel free to post any comments, questions, additions or corrections to this page, email@example.com or the Facebook Page. In particular road running results all sets of data was not available for comparison..
- Motivated Middle Distance Runner Sarah Vitug Determined to represent the Philippines (pinoyathletics.com)
- 2012 Philippines Womens Ranking Lists 800m / 1500m (pinoyathletics.com)
- Suggestions for a Fair Selection process for RP Track and Field at SEA Games (pinoyathletics.com)
- Cebu City Half Marathon – Delos Santos and Tabal begin 2013 with Personal Bests over Half Marathon (pinoyathletics.com)
- Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon (pinoyathletics.com)
- Standards for 2013 Philippine Ranking Lists in Track and Field (pinoyathletics.com)
- Tentative list of Qualifiers for ASEAN Youth Games (Jun 4-8 Vietnam) (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