PNG Athletics Report: Men and Boys Sprints Review Cray and Bagsit (rev 1)

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Cray Targets National Record in Century Dash

Eric Cray ends a 28 year drought reclaiming the gold medal for the Philippines in the 400 Hurdles at the SEA Games in Myanmar.

Eric Cray will be looking at reseting the 100m Dash Record at the PNG. He currently holds the 110, 400 Hurdles, 60m, 60 hurdles, and 200m indoor records.

The fire will be on the centre piece Mens 100m dash which will see two SEA Games champions from very different events. SEA Games 400 Hurdles Eric Cray will run the 100m dash. Cray’s best time is 10.47 (+3.4) and 10.52. He is aiming to break the Philippines 100m Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon 10.45 set in 2007. While this is twenty six year olds first time to participate in this event at National Games

Dagmil, 33 is the 2010 and 2012 champion in this event the three times SEA Games Champion has a personal best of 10.71. Also returning to the event will be half-filipino Eddie Edwards of Malaysia who was seventh in the SEA Games final in this event, Edwards’s holds a best time of 10.62 and won the PNG 2011 and 2013 editions.

Also likely to feature strongly will be Anfernee Lopena the NCAA Record Holder and last year’s junior champion (10.73), Daniel Noval the National Junior Record Holder (10.65) and PRISAA back to back champion Noli Torres.

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Bagsit eyes 200/400m Double

Years of hard work pay off for Archand Bagsit as he continues the legacy of Filipino SEA Games champions in the 400m.

Years of hard work pay off for Archand Bagsit as he continues the legacy of Filipino SEA Games champions in the 400m.

In the 200m dash SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit (21.67) will try and regain his 2012 title. He has been provided a strong opponent from Singapore Jamal Amirrudin (21.42 PB) who was third in the SEA Games 100m, but this time will focus on the 200m dash. Completing the lineup will be Lopena (22.05) who won the juniors of this event last year and Jose Unso (21.96) last year’s silver medalist.

Meanwhile in the 400m Dash the well coveted relay spots will be up for grabs. With SEA Games Silver medalist Edgardo Alejan Jr. out with an ankle injury and looking for a speedy recovery for Asian Games. The leader in this event is Archand Bagsit (47.11) the SEA Games Champion.  Bagsit will be joined by two other members of the gold winning 4×400 relay team,  Isidro Del Prado Jr. (48.02) the UAAP and Uni Games Champion and the veteran 35 year old Julius Nierras (47.68, PB of 46.56 2007) the 2007 SEA Games Champion.

Also upcoming youngsters, last year’s Junior Champion Ryan Bigyan (48.4) and back to back PRISAA Champion Joan Caido (48.6) look to make an impact in their first year in the senior division.

A Rematch in the Junior Sprints

Jomar Udtohan of NCR wins the 400m at the expense of his team mate Jaime Mejia.

Jomar Udtohan of NCR wins the 400m at the expense of his team mate Jaime Mejia.

The Boys 100m dash is likely to see a rematch between the top 3 finishers at the 2013 Palaro in Dumaguete it was Lirasan, Nor and Udtohan in that order in a controversial photo finish. In Dumaguete it was Lirasan, Udto. Jomar Udtohan who was third in that race is now the favorite having best times of 10.88 and 22.05 for the 100 and 200m Dash. Romnick Nor of Northern Mindanao now UST the UAAP 100m Silver medalist, and Christopher Lirasan of Bacolod silver medalist at PRISAA. The 3 boys will also match up in the 200m dash.

Udtohan is also showing huge promise in the 400m where he recently broke the Palarong Pambansa record (national high school record) with 48.7. The 17 year old who is coached by Gando will be up against last years Silver Medalist Reymond Alferos of Mapua (49.12), Lirasan (49.66) who was fourth in this event last year and Jaime Mejia the UAAP High school reocord holder (49.46).

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