Brandon Thomas defends Airforce grip on the century dash
Brandon Thomas ensured for the second year in a row Phil Airforce A took the Mens National title in the 100 Meter Dash. The Fil-Heritage sprinter succeeded his good friend Eric Cray as the National Champion of the Philippines. Cray who has secured automatic qualification to the SEA Games did not participate at the meet.
On a sunny afternoon at Santa Cruz Laguna, the 25 year old Thomas blasted out of the blocks, leaving the field 3 strides down at half way. However he started to woble and swing side to side the last 50 meters a grimmace of pain appearing on his face as he threw himself over the line to win the national championship in 10.80 seconds. Just outside the 10.72 and 10.76 times he registered yesterday.
The Burly black 5’7 athlete from Texas, was now the national champion of the Philippines. Thomas mother who hails from Angeles city and father was an Airforce Service Man was cheered on by friends and relatives. Then was quickly rushed to the medics who put ice on a hamstring strain. His times were good enough to earn him a spot in the SEA Games 4×100 relay teams. And it places him third in the rankings behind Fil-Heritage athletes Eric Cray (10.52) and Bryan Mercado (10.59).
Thomas who had not ran since 2012 until 2 weeks ago and opened with a miserable 11.11, proved he was a worthy part of the team.
Well i won here but i will goto the SEA Games in the relay. Probably after a month im ok to run again. Said Thomas to reporters with ice strapped to his leg.
Edwards of Malaysia who was second to Cray at the National Games last year wound up silver again with 10.89. Edwards has a Filipino mother but opts to run for Malaysia. Bronze went to Rodquem Maullon the 2014 NCAA Bronze medalist in 11.03, Maullon had improved his best time to 10.94 in the semis. Noli Torres the 2014 PNG Bronze medalist was fourth in 11.04 after improving his best time to 10.97 in semis. SEA Games Decathlon Champion Jesson Cid who was only playing individual events here was fifth in 11.06.
Jomar Udtohan regained his junior national title after an injury last year with a time of 10.93. This is Udtohan last year in the junior division before he moves upto face the big boys. Jason Alexter of Sabah pushed him all the way to the line with a time of 10.96.
Ronmols Andawa (JRU) heaved the Shotput 15.40m to win the Junior Division just outside the 15.58m Junior Record of Eleazer Sunang.