2015 Asian Grand Prix
2015 Asian Grand Prix – First leg Bangkok
Three Athletes represented the Philippines at the Asian Grand Prix. I question why the Asian Athletics Association only invited these three and not others? due to the fact we had some good performances at the recently concluded South East Asian Games. E.g. Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson not given invitations?
These three athletes Khay Santos (100m), Archand Bagsit (400m) and Edgardo Alejan (400m) saw action today at Suphachalaai Stadium about 90 minutes from Bangkok, Thailand in the first leg. The next legs all held in Thailand will be TUSC on June 25, and Chantaburi Province on June 29. (info c/o Khay Santos)
2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit was put in the first heat with non-SEA Athletes. Archand who strained his groin in Singapore last week in the 400m and wasn’t able to qualify to finals and defend his SEA Games title, ran a time of 47.82 for 7th place in the A Race. This time was better than the 48.78 he registered in Singapore last week, but still outside his seasons best of 47.26 from the National Games and PB of 46.88 from the Asian Games last year.
The B Race was won by Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam the SEA Games silver medalist from last week in this event who clocked 46.73, behind the 46.02 he ran last week. Edgardo Alejan who took Bronze last week at the SEA Games clocked 47.71 a bit faster than Bagsit’s run today, but still outside his seasons best of 47.00 in Taipei, 47.08 at SEA Games and PB of 46.96 set in September 2013 of 46.96. A very tired Thai Trio ran around and under 50 seconds with SEA Games 400m Champion Sukkaew showing signs of fatigue after clocking 46.00 seconds to win the SEA Games.
Not the best run from ‘The Dude’ who finished last in the B Race, perhaps still recovering from the SEA Games. Hopefully she can pick up from here and do better in the next 2 rounds.
Asian Grand Prix Round 2: Alejan near PB in 400m
The second leg of the Asian Grand Prix kicked off at Panthumthani on 25.06.15. SEA Games Bronze medalist Edgardo Alejan won the B-Race in a time of 46.96. The 29 year old came within .01 of his career best performance from September 2013 when he won the Thai Open in 46.95. It was a repeat of the Thai Open as he again beat his training partner 2013 SEA Games Champion Archand Bagsit. Bagsit who hurt his groin in the heats of the SEA Games and was unable to defend his title came back with a 47.26 clocking tying his seasons best when he won the national open in March.
The A-Race was won by Indian Rajiv Arokya of India in the very fast time of 45.85, with Sajjad Hashenianangri also dipping under 46 in 45.98. SEA Games silver medalist Quach Cong Lich (Vietnam)was fifth in 46.42 (outside his 46.02 PB from the SEA Games but better than his time of 46.73 a few days ago in the 1st Leg he won the B-Race and got promoted to the A-Race. SEA Games Champion Kunnanon Sukhaew (Thailand) who injured himself in the first round did not start.
Khay Santos was again last in the Womens B-Race this time in a slightly faster 12.29, than her 12.36 last week. Kath better known as a long jumper PB is 11.99 from the National Open were she won last March.
Asian Grand Prix Round 3
The final leg of the 2015 Asian Grand Prix finished in Chanthanburi, Thailand today. All three legs were staged in Thailand.
SEA Games Silver Medalist QUACH Cong Lich finally took a win in the Mens ‘A’ Race with a new National Record of 45.99, improving on his 46.02 mark at the SEA Games earlier this month. Filipino’s Archand Bagsit and Edgardo Alejan were the Best of the ‘B’ Race finishing 1-2 in 47.56 and 47.65.
In the womens 100 Meter Womens ‘B’ Race Khay Santos finished ahead of one athlete this time in a time of 12.49 (-1.9). Exactly half a second away from her personal best.