Philippines Womens 4×100
The Philippine Womens 4×100 of Katherine Khay Santos, Princess Joy Griffey, Kyla Richardson and Kayla Richardson were unable to land a podium finish at the 2015 SEA Games. Hence the Womens 4×100 clocked 45.64 which was last of the six entries.
Khay Santos led off a brilliant first leg and passed the baton to Griffey in fourth position.
While Griffey ran a phenomenal back straight. Also Griffey was clearly in better shape than her fifth place finish in the 100 Meters on the first day. Yet she had withdrawn from the 200 meters to preserve herself for the relay. Hence Griffey looking for redemption hunted down Thailand and Vietnam and was slightly behind Zulkifili when they reached the third runner.
While Kyla did not take off well and Griffey nearly ran into her. At 50m Kyla strained her hamstrings and started to fall back to last place. When the baton finally got into Kayla Richardson’s hands the 100m Champion had a big gap of 10m behind the fifth place team. She ran after her with all she had and caught upto fifth but the race was gone.
The team clocked 45.64 which is the third fastest time ever by the Philippines just behind the 45.29 National Record set by R. Sinoro, E. Punelas, E. Ganosa, and L. De Vega at the 1991 SEA Games in Manila. With very minimal passing changes and a strain on the third runner this shows great promise in the years to come. The Philippines has not fielded a women’s relay team since the 2005 SEA Games, at that time the four runners didn’t finish when the last runner dropped the baton. The Philippines has never won the women’s 4×100 relay in the history of the games.\
Games Record for Thailand, Philippines Womens 4×100 6th
Thailand took the gold in a games record of 44.28, Vietnam was silver in 44.79 and Malaysia took bronze in 45.41. 45.64 which would have landed bronze last SEA Games was last place. This means the standard of this event is increasing dramatically due to world class foreign coaching, more international exposures, and passing practice. In order for the Philippines to place in the top three in 2017 we will need a team that can run below 45 seconds.
The good thing is we now have a women’s relay team which will undoubtedly inspire and motivate our next generation of women sprinters for many years to come.