In the women’s Long Jump. South East Asian Record Holder (6.71m) Marestella Torres (Philippines) a previous four times SEA Games Champion had to settle for a bronze. Hence the 34-year old mother of one made a comeback to the South East Asian Games after missing out on the 2013 edition to give birth.
Consequently it was unexpected improvements from two younger Jumpers, who had previously went 1-2 at the Asian Games that caused the surprise over the Philippines. Maria Natalia Londa, 25 of Indonesia the Asian Games and SEA Games 2013 reigning champion improved her personal best from 6.56m to 6.70m. The leap was good enough to qualify Londa for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bui Thui Dao of Vietnam, 23 the Asian Games silver medalist and SEA Games.bronze medalist last time, improved from 6.46m to 6.65m. Marestella Torres settled for the bronze with a 6.41m effort. Her team mate Katherine Khay Santos equaled her personal best to leap 6.40m to place fourth.
Londa winning leap was 6.39m last year. Consequently this year that leap would have only been good enough for 5th place meaning the depth of Long Jumpers in South East Asia is improving. Surprisingly in 2013 only three women leap over 6.00m now there are eight women over six meters. Eugenia Tan set a national record for Singapore in front of her home crowd.