SEA Games 2015 Womens 100m
SEA Games 2015 Womens 100m
All these articles are solely by Andrew Pirie, ATFS Statistician and pinoyathletics editor. Also members of the Press should seek permission to use these materials. As we have a copyright in place on items which are not general information. I will be in Singapore from June 5 to 15 covering the games.
SEA Games 2015 Womens 100m Dash
Four female athletes surpassed the SEA Bronze medal standard of 2013 set at 11.91. While only the top two were to be selected. Also noteworthy is that none of these women participated at the Philippine National Open Championships in Laguna 2015 in March.
2014 PNG Champion Princess Joy Griffey (11.62) at the PNG and National Junior Record Holder Kayla Richardson (11.65) recorded the two fastest times.They were followed by Kyla Richardson (11.83w) who will participate in the relay. Also UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rosales (11.90), who is not able to participate in SEA Games, due to on the job training.
Start list and Review
While Malaysia’s Zulkifili goes in as slight event favorite with her recent run of 11.3ht (-2.0) at the Ipoh, Perak Championships May 23 (source: Adriansprints.com). This performance was timed by Malaysia’s High Performance Director, Australian Robert Ballard. Hence the 11.3 is around 11.60-11.70 et at worst. Then take away 2 meters of wind and its easily around an 11.50et performance in neutral conditions. Yet take into account Singapore’s Sports Hub Stadium for the SEA Games has a closing roof. While the 22 year old Zulkifili came into some good shape claiming Silver at the ASEAN Uni Games in Palembang; she was narrowly behind the now retired 4x SEA Games Champion Vu Thi Huong of Vietnam 11.61 to 11.62. While Malaysia last won the SEA Games in this event 18 years ago with Govindasamy Shanti who holds the Malaysian National Record at 11.50 set 22 years ago. In conclusion Zulkifili recent times indicate she is capable of coming near to breaking this mark.
Zulkifili is followed by a tandem of US Based Filipinos. Philippines Princess Joy Griffey who has the fastest legit PB in the field with a time of 11.58 set in 2009. While Griffey is the oldest entry in the field at 28. Ironically Griffey is playing at her first SEA Games, abeit through no fault of her own. The second fastest women the Philippines had produced Griffey is the 2014 National Games Champion and clocked 11.62 in 2014, this year her best time is 11.71 at Mt Sac Relays. Hence the Philippines last won the 100m Dash at the SEA Games 20 years ago with Elma Muros.
While things are looking good for the Philippines namely due to the Fil-Heritage Program, initiated in early 2013. Another good find by Pinoyathletics and the PSC is Kayla Richardson whose recent timing in the last weeks leading to the SEA Games was 11.65 a new Philippine Record. The tallest at 5’9 and the youngest of the entries in the 100m Dash.
While Kayla has a chance to become the youngest female to win the 100m Dash at SEA Games.
And of course lets not forget the favorite for most of the qualifying period 2013 SEA Bronze medalist Tassaporn Wanakit. Whose victors Vu (05, 07, 09, 13 SEA Champion) and Klomdee (Thailand, 03 SEA Champion) have both hung up there spikes. Tassaporn who had extensive training in Germany was able to improve her best time last year to 11.62, and recently won the Taipei Open in 11.74.
Looking at the start-lists these four appear to be the ones who will battle for the Gold, Silver and Bronze. The other four finalists in the two heats of six will probably come from #4-10 on this list.