All these articles are solely by Andrew Pirie, ATFS Statistician and pinoyathletics editor. 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.
Womens 200m Dash
No Methodology required for selection for Philippine Team in this event as only 2 qualifiers.
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The 200m is a 3 way dance for the Gold, Silver, Bronze. With Vu Thi Huong the SEA Games champion retired, when the dust settles a new SEA Games Womens 200m Champion will be crowned.
First the home ground girl the dashing Teenager Shanti Veronica Pereira. The 19 year old National Record Holder is one of the countries big hopes for the SEA Games. She has the fastest legit time in the finals. In 2013 made both sprint semi-finals in the world youth championships. She has however established herself as a much stronger 200m runner making the World Junior Semi-Finals in the half lap event, in a slightly wind aided 23.87 (+2.1).Her best time of 23.99 -0.3 was last year at the Taipei Open. This year she clocked 24.00 -0.4 at the Singapore Open and 24.04 for silver at the Taipei Open. If Shanti can pull off a win her it will be historic as Singapore has not won this event since they joined in 1959. Shanti finished fourth at the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw.
However Shanti despite having the home crowd advantage is likely to be well challenged by strongly a tandem of Filipina Sprinters. At the top of the ranking list on legit times is Princess Joy Griffey, 28 the oldest in the field with a best time of 23.93 from last year. Griffey however has alot of work to do as her best time for this year is 24.56 (0.9).
In the best form of the three right now is another teenager 17 year old Kayla Richardson whose recent wind-aided run of 23.45 (+3.5), is the 2nd ever fastest time by a Filipina behind the National Record of Lydia De Vega (23.35). Richardson’s time of 23.45 +3.5 equates to around a 23.60 to 23.80 with 2.0 to 0.0 wind conditions putting her in the best shape right now.
Also note De Vega at 17 years of age won her first SEA Games title in the 200m Dash in the 1981 Manila edition with a time of 23.54 which still stands as the Philippine Junior Record. The first of four titles in this event 83, 87, 93. The last woman to win a medal in this event for the Philippines was Muros in 95.
Based on recent form #4-7 should make up the other finalists with one of #8-10 grabbing the last spot for the final. Nguyen Thi Oanh the only returning medalist from 2013 who took the bronze in 24.02 has a best time of 24.67, but could pull a surprise as she has mainly been training for the 400m.