After a roller coast two years Mary Joy Tabal, 26 proved she deserved her place in the SEA Games lineup by taking the silver n the women’s Marathon. Tabal who is trained by Triathlete Philip John Duenas of Cebu a local coach who is not on the national coaching staff of PATAFA. In wet slippery miserable conditions Tabal timed 3:04.39 (well outside her personal best of 2:48.00 set in the 2013 December Milo Marathon Finals in Manila. Tabal was not happy with her time. The last time the Philippines won a medal in the SEA Games was back in 2009 when Jhoann Banayag became the SEA Games Champion.
The win went to Thailand, but surprisingly it was not race favorite and Olympic qualifier Thai-American Jane Vongvorachoti, who according to sources was forced to pull out due to leg pains. 35 year old Natthaya Thanaronawwat was the victor in a time of 3:03.25. Outside her best of 2:50.02.
Since the Women’s Marathon was introduced at the 1983 SEA Games when it was won in 3:02.46. The winning time in 2015 Singapore is the slowest winning time in SEA Games History.
The bronze went to Thi Thanh Hoang, 21 in 3:07.14. Last time the Bronze was 2:48.00. This will make it easier for the Philippines to qualify two women in this event in 2017 as 3:07.14 will serve as the new Bronze standard, compared to the 2015 Standard which was 2:49.01 from the last SEA Games.
SEA Games 2013 Silver Medalist Myint Myint Aye now 38 years old ended up fifth.
Credits: Photos by National Coach Sean Guevarra & Official Results from SEA Games Official Website.
|Berlin (GER)||25 Sep 2005|
|Chiang Mai (THA)||13 Dec 1995|