Christopher Ulboc retains Steeple Chase title

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Christopher Ulboc takes shirt off to celebrate his win.

Christopher Ulboc takes shirt off to celebrate his win.

Christopher Ulboc Jr., 25 continued the Philippines rich tradition of Steeple Chase champions defending his title at the 2015 SEA Games. Ulboc followed in the foot steps of Begeo (6) and Rene Herrera (5) and Buenavista (1). Former SEA Games champions with numbers of medals in brackets.

It was Purwanto of Indonesia who led until the last 220 meters. Purwanto had given Ulboc a neck to neck battle in the last 100m of the Singapore Open at the end of March. With Ulboc narrowly winning this race. At 220m Tien San Pham of Vietnam surged with Ulboc pursuing and Purwanto fading out of the picture not giving chase. Pham still led over the final water jump with Ulboc two strides behind. With 100m to go Pham was still a stride and a half ahead. Ulboc kicked again before the final barrier throwing himself over it and lunging forward. With 50m to go Ulboc knew he had won checking several times by turning his head back to look at Pham and raising his arms in the air continuously.

His time of 8:59.07 was slightly outside his 8:56 clocking in Singapore. Pham took Silver in a new personal best of 8:59.90, with Purwanto third in 9:06.41. Herrera faded back to 11th of 12 runners never really in the medal hunt during this race.

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