World Youth Champs 2015 (Full Summary) 8 athletes qualified for Philippines?

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World Youth Champs 2015 (Full Summary) 8 athletes qualified for Philippines?

Qualfiying Criteria
Will be held in Cali, Colombia in South America. July 15-19

Official Meet Website

As of now a team has not been nominated as the selection period has not started yet.

This is only for athletes born in 1998 and 1999.


Who hit the Standard?

The Following Athletes hit the WYC Standard

  1. Kayla Richardson 100m (11.65 , 12.30) / 200m (23.67, 25.35) /400m (56.52 . 57.20)
  2. Kyla Richardson 100m (11.83, 12.30)
  3. Zion Corrales Nelson 200m (24.15, 25.35), 400m (54.18, 57.20)
  4. Karen Janario 200m (25.21, 25.35)
  5. Jieann Calis 800m (2.12.27, 2.14.0)
  6. Anjelica De Josef 800m (2.13.9, 2.14.0)
  7. Jerry Belibestre Long Jump (7.26, 7.25)
  8. Alexis Soqueno 400m Hurdles (54.54, 54.80)

Originally only 2 athletes were budged for the meet. With the key qualifiers being Zion and Kayla it wasnt expected by the athletics association that more than two athletes were qualified. Hence there was enough funds budgeted. Kayla Richardson ended up going but she ran in the 200m only after a long tiring season (read about her below).

Kyla Richardson and Zion Nelson also qualified but withdrew nearer the last minute due to injuries.

Janario was not able to substitute as she has only recently acquired a passport and because Nelson was entered in the 200m also and withdrew later was unable to proxy in.

Calis is still in the process of acquiring a passport. Anjelica was not added but has a passport.

Belibestre was recommended but his trip wasn’t approved. Soqueno was also endorsed but also wasn’t approved.

On a postive side we need to recognize we are now getting more young athletes who can qualify to world youth so in future to learn from this we can present more exposures.

Kayla Richardson qualifies for next round of 200 at WYC in Colombia


SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson qualified 14th of 23 to the Semi Finals at the World Youth Championships. Certainly not a token entry the young ‘Fil-Heritage’ sprinter battered the qualifying standard when she ran a time of 23.67 in Singapore at the heats of the SEA Games, she landed a Silver medal in the SEA Games 200m Finals.

This performance battered the 25.35 qualifying requirement required to play at World Youths.

Last year Kayla became the first of two athletes in the History of the World Juniors to meet the qualifying criteria for the Philippines in the 100 and 200m Dash. She finished 5th and 4th in her heats failing to make it to the finals. But the experience helped her for the SEA Games and this meet.

This time Kayla chose to focus on the 200m Dash. The Philippine Junior Record held since De Vega in 1981 is 23.54. Kayla holds the Phi JR Record at 11.65 which she set this year to break the 11.75, 2004 Junior Record of Princess Joy Griffey.

In Cali Kayla clocked 24.41 (-0.6) in heat 2 to comfortably qualify to the next round which will be held at 6.45pm local time. Kayla finished behind Estellle Rafai of France 23.91 who holds a PB of 23.85.


In the Semi Finals Kayla is in heat 3 of 3. The top two athletes in each heat and the next two fastest will progress to the final. Kayla has drawn the very difficult lane eight. A similar situation to the SEA Games when the organizers placed here in lane seven and team management of Philippine Athletics didn’t make an attempt to challenge the decision in Singapore despite the fact she was the fastest qualifier to the finals and should have drawn lane 4-5-6.  A move which probably cost the Philippines the gold.

semi3 wyc kayla

Richardson has Lauren Rain Williams in her heat from the USA whose best is 23.16, and Shaneli English of Jamaica 23.38, These two are the only ones with better personal bests than Kayla. The other strong athlete is Nikola Bendova of Czech Republic with 23.76 PB the only other runner in the race with a sub 24. These girls have drawn 4, 3, 5. Its going to be tough and Kayla will have to run near her PB or beyond it to get through to finals to get one of the two slower qualifying spots for finals. The first heat has 2 sub 24s girls, the second heat has 4 including WYC 100m Champion and Youth Record Holder (10.98) Candace Hill who is the fastest in the competition with a 23.05 PB. There are 10 athletes who have ran below 24s going for 8 spots in the final.

She will need to run a sub 24 to qualify to the final. said coach and father Jeffrey Richardson via facebook.

Richardson out in 200m Semis World Youth Champs



SEA Games 100m Champion, Kayla Anise Richardson was not able to progress through to the finals of the World Youth Champs in the 200 Meter Dash. Running in the difficult lane 8 Richardson wound up sixth place in 24.41 in heat 3, duplicating the time she had ran in the heats the previous day. It was far from Richardson best time of 23.67 which she ran in the heats of the SEA Games in Singapore.

A performance of 24.07 was required to advance which was within Richardson’s ability. Lauren Williams (USA)  ran the fastest qualifying time to win heat 3 in 23.03 PB. Her team mate 100m Champion at this meet Candace Hill won heat 2 in 23.21 and Estelle Rafai (France) who had won Kayla’s heat yesterday won the first heat in 23.72 PB. The top 4 athletes in Kayla Heat 3 advanced to the finals for tomorrow.

Richardson finishes 18th out of the 24 Semi Finalists at world youth champs. This is here last major meet of the year and a long tiring season that began in January has now ended for her.



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