Article by Andrew Pirie
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17 year old Jose Jerry Belibestre crowned himself the ASEAN School Games Long Jump Champion. Hence setting a new PB of 7.47m. Also Belibestre the SEA Youth Champion and Asian Youth Bronze medalist. Hence improved on his silver medal finish from 2014 in Marikina.
While Belibestre was consistent with his jumps adding a staggering 21cm onto his best jump. Yet his leap of 7.47m was just 8cm away from the National Junior Record of Joebert Delicano 7.53m (he will have until Dec 31 of 2017 to break this mark). Jerry dominated the field of a Thai (7.09) and a Malaysian jumper (7.04). While the other participant from the Philippines Martin Esteban was fourth in a new PB of 7.01m.
Also it was a very consistent day for the Bacolod based Belibestre. Most noteworthy he had five of his six leaps above his previous personal best.
Series foul 2nd 7.28 3rd 7.33 4th 7.47 5th 7.38 6th 7.43
Also Pinoyathletics.info would like to congratulate our good friends from Bacolod. The hard working brother/sister team of Miguel and Addy Arca the foster parents/dedicated coaches of Jerry.
Pinoyathletics.info is proud that the spike shoes Jerry wore were a donation from us to him.
We would also like to thank Mr. Benigno Marayag for donating a new pair of spikes to Jerry Belibestre. “Helping young piglets grow into Big Strong Boars”
While Jerry is also a product of the Grass Roots Program of the PSC. The Batang Pinoy which provided him the necessary experience for the Palarong Pambansa. wHILE Batang Pinoy is 15 and under and Palaro is 17 and under age bracket.
Belibestre is concrete proof that athletes do not need to train in Manila to become international champions if they are guided well by dedicated and caring coaches.
Jerry opted not to take up college in Manila. And if he joins the national training pool would like to stay under the care of the hard working Arca coaches. His performance of 7.47m ranks him third against the seniors with Julian Fuentes 7.53m and Donovont Arriola 7.51m already making the qualifying mark for the 2017 SEA Games. Jerry would need to be in the top 2 ledaing upto SEA Games to compete in the Malaysia SEA Games in December of 2017.