JR Lasangue ties SEA Bronze mark
Article by Andrew Pirie
Meet Director 2015 Weekly Relays & ATFS Statistician
The Story of Day 1 of the Weekly Relay Finals had to be the inspirational performance of High Jumper Manuel JR Lasangue. He produced a personal best of 2.11m to win the Weekly Relay Finals at Pasig Ultra today. The mark of Lasangue 2.11m also surpassed the bronze medal of the 2015 Singapore SEA Games of Saifu Abdul Rahman of Malaysia.
The 26 year old Lasangue finally has a performance worthy of a start in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia and re-inclusion in the National Training Pool.
Lasangue who is working at Meralco and was representing the Philippine Airforce Alliance during the Weekly Relays was delighted at he improvement of his PB was quick to thank all the officials and coaches for there support.
After missing out on the 2013 SEA Games and failing to hit the SEA Standard in 2015. Lasangue who was removed from the National Team in 2014 due to no medal in two consecutive SEA Games
Lasangue previous best was 2.10m then training under coach Sean Guevarra in Dumaguete when he won the national title in 2012. Lasangue then equalled this with a 2.10m leap to win the National Open Title in March. Unfortunately the mark did not surpass the 2.13m required for the Singapore SEA Games.
Lasangue had worked under coach Sean and then coach Roselyn in the national team but for a while has been to the knowledge of pinoyathletics primarily self trained.
At the end of the day Pinoyathletics and Philippine Airforce Alliance is very happy for JR Lasangue and his performance and encourages the appropriate people that he does deserve another chance in the National Team to prove himself once again.
By allowing an athlete who can hit the standard to rejoin the team sends encouragement to the younger athletes and to the athletics community. That just because PATAFA has closed the door on an athlete. The door will not always be closed if the athlete can improve there performance.
The Philippines was represented by Fil-Heritage athlete Tyler Ruiz in the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games who finished 4th and 6th place in this event. The last medalist from the Philippines in the SEA Games was Sean Guevarra also of Iloilo and now a national head coach whose best finish was a silver medal.
Lasangue finished ahead of SEA Games Decathlon Bronze Medalist Janry Ubas (FEU) 2.00m and UAAP Champion Margo Quilo (FEU) 2.00m. Please note if Quilo who has now leapt 2.00m 3 times had been sent to ASEAN School Games he would have secured at least a bronze medal and possibly a silver.
Lasangue hails from Tigbaunan, Iloilo. He attended the Western Institute of Technology for his education under the legendary coaching duo of Seballos and Noel Diel. The duo who went onto produce many national athletes and SEA Games champions for the national team. Lasangue was tapped and discovered for the National Team when he leapt 2.00m at the Iloilo Uni Games in 2009 then 20 years of age.
Lasangue is 4th on the Filipino All Time List for High Jump behind Guevarra (2.17)and Fil-Heritage athletes Luis Juico (2.16) who still holds the junior record and Ruiz (2.13m).