The Only athlete to improve there personal best performance on Day 1 was Julian Reem Fuentes in the Long Jump. Fuentes who is mentored by Veteran coach Joseph Sy of Benilde improved his PB from 7.60 at the PNG to 7.69 meters. He finished behind Ming Tai Chan of Hong Kong who broke the championship record with 7.99 meters.
Fuentes the 21 year old Ilocano is hoping to join the 2017 SEA Games, after missing out in a three way dance last time. He has already exceeded the silver medal standard of 2015.
Thao on Top this time
It was an interesting reunion of the SEA Games medalists. This time the Silver medalist Bui Thi Thao of Vietnam was victorious with 6.59m, still chasing the 6.70m olympic standard. Marestella Torres who had leapt 6.60m in Pasig at the Nationals a few weeks ago could only manage 6.40m this time. However she still was able to beat Maria Londa 6.38m the SEA Games champion who has already made the olympic standard.
Torres still has not met the olympic mark of 6.70m, and will rely on taking the wild card spot for women if she cant hit the qualifying mark before July 11.
Golds but not personal bests
Meanwhile 37 year old former SEA Games Champion Rosie Villarito made the most out of being the little boss of a field of two athletes. Just needing to throwing 43.61m to land the gold. Mervin Guarte added the second gold winning the 1500 in 4.02.72, very far off his 3.47.65 national record.
Edgardo Alejan Jr. took the Gold in the Mens 400 in a time of 47.10 (just outside his 46.89 PB from the National Open).
The fourth gold came from Christopher Ulboc Jr. who plodded to the line for an easy win in 9.36.23, far from his PB of 8.56 from last year at this meet.
Melvin Calano took bronze in the Javelin in 64.29m, not able to match his 68.75m PB at the National Open.
Clinton Kingsley Bautista ran 14.55, outside his best of 14.22 set in 2014 ASEAN University Games to finish 5th in the 110 Hurdle Finals.
Isidro Del Prado Jr. was ranked 19th in the 100 Heats in 10.98, but wound up 20th in the Semis with an 11.15 clocking. The Mens 100 was won in 10.40 by SEA Games bronze medalist Iswandi of Indonesia, over Jirapong Meenapra (Thailand) 10.43 (2013 SEA Games Champion) and SEA Games silver medalist Boby Yaspi (Indonesia) 10.52. No Singaporean made the 100 Final for Mens.