2016 Singapore Open Start Lists Athletics
Sunang and Obiena after olympic qualifier
Olympic hopeful Marestella Torres Sunang will need to tie her national mark of 6.71m, to surpass the Olympic qualifier of 6.70m. Torres mother of one wound back the clock with a 6.60m jump at the age of 35. Torres was third at the last SEA Games. In Singapore her opponents will be the two women that defeated her at the SEA Games, Maria Londa of Indonesia whose leap of 6.70m to win the SEA Games was 1cm off Torres record, and qualified her fro the olympics. Also Bui Thi Thao the SEA Games silver medalist with a best of 6.65m will be seeking an olympic berth. The deadline for Olympic qualification is July 11. The Philippines is allowed to send one women who is closest qualified and right now that is looking like Torres.
Meanwhile in the Mens Pole Vault Ernest Obiena has leapt 5.50m, and needs 5.60m to qualify by July 2015. He must qualify as Cray has already made the standard. Obiena will be up against Iskandar Alwi the SEA Bronze medalist.
SEA Games bronze medalist Riezel will play in the pole vault vs the young Nurul Idea of Indonesia.
There are 7 heats in the mens 100m dash. While Thailand has sent nine athletes the Philippines just one.
Vietnam’s Le Trong Hinh is the strongest in heat 1 with a PB of 10.48 from 2014. Hinh is the SEA Games 200m Champion.
Heat 2 see’s our very own Isidro Del Prado Jr. the PNG Champion in 100 meters who has a PB of 10.73 in a fairly tough heat. Alongside him is former SEA Games 100m Champion (2013) Jeerapong Meenapra of Thailand who holds a best of 10.31, Chi Ho Tsui of Hong Kong who has ran 10.40 this year, but holds a PB from 2010 of 10.28.
Heat 3 fastest man is Abdullah Iswandi who has a PB of 10.41 and is the SEA Games bronze medalist.
Heat 4 Is a fairly stacked heat with alot of 10.4 guys. Ka Fung NG of Hong Kong who has clocked 10.40, and Boby Yaspi the SEA Games silver medalist 10.44. Along with Singapore’s fastest man Calvin Kang LI LOONG himself who was fourth in the SEA Games in a PB of 10.47. Namsuwan of Thailand also with 10.48.
Heat 5 Jonathan Nyepa of Malaysia 10.56.
Heat 6 Ahmad Fadlin (Indonesia) the 2009 SEA Games bronze medalist with 10.46, along with Jaran Satangram (Thailand) the SEA Games silver medalist 10.52, and Malaysia’s Nixson Kennedy 10.50.
Heat 7 Aphisit Promkhaew of Thailand best of 10.46.
Its unsure if a medal can be awarded to Rosie Villarito as the SEA Games bronze medalist is just one of two people in her event.
Mervin Guarte a 6 time national champion, will have to do without his good buddy Duong Van Thai of Vietnam this time. He will be up against Geun Tae Yook of Korea.
Heat 1 – SEA Games Bronze medalist Edgardo Alejan is the strongest in the heats. 29 year old Alejan who just set a new best time of 46.89 at the National Open will be up against mainly local club athletes.
Heat 2- Percy Zubin Muncherji the tall local boy is the favorite in this heat with a PB of 47.29. Along with Malaysia Kwong Kar Jun 47.72.
Heat 3 – Mohammed Alet of Malaysia 47.42.
Clinton Kingsley Bautista in the 110 Hurdles, 2nd of two heats with SEA Games silver medalist Rayziam Shah Sofian of Malaysia.
Melvin Calano who just threw 68.75m up against Cheng Hung Zong of Taipei 72.45m.
Julian Fuentes 7.60m up against Ming Tai Chan of Hong Kong 7.85m
SEA Games Champion Christopher Ulboc up against a relatively easy field in the steeples.