Anfernee Lopena of CSB put out a very fast time of 10.47et at the weekly relays in Pasig. During the events semi finals at Pasig on 23rd October 2016.
Hence it was reported by Wind gauge operator Ruben Ferrer the wind reading was (0.2). However we are now just waiting for the official results page from PATAFA.
Also one of the time keepers National Coach Ojon Artiaga stated he clocked Lopena at 10.03 (10.1 hand timed).
Lopena topped the Semi Finals with the fastest time of 10.47. He was ahead of NCAA Record Holder Jomar Udtohan (CSB) 10.7 (10.62 PB) and UAAP Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista (FEU) 11.0 (10.85 PB). Hence the time was a big improvement on Lopena 10.63. In that race he picked up bronze at the Manila Open back in June, behind Mercado 10.59 and Udtohan 10.62.
Also the time places him first in the National Ranking lists this year. SEA Games Champion Eric Cray is yet to run. Lopena’s time also puts him #3 of all time behind Eric Cray (10.25) and the now retired Ralph Soguilon (10.45). The 10.47 was the fastest ever time recorded by a Filipino on Filipino soil. As the above recorded their best performances in Singapore and Claremont, USA respectively.
SEA Games 2017 Goal
Lopena missed out on the 2015 SEA Games, by a few spots when it was decided there was not enough slots to field a 4×100 meter relay team. Yet his chances are looking absolutely certain for 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur,with his time of 10.47 just within range of the 10.45 silver and bronze medal time from 2015 in Singapore. Lopena is ranked #7 in the SEA Ranking Lists for 100m after this run.
Most noteworthy Lopena only started competing for the Philippines this year despite already being in the national training pool for two years. He had stints in Taipei Open and the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam to hope boost his performances.
While Lopena hails from Bohol, transferred from University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu to College of Saint Benilde in Manila back in 2012, when his previous team decided to disband their track team. Currently in his final year doing a BSBA in Computer Application.
He is coached by former national coach Joseph Sy who is the head coach at the College of Saint Benilde.