Malaysian National Open in Athletics – Philippines Report

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Avila and Medina

The Philippines gained three medals in the Malaysian National Open held in Kuala Lumpur September 30 to October 2.

The highest honor went to Francis Medina, the 20 year old playing his first year of senior competition clocked a new personal best of 52.82 improving on his mark of 53.26 from the NCAA in February.  Medina placed second behind Saleem Hamid of Kuwait who won in 51.70. The performance hurled Medina from 10th to 5th in the 2016 SEA Ranking List. It also put him within range of top 10 of all time, #10 Domingo Manta 52.78.

His time was outside the SEA Games bronze standard of 51.36. But with another 12 months to go he is making some good progress.

The other medals came from two old war horses of the Philippine Team. 37 year olds Rosie Villarito and Narcisca Atienza. Atienza delivered a silver with a score in the Heptathlon in 4369. However she lost to Malaysia’s Norliyana Kamaruddin 4913 pts. Nars scored 4798 pts last SEA Games to get the bronze behind Thai’s Sunisa (5396 pts) and Kotchakorn (5280 pts).

In the Womens Javelin Rosie Villarito who was suffering from hamstring issues threw 41.30m. Jariya Bichaidt  (Thailand) took the Gold in 48.74m and silver went to  Fatin Shahiera (Malaysia) 41.95m.

Its very likely at there advanced age it will be the last time to see Atienza and Villarito atempt toqualify for the SEA Games.

In the 400 Hurdles Marilyn Avila was disqualified after finishing second place.

Results can be found at

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