Philippines NCAA: Anfernee Lopena regains 100m title

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Anfernee Lopena

Anfernee Lopena (College of Saint Benilde) playing his final year in the NCAA. Regained the 100m title in the Mens 100m and in the process the NCAA record. Anfernee Lopena, 23 who hails from Bohol has a personal best of 10.47 set during the weekly relays last year.  After clocking 10.64 in the heats, Anfernee Lopena stormed to a victory of 10.70 in the 100m Finals. Winning over Rodquem Maullon (Arellano) 10.86, and Fernan Lopez (Mapua).

Anfernee Lopena

Rodquem Maullon, Anfernee Lopena, Fernan Lopez

*Lopena time of 10.64 in the heats, exceeds Udtohan 10.66 heats from last year, but its awaiting wind reading for ratification.

This came at the expense of defending champion Jomar Udtohan (San Sebastian) who was forced to withdraw from these games with an injury to focus on getting ready for the National Open in Isabella later this month.

Both Lopena and Udtohan are members of the national training pool.

Lopena who a few years back was struggling to find a school after his school in Cebu disband their funding for the athletic teams. Came to Manila with a PB of 11.6 only, working with Joseph Sy this time became a distant memory.

The end of a beautiful Chapter came when Lopena also regained the double winning the 200 Meters aswell. He won over Russell Galleon (Letran), 2015 Silver medalist in the 400 and 800 at the Palaro.

Lopena also placed third in the 400m behind Francis Medina (Perpetual), and Galleon.

Lopena hopes to make the standard for the SEA Games in 2017 which is 10.47 for the bronze. He will next compete at the national championships in Isabella. Lopena has never been national champion perhaps another achievement to tick off the bucket list one day.

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