Mark Harry Diones, 23 went well beyond expectations with a New National Record of 16.70m. The 5’11 Diones trained by veteran coaches Noel George ‘Jojo’ Posadas and Elma Muros Posadas. Diones shattered his existing national record of 16.29m set last year at the weekly relay finals. Diones is a graduate of Jose Rizal University from Manila. From Malbogon, Can Marines Sur, in Bicol He first came to prominence back in 2010 when he broke the Palarong Pambansa Record it was then that Posadas recruited him for JRU.
Whats impressive is Harry jump is just 10cm off the world championship standard of 16.80m. In Rio the olympic standard was 16.90m. Harry is an athlete who needs more support private and government. With a few more tune ups can qualify for world champs, with cut off being some time in July.
Last SEA Games was won in 16.76m by Muhammed Hakimi Ismail of Malaysia in a SEA Games Record. Harry who is well beyond the Silver standard of 16.20m is secured a spot in SEA Games. But on this occasion Ismail settled for silver behind Diones with 16.06m.
Rone Malipay the other national jumper in this event wound up fourth place improving his PB from 15.39m to 15.55m. Malipay performance also places him #5 in the all time list. But needs to hit SEA Bronze of 15.92m to make the trip to Kuala Lumpur.
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