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SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Anise Richardson. Set a new record in the 400m Dash at the 2017 Battle of Bayou meet in Louisiana.
The time of 54.06 eclipsed the national record of Zion Corrales-Nelson 54.18 set in Langley, British Columbia, Canada at the British Columbia Championships on 30th May 2014. The two Fil-Heritage sprinters are likely to figure in the SEA Games 2017 in three months time.
“She is in very good shape. And I believe she can run sub 54 seconds by next week. said Jeffrey Richardson the girls father via facebook.”
The plan is to keep her running 400m early, she wont run a 100m until June in the Philippines. I think its good cause it will build up her stamina and endurance and keep her eager and fresh to improve her 100m time. Richardson added.
Kayla who did not participate in the recently concluded 2017 Ayala National Track and Field Championships in Isabella was not able to join due to school commitments. They are hoping the PATAFA will still include her and allow her the chance to defend her titles. A source said that all medalists from last SEA Games 2015 are automatic unless, their are stronger athletes in those events who beat the bronze medal standard.
Kayla at 17, outsmarted her older rivals with a smart finishing dive to win by a hairline from 26 year old Tassaporn Wanakit of Thailand to crown herself SEA Games champion which the Philippines had not won since Elma Muros 20 years back in 1995. Where both athletes clocked 11.76, but Kayla was awarded the win by miliseconds on the photo finish. Kayla whose father had advised her to wear two brassieres on that day in case it was a close finish had taken the wise move as this decision proved priceless.
Kayla also took silver in the 200m last SEA Games, behind Shanti Pereira. In the heats Kayla clocked a PB of 23.67. But Shanti ran much better off the curve and Kayla even though closing in just couldn’t make up the lead on the home town favorite Shanti.
Kayla also ran a 23.76 which puts her slightly ahead in the SEA Rankings for 2017 in the 200 of Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifili of 23.80 (1.4 m/s) of Malaysia. Kayla also leads the 400m Rankings for SEA. Kayla was 4th in the B-Race in this event.