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While Francis Medina qualified for SEA Games and Lasangue who has already, got another near standard. Other athletes represented the Philippines at the Singapore Open Track and Field Champs.
It doing go well for some of the Veterans. Rosie Villarito, 38 was 5th in the Javelin behind 3 Thai Athletes and a Korean. Her throw of 44.18m was 4 meters from her 48.44m SEA Games bronze. SEA Games champion Natta Nachan won in 54.10m close to her SEA Games gold of 54.38m.
Nars Atienza, 38 who was playing lots of events to simulate a Heptathlon was 7th in Javelin 41.01m, 1.65m High Jump, Shotput 11.69m, 100 Hurdles 15.69
Atienza took Silver last SEA Games.
Luckily the three should be automatic as they are defending medalists with no other qualifiers from the Philippines in their events.
Medals but not quite SEA Games standards
Another self funded athlete Benigno Marayag was able to land Bronze in the Mens Long Jump in 7.09m. The bronze medal standard for SEA Games is 7.51m. However Donovont Arriola, Julian Fuentes, Tyler Ruiz and Janry Ubas have all exceeded this performance since the last SEA Games. Marayag will try again in Thailand. Vietnam’s Van Cong Nguyen won the event in 7.42m, from Phichet Thararuak of Thailand 7.13m.
Immuel ‘The Oso’ Camino took silver in the 3000M Steeples. However his time of 9.30..70 was still quite outside the bronze standard of 9.06.41. It was a very slight improvement of his 9.33.65 time from last month set at national open at Ilagan. But with the SEA Game deadline of entries at 1st week of July. It will require a much bigger improvement than that in 8 weeks. As well as a rather forgettable 15.58.24 in the 5000m.
Reah Sumalpong improved her best from 43.18 to 43.29m in Discus. From UAAP in February. She got silver. However like Camino its very urgent as SEA Bronze is 45.72m. Yap Jeng Tzan of Malaysia who won the Philippine National Open last month in 45.71m improved to 45.89m and hit the SEA Games standard took the Gold here in Singapore.
Riezel Buenaventura, 31 leapt 3.40m to place second behind SEA Games silver medalist Rachel Yang who won on count back. This was a bit off the 3.60m bronze she registered 2 years ago to get bronze in Singapore SEA Games. Philippine Junior record holder Emily Obiena, 19 was sixth in 3.20m.
Nguyen Thi Huyen of Vietnam set a championship record in the women’s 400 Hurdles timing 56.66. Just outside her SEA Games meet record of 56.15.
Cheryl Chan, 21 of Singapore broke the National Record of Singapore and set a Championship Record clocking 11.42.20 in the women’s 3000m Steeples.
In the Women’s 200m SEA Games Champion Veronica Shanti Pereira, 20 clocked 24.54 (-2.3) and then improved this to 23.87 in finals to win the gold. It was a close fight however as Zaidatul Zulkifili (Malaysia) who had improved her best to 23.80 last month in South Africa clocked 23.94 for silver. The wind was quite still this time in the final at 0.1.
While Jirapong Meenapra the SEA Games bronze medalist who has leads the SEA Rankings for 2017 with 21.09, clocked 21.33. He held off an army of Malaysian’s Khairul Jantan was second in 21.51 improving from his 21.65 time in Heats. Gunasegaran 21.61, Hanafi 21.61, Manap 21.71, and Nyepa 21.73 followed.
Muhamed Irfan Shamsuddin the SEA Games champion in Discus broke the championship record with 57.59m well over his gold winning throw two years ago at SEA Games held in the same venue of 56.62m.
SEA Games champion and record holder Ismail of Malaysia who suffered a defeat to Harry Diones of Philippines las month in Iligan. Took gold in the mens triple jump improving his mark to 16.32m.
(MORE COMING… TO BE CONTINUED)