Former 400m Record Holder Zion Corrales-Nelson hits SEA Standards in 100 and 200

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RICHMOND May 13 2016. Sprinter Zion Corrales-Nelson on top of the world at the YVR Larry Berg Flight Path Park, Richmond May 13 2016. ( Ric Ernst / Gerry Kahrmann / PNG staff photo) ( For Prov Sports ) 00043134A For Howard Tsumura Head of the Class project [PNG Merlin Archive]

Former Philippine 400 meter National Record Holder Zion Corrales-Nelson completed a treble of runs on April 28 at Brutus Hamilton Open, Berkeley in California.

Representing the CSU Berkeley Bears, the 5’8 Nelson sped to a new PB of 11.77 (0.5), improving on her 11.79 from last year retaining #7 in the all time lists for the Philippines.  Nelson who is in last year as a junior is #4 all time lists for Junior Philippines.

The mark also put her #2 in the SEA Rankings behind Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam whose mark was 11.67 during the Asian Grand Prix. The performances of 11.36 and 11.54 by Zulkifili of Malaysia are highly doubtful due to some rather doubtful timing in South Africa and performances afterwards in Singapore being way off.  SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson of Philippines is still yet to register a run in 2017 in the 100m as is her twin sister Kyla.

Nelson then timed another PB at the same event in the 200 in 23.74, leading the South East Asian Rankings. Ahead of SEA Silver medalist Kayla Richardson 23.76. Zulkifili 23.80 and SEA Games Champion Shanti Veronica Pereira  (Singapore) 23.87. This was a significant improvement on her 24.15 time set 3 years ago. Making her #3 on the Philippine Junior and Senior all time lists.

Richardson also clocked a 55.04 in the 400m improving on her seasons best of 56.99. Her best time is 54.18 which was the National and National Junior record until a few months ago when it was broken by Kayla Richardson with a 53.81 run.

Nelson has hit the bronze standards this year for SEA Games in the 100 and 200. She ran the 100 at National Open in April finishing with the silver behind an athlete from Hong Kong.  Nelson still needs to clock 54.24 to qualify for the 400 individual event.

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