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2017 Thailand National Open

Thai Open Day 4 Report: 3rd Gold for 4×400 Philippines Quartet, Malaysian Women National Record

Jun 16, 2017

3rd Gold for the Philippines gets back at Thailand

4x400 Philippines
4×400 Philippines

The Philippines 4×400 Quartet of Archand Bagsit, Edgardo Alejan Jr., Joan Caido and Mico Del Prado clocked 3.11.42 to claim the 3rd Gold for the Philippines at the Thailand National Open in Bangkok.


Thailand settled for the silver improving its season best to 3.12.06, and the bronze went to

Korea in 3.12.38. Malaysia also improved from 3.14.05 to 3.13.12 for fourth place.


The Philippines also had clocked 3.12.73 in the heats.


The Philippines took the silver in Thailand in 3.06.84 narrowly behind the Thai’s 3.06.81 the quartet was the same as in Thailand. Except for Ryan Bigyan instead of Mico Del Prado.


At the National Open a different quartet of Eric Cray, Francis Medina, Jomar Udtohan, and Ryan Bigyan clocked 3.16.19 back in March.


As of now Trenten Beram 46.56, Aries Toledo 47.71, Alejan 48.17, and Bagsit 48.31 have the four fastest times in the 400 from the Philippines. Thailand has 3 of the 6 fastest times in the Top 10 400 SEA Rankings.

4×100 SEA Relays improve times


Thailand improved their seasonal best from 39.63 to 39.54 to win the Mens 4×100. Hong Kong took silver in 39.84. And Malaysia was third in 40.02 (improved from 40.29)

Other SEA Teams to improve their times for 2017 included Singapore 40.75 to 40.50, Vietnam 41.0 to 40.79, and Laos 42.83.


The Philippines managed 7th place in the Final in 41.91, after clocking 40.82 in the heats.

The team of Clinton Bautista, Archand Bagsit, Mark Harry Diones and Patrick Unso. Was pretty much a B Team. As the National Team of Eric Cray, Beram, Anfernee Lopena and

Jomar Udtohan had clocked a National Record of 40.29 last March at the Philippine National Open in Ilagan.


With Five SEA Nations improving their best times. Indonesia actually leads the SEA Ranking list with 39.13 ran at the 3rd leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Taipei on April 30. Indonesia did not participate in the Thai Open as they have been training in Japan since April.

SEA Rankings 2017 can be found here

Malaysia Womens 4×100 Relays National Record


Malaysia Womens 4×100 set a national record Shereen Samson Vallabouy, Siti Fatima Mohamad, Shally Komalam and Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifili clocked 45.19. The mark broke their time of 4532 at the 2016 Singapore Open, the same lineup except Asma Mazlan ran instead of Vallabouy. It wasnt bad for Malaysia’s first hit out. Malaysia took the Bronze at SEA Games 2015. That time with Mohamad, Zulkifli, Komalam and Noor Muhamad Nafiah (45.41 at that time).


SEA Games Champion Thailand was a very close second in 45.29 (45.44 earlier this year).

Singapore took bronze in 45.65. Improving on their earlier 47.14 hit out. The Thai’ actually ran faster in the heats clocking 45.17. But were unlucky to lose to Malaysia in the finals.


Thailand reversed their luck in the 4×400 in 3.43.42, improving their times 8 seconds from their University Games., Malaysia this time took silver in 3.48.52.



Hyelim Jung of South Korea won the  Womens 100 Hurdles in 13.25 adding to the performance of her counterpart in the Men’s the other day. But not breaking the 12.98 world

championship qualifying mark. Jung actually registered a quicker 13.10 in the heats.


SEA Games Bronze medalist Vietnam’s Thi Yen Tran Hoa took silver in the 100 Hurdles improving seasons best from 14.12 to 13.79. In what could very well be a Vietnam women’s rampage of nearly all the track events at the SEA Games.


Thailand’s Suchada Meesri took Bronze improving her seasons best from 14.24 to 14.13.  Parinya Chuimaroeng won the Triple Jump in 13.50m. Heenatimullage Dona of Sri Lanka took silver in 13.43 , and SEA Games silver medalist Hue Hoa Tran was a very distant bronze in 12.92m. Parinya who did not medal in the last SEA Games leads the 2017 SEA Ranking Lists.


SEA Games Champion Nguyen Van Lai (Vietnam) won the 5000 in 14.42.66, from Samchai Namkhet 14.51.61.and Van Thao Le 15.01.81.


Thi Oanh Nguyen (Vietnam) won the 5000 Womens in 16.41.04 from country woman Thi Hue Pham 16.48.79 and Thai Wonpon Nunson 17.41.44.




110 Hurdles Records Galore Thai Open

Jun 15, 2017

Photo Credit: Captured from the video from www.adriansprints.com

No Fewer than four national records fell in the 110 Hurdles at the Thai National Open. The clear winner was Byongjum Kim of South Korea who was 5 strides ahead of his nearest pursuers. Kim is the Asian Games Silver medalist and an Asian Champion Bronze medalist won. He clocked a time of 13.39. Improving on his best time of 13.43 from Incheon, Asian Games in 2014, and his seasons best of 13.64 2 months ago in Hiroshima. In the process, Kim broke his own South Korean National Record. In the process, Kim also broke the qualifying standard for the World Championships in London 2017 which will be held August 3 to 17.


Scrambling in a frantic battle for second place came in several athletes. Coming out of retirement was Jamras Rittidet of Thailand who came in second in 13.88, Rittidet is the SEA Games Champion four times from 2009-2015, and holds the SEA Games record at 13.72.

Although not a national record SEA Games becomes interesting with Rittidet back in



Third place went to Patrick Unso of the Philippines who dipped under 14 seconds for the first

time with 13.91. Patrick is the SEA Games bronze medalist with a time of 14.12. He erased the Philippine national record in this race. Improving on the 14.27 he ran at the PATAFA performance trials 2 months ago. More surprisingly Patrick is coming off back and spinal surgery that put him out for most of the 2016 competitive season.


Fourth place went to 2013 SEA Games bronze medalist Xaysa Anousane of Laos in 13.96.

Anousane broke his own National Record of 14.00 set last year. And it was also a huge improvement on his seasons best of 14.38.


Newcomer Panu Kwanyuen (translated) of Thailand was fifth in 14.08.


Chen Xian Ang of Singapore was sixth in 14.19, but he broke his National Record of 14.39 set earlier in the year at the IVP Series.


Seventh Muhd Rizzua Muhammed of Malaysia set a new personal best of 14.41, improving his previous best of 14.54 (2016) and seasons best of 14.57.

Coming in Eighth and last was Clinton Kingsley Bautista who timed 14.46, which is outside his seasons best of 14.37 and the personal  best time of 14.21 set at the 2014 ASEAN University Games.


This represents six athletes in this race breaking their best times and three with national records. Adding to the fact now that recently in Germany Rayzam Shah Sofian broke the National Record of Malaysia with 13.67 and leads the SEA Ranking lists. It represents that four southeast Asian Records have fallen this year. And with Rio Maholtra running 14.13 just outside his 14.10 Indonesian National Record this year it could possibly be five soon.

Updated Rankings of 2017 SEA 110 Hurdles


Thai Open Day 2 &3 Report

Jun 14. 2017

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 



Ubas Gold remained the only one Gold for the Philippines at the Thai Open after Day One.

In 2013 The Philippines had delivered 10 golds at the Thai Open. The Thai Open was a regular part of Philippine’s fixture with much larger teams having been sent. With 2 months to go before SEA Games a clearer picture of performance is becoming available.


Highlights of the Thai Open included SEA Games Champion Duong Van Thai of Vietnam taking the 800 and 1500 in 1.52 and 3.55 the first time he has competed this year. Beating his Thai Rivals.


In the Men’s High Jump Manuel Lasangue Jr. who has a PB of 2.11m, leapt 2.04m to place fifth. Vietnam got Gold and Silver in 2.16m and 2.14m. Thailand was 3rd and 4th in 2.11m and 2.04m. The Two top Malaysians who have leaped 2.30m and 2.24m did not participate. A leap of 2.15m would be needed to land a bronze this SEA Games.

In the Heptathlon Narcisca Atienza, 38 finished fourth behind three other South East Asian athletes. Wassana Winatho (Thailand) the many time SEA Games champion won with 5039 pts, Norliyana Kamarudin (Malaysia) 4995 pts (from 4802 pts last performance), and Gotchanya Kameeson (Thai) (translated) 4856 points. Nars who was the SEA Games bronze medalist scored 4758 pts improving marginally on  her 4753 pts at the National Open at the end of March.


SEA Rankings Womens Heptathlon 2017

1Wassana Winatho THA5039
2Norliyana Kamaruddin MAS4992
3Gotchanya Kameeson THA4856
4Narcisca Atienza PHI4758

National Record for Nachan


The Javelin Women’s was won by Natta Nachan (Thai) who heaved the Javelin to 56.38m, better than her 54.38m win and National Record at SEA Games in 2015. Her countrywomen Jariya Wichadit took silver improving her best throw to 51.85m from 49.48m. SEA Games silver medalist Bui Thi Xan took bronze in 49.53m also a Vietnam National Record.


SEA Rankings Womens Javelin 2017

1Natta Nachan1990THA56.08m
2Jariya Wichaidit THA51.85m
3Thi Xuan Bai VIE49.53m
4Saowalak Phetthong THA48.03m
5Rosie Villarito PHI47.50m
6Evalyn Palabrica PHI46.77m

Five, Five Meter Jumpers for Thailand in Pole Vault


In the Pole Vault some splendid depth, Pooranot Pooltong the SEA Games Champion was out failing to register any heights. However, three Thai’s leaped over 5.00m. Newcomer Pataphong Umsam-Ang, 20 who had beaten Pooltong in February at the Uni Games leaped 5.10m to secure his first national title. Former three-time SEA Games Champion 2009, 2011, 2013 Kreeta Sintacheewa, 28 leaped 5.00m with his first jump of 2017. A new athlete Naiyatyon Kamniam (unsure about translation) leaped 5.00m for Bronze.


While Kasinpob Chomchand who had won the Asian Youth in 5.00 m, had leaped 4.80m to win the Junior Division.


Ernest Obiena who is the favorite this SEA Games did not participate as he is training and competing in Italy. He has leaped 5.43 m indoors and 5.30 m more recently outdoors this year.


In the Women’s Pole Vault Rachel Bing Yie the SEA Games silver medalist, continued to lead with a dominating 3.91m jump. This came at the expense of the SEA Games Champion Chayanisa Chomchumdee who could only manage 3.55 m, and has only leapt 3.80m in Korea this year she has a PB of 4.21 m.

Thai Open Day 3 Report – Sprints Chinh Doubles, Dipna dips near record

Jun 15, 2017

Chinh Does Double Womens 100-200


Le Tu Chinh continued to establish her dominance in the SEA Women’s Sprints.  After her 11.47 season leader and PB. Chinh also doubled up with a solid 23.52 (0.0) run in the 200 meters. Chinh beat SEA Games Champion Veronica Shanti Pereira 23.74 (0.0). Pereira had won the last SEA Games in 23.60. Making Chinh the only SEA athlete with a PB below the SEA Gold medal standard. Sheeren Vallobouy the SEA Games bronze medallist in 400 from Malaysia was a very distant third place in 24.53.


“She is good I think she can win the 200 also at SEA Games. I’m not sure if she will run as fast as 23.50 though at Thai Open” Said Vu Thi Huong the 4x SEA Games 100m Champion who now lives in Australia.


The 20-year-old Chinh 200m was the first run in that event in nearly 12 months. Chinh is the Asian Beach Games Champion 2016. She did not participate in the last SEA Games not even qualifying in the relays.

18 Year old Thai does the Job in 200m


In the Mens 200m 18 year old Siripon Panpa took control of the race for his home crowd clocking a decent 21.39. Doing the job with the absence of the big guns SEA Games Silver medalist Jarun Sathoengram and SEA Games Bronze medallist Jirapong Meenapra.Punpa held off a trio of  the pressure of three Malaysians breathing down his neck. Khairul Jantan of Malaysia (21.46) who won the 100m yesterday in 10.31. And Gunesgaran (21.47), and Asif Yasmin (21.55).

Dipna ‘dips’ near Record

2017 Thailand National Open
Dipna Lim Prasad

Meanwhile in the Womens 400m Singaporean Dipna Lim Prasad the SEA Games silver medalist in 400 Hurdles took the Gold. Dipna broke her best time of 55.45, clocking 55.10.

She was just .02 outside the famous national record of Chee Swee Lee set 43 years ago in 1974 at the Asian Games in Tehran.

Nguyen Thi Hanh of Vietnam was second in 55.31, Poolkerd of Thailand took bronze in 55.85, and Vallabouy was fourth in 56,35.

Faster Junior 400

The Thai Juniors were faster than the Seniors this year. Pitchiiya Suthoenram won the Junior 400 in 47.15, the 18 year old improved his mark of 47.31 earlier in the year. The Thais now occupy 3 of the Top 6 spaces in the SEA Ranking Lists for the 400m.


The 400m Open was won by visitor Kumarage of Sri Lanka in 47.55, he beat Abdul Manap (Malaysia) 47.77 who has moved up from Short sprints to 400 and Jiraya Pleenram 48.17 the first Thai over the line.


Filipino’s Mico Del Prado and Joan Caido were 5th and 6th in 48.70 and 49.20.

Thai Open Day 3 Report Powers Emerge Steeples and Throws

Jun 16. 2017

How Men’s Steeple Chase looks for SEA Games

In the Mens 3000M Steeple Chase Quoc Hua Lat of Vietnam took the Gold in 9:12.89, Lat is a new Vietnamese athlete that didn’t compete at the last SEA Games.


SEA Games bronze medalist Atjong Tio Purwanto (Indonesia) took silver in 9.18.87.

Purwanto who has a PB of 8.57 had a beautiful neck to neck finish leading upto SEA Games at the 2017 Singapore National Open.


The season leader for 2017 is Ahmad Luth Hamizan (Malaysia) who ran 9.08.22 at Baku at the 4th Islamic Games last month. Hamizan focused on the 800 and 1500 in the Thai Open clocking 3.59.  Hamizan was fourth place last SEA Games.


Meanwhile 2013 and 2015 SEA Games Champion Christopher Ulboc Jr. of the Philippines missed the Thai Open as he was recovering from injuries after the National Open in March.

Ulboc has a PB of 8:56. Ulboc has not registered a performance for 2017. Also SEA Games silver medallist Pham Tien San (8.59.90) of Vietnam has not yet ran in 2017.

Steeple Chase Rankings Here

New Powers Emerge in the Throws 2 New National Records

In the Mens Javelin a new Mighty Man emerged.  Unknown Hoai Van Nguyen (Vietnam) hurled the Javelin 72.26m to set a new Vietnamese National Record. He defeated  Thai duo SEA Games Champion Peerachet Jantra (71.49m) and SEA Games silver medalist Hussadin Rodmanee (70.04m).

2017 Thailand National Open
Jackie Wong Siew Cheer

In the Hammer Thrower South Korea’s Sangin Jan won in 65.15. Silver was Jackie Wong

Siew Cheer who threw 64.67m. Cheer has thrown the Malaysian National record at 64.95m this year and leads the SEA 2017 Rankings in Hammer. Cheer was the bronze medalist at the last SEA Games.


Bronze was Kittipong Boomawan who threw 62.97m. Boomawan was fifth last SEA

Games.Boomawan Throw broke the Thailand National record of his team mate Tantiphong Phetchiya. Phetchaiya the SEA Games Silver medalist and 2011, 2013 SEA Games Champion  could only manage 55.74m for fourth place.


Jackie Cheer goes in as the home town favorite for SEA Games. With Caleb Stuart of the Philippines the SEA Games Champion, SEA Games Record Holder and SEA Record Holder.

Ruled out of the lineup for the 2017 SEA Games. The 2017 SEA Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur in August.

Throws Rankings Here


Thai Open Day 1 Report Janry Ubas Takes Long Jump Gold

Jun 13, 2017

Janry Ubas
Janry Ubas

Janry Ubas showed his 7.88m at the PATAFA Time Trials on June 6 was no fluke (also 7.80, 7.70m). Ubas followed up with the Philippines only Gold Medal on the first day of the Thailand National Open. Ubas won Group 2 and the overall title. D.M.

LIYANAPATHIRANAGE (Sri Lanka) won Group 1 and took silver (7.73m), and Hua-Yu Wen (Taipei) took the bronze with 7.53m.


This gives Janry a strong chance of aiming for the SEA Gold in Kuala Lumpur. The last SEA Games was won by Supanara in 7.75m. Supanara did not participate.


Janry and Fil-Heritage high jumper turned Long Jumper Tyler Ruiz (7.79m) are 1-2 in the SEA Ranking lists are were selected for the SEA Games.


Janry in the 2015 SEA Games took the bronze in the Decathlon before taking a break to focus on the Long Jump. He is coached by Dario De Rosas the Head Coach of FEU. 


With 7.78m his third best ever jump only National Record Holder Henry Dagmil has ever leapt further.


*Unofficially: Also reported in the 400 Heats Johan Caido 48.4, Mico Del Prado 48.8 and Edgardo Alejan 48.9.



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Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.

He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.

Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.

Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.

He can be contacted on [email protected]

You can find more information on Coaching here

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here https://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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