2014 ASEAN School Games Day 1-3
ASEAN School Games Report Day 1 with Results: Pachecho wins the Gold
Pachecho Ends four-year gold medal droughtThe Philippines finally ended their gold medal drought in athletics since the ASEAN School Games was revived in 2010.
The Gold came courtesy of Bryan Jay Pachecho who hurled the 5kg shot-put 16.69m to take the win. The 6’0 Aurora native who is now studying at FEU is the Palaro Record Holder in both the shot-put and Discus.
Pachecho was the bronze medallist at the Javelin and 5th in the Shot put last year. He had to pull out of the javelin which he was favored to win due to an elbow injury, but true to the words of assistant FEU Coach Joebert Delicano he won the Shot put instead.
The Smiling Pachecho shook the hands of the officials and all his teammates as he returned to the stands. He will also compete in the Discus but it’s not his event so next up is the UAAP. He hopes to be back throwing the Javelin next year as that is his favorite event.
At 17 years of age, Pachecho is eligible for one more ASEAN School Games and will surely feature in next year’s team.
Inspired by the performance of their teammates. The Philippines had a 1-1-3 medal tally by the end of day one. The SEAN School Games is like the SEA Games but for athletes 18 years old and understudying in the Philippines (college or high school).
Gutsy 800m Running
Not long after the shotput was done the gun fired off in the Mens 800m. The Indonesian runner Ikhsan set a very fast first lap of 53 seconds and was followed closely by Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and about 40 meters back Gilbert Rutaquio of the Philippines.
With 600 to go Rutaquio was running equal 4th with Abas of Indonesia. Abas started drawing away but Ruqatuio kicked the last 130m, it looked like he was no chance at a medal at this stage as Phitchaya of Thailand was 50m ahead at this stage however Rutaquio increased his pace several times down the last 100 to nip Phitchaya who was fading fast on the line. The race was won by Ikhsan in 1.54.5 with Rutaquio taking the bronze. Rutaquio is eligible again for one more year of these games.
In the Womens 800m barefoot runner Anjelica De Josef set a very fast pace with a 1:02 first lap, pursued by Pamatian 1:04 also of the Philippines and Vietnam, and Malaysia following behind. By the time they got 200m the Singaporeans who were out of the race started jogging. On the second lap with 200 to go Pamatian ran past the barefoot Anjelica. But the Raznie of Malaysia was now running next to De Josef and looked like she had a lot less.
As Pamatian started to pull away in the last 100 the Malaysian surged. Raznie pipped Pamatian on the line 2.15.5 to 2.16.3. Pamatian tried to surge at that point but had nothing left but did well to land a personal best time from her 2.17.5 previous run 2 weeks ago in the weekly relays. De Josef landed bronze in 2.19.6. 15-year-old Anjelica improved on her fifth-place finish from last year.
Luzon wins first medal at SEA level meet since 2004
Tiger Cub Eloiza Luzon, 18 the UAAP Silver Medalist landed a surprise bronze in the girl’s 100m. Luzon who blasted out from the blocks leading the first 70m, was pipped by Hai Thi Thu (VIE) last year’s silver medalist who pulled away one stride to win in 12.10. Luzon drew level and clocked at the same time as defending champion Kongthong (THA) 12.22 with Kong Thong given the silver as she dipped earlier. Batang Pinoy Champion 15-year-old Karen Janario who was left behind out of the blocks finished seventh in 12.44.
The 100 was a straight final with only 8 entries registering during the heats.
Luzon medal is significant because not since Lerma Gabito in 2004 have we won a SEA Level medal of any color. Albeit a U18 medal, it will help Luzon aspire to her goal of making the 2017 SEA Games team.
In the Men’s 100m Jomar Udtohan who is coming off an injury finished 5th in his heat and 10th overall in 11.0 (ht) and did not progress to the finals. The final was won by Manap of Malaysia in 10.4 (ht).
Please note apart from the women’s 100 final all the other events were hand timed as the electronic timekeeping was set up later.
The Long Jump was won for the fourth year in a row by Zulkifili of Malaysia in 5.67, Alyssa Andrade (PHI) was 4th in 5.37, and Olorvida (PHI) 7th of 7 in 4.82m.
Joshua Patulud landed 5th of 6 in shotput with 13.15m.
ASEAN School Games Day 2 Report: No Golds but three more medals
Three more medals were added to the Philippine School Team on the second day at the Marikina Sports complex.
First up was the womens Shotput with Dianne De Jesus taking the bronze in 10.61m, though outside her best by about half a meter she managed to win a medal and will go for a better medal in her main event Discus in 2 days. De Jesus who is coached by Rosie Villarito at
UE is being tipped for the national training pool.
Next up in the men’s 1500m Kevin Capangpangan of UST, the Palaro champion held even with the runner from Vietnam and the start of the race. However, the pace was slow with no one wanting to take the lead with a 1.08 first lap. This was reminiscent of the recent SEA Games final that was won in 3:58.
The slow pace continued with the runners going through the bell at 3:04. Capangpangan started to kick with 400 to go but the Vietnamese runner went closely behind. With 100m to go the taller Vietnamese runner kicked again with Kevin trying to hold on but fading with 50m to go. The race was won in 4:05, and Kevin took silver in 4:07. The other Filipino runner Gilbert Rutaquio who took bronze in the 800 yesterday finished fifth.
The third medal came from Palaro, PNG, and Batang Pinoy Champion Jerry Belibestre. Belibestre who had to use distance runners’ shoes managed 6.96m for silver, just outside his personal best of 7.09m set at the weekly relays. The 16-year-old from Bacolod is trained by Miguel Arca.
The winner from Thailand who was a silver medalist last year already in his final year at 18 leaped 7.30m. Mark Ramos the other Filipino leaped 6.72m just 1 cm off bronze 6.73m and came fourth. Both Belibestre and Ramos will be back next year at these games.
Advancement and performances
Meanwhile, in the 1500m women’s event favorites, Palaro 1-2 Jieann Calis (4.44)and Meagey Ninura (4.47) finished 5th and 6th. The winning time was 4.45. Leading from the start with the lead runners but fading on the last lap Calis and Ninura seemed to struggle with form in this race. They registered times of 4.56 and 4.59 considerably off their best times.
In the 200 Mens Jomar Udtohan, the NCAA Record Holder fought his way from yesterday’s disappointment of not making the 100m finals in the 200m heat 1 to finish third estimated (22.2ht). The heat was won by Bohari of Brunei est (21.9ht). In the second heat, it was unfortunate for Ninolito Justinianne of Cebu who pulled up with a hamstring strain at the start of the home straight. A disappointed Justinianne got up and limped home finishing the race.
In the 400m Heats earlier Justinianne had qualified for the finals 4th in his heat in 51.2 but is now not able to run in the final tomorrow. Kenneth Nodos was 5th in the other heat in 51.6 and failed to advance.
In the girls, 400m Anjelica De Josef was 2nd in her heat in 1.00.2, and in the other heat, Feiza Lenton ran 1.00.1 coming in third to qualify for finals. The leaders were running around 57-58 but the winner of the first heat looked very relaxed at 57.
Rounding out the results Batang Pinoy Champion Karen Janario ran a PB of 15.1et to finish second in her heat of the 100 Hurdles, the top 2 qualifiers ran 14.91 and 14.98. Palaro Champion Melissa Escoton her teammate at Leyte Sports Academy finished last in the second heat but still qualified in 16.1et nearly a whole second behind her personal best time.
Janario also made it through the 200 in 25.1th, while Glaiza Salcedo of UST made it through also in 25.8et.
ASEAN School Games Day 3: Patulud Gold, but a heavy bag of medals for Karen Janario (rev 1)
The Second gold medal of the ASEAN School Games went to 17-year-old Joshua Patulud. The stocky-built Patulud from DLS-Zobel is second in Palaro and PNG Junior division to Bryan Pachecho. Pachecho won the gold in the shotput but was forced to pull out of the javelin due to an elbow injury.
On a very slippery makeshift runway at Marikina, Patulud inspired by his teammate’s win heaved the Javelin to 59.49 meters. With lots of room for improvement as he was releasing the javelin about two meters from the outline. It was below Patulud’s personal best of 61.47m at the national games. But he vowed to improve on it at the UAAP on the more stable track oval at Ultra in a few days.
“I was more concerned about the slippery track, than anything else. But I will be back to defend my title next year”
he has one more year of eligibility for the event which will be held in Brunei next year. Pachecho and Patulud are part of a new breed of mens Javelin Throwers who are both eyeing the 63.18m Junior Record of Dandy Gallenero, the 2001 SEA Games silver medallist who is now coaching at Ateneo.
Janario collects three medals
While the glory of the gold went to Patulud. It was one of the youngest members of the team who had the heaviest bag on the bus.
Janario shatters the Junior Hurdles Record
15-year-old Karen Janario from the Leyte Academy of Sport had a blanket finish in the Womens Hurdles. Chasing down her older Thai opponent with a photo finish having to decide the winner.
Janario who came out slowly hunted down her older opponents. Raised her arms in victory as she thought she had taken the title. However, the photo finish showed that the win went to Thailand by the slightest of margins 14.51 to 14.52. As the Thai had thrown her chest over the line first.
Still, this was a markable milestone for Karen and her coaches a delighted Trece Academia and Demaso Olidan Jr. The first two both eclipsed the old ASEAN School Games record of 14.85 set by Amanina of Malaysia in 2012 at Surabaya.
Karen’s personal best was 14.9 at Kalibo (about 15.14) before this meeting a few weeks ago. Then she clocked 15.13 in the heats and then 14.52 in the finals. Taking .62 off her best tie this meet or around four strides improvement.
National Junior Record
This was a remarkable milestone for the 15-year-old. As her time broke the 14.61 national junior records of July Rose Forbes set at the 2002 Asian Grand Prix at Rizal Memorial. I now have had the privilege of watching both of these record-setting runs in person.
Coach Trece is now looking at the World Youth next July where the standard is 14.35. But for Karen, the next stop is the Batang Pinoy Finals in Bacolod. She still has three more years of eligibility at the ASEAN School Games. Palaro Champion Melissa Escoton Karen’s schoolmate at LSA faded to fifth in 15.75 but is just coming back into training.
200m and 4x100m
30 Minutes later showing signs of fatigue on the curve but rounding well. Karen looked on as the 100m Champion from Vietnam Huu pulled away from the rest of the group three or four strides and extended her lead. Karen was at the back of a group of four but dug deep with a final burst of speed to nip the silver 24.52 to 25.23. It was another personal best for Janario, with teammate Glaiza Salcedo of UST back in fourth also with a PB of 25.34.
Janario filled up her bag with a bronze in the women s 4×100 behind Thailand and Malaysia. The quartet of Rose Marie Olorvida, Karen Janario, Glaiza Salcedo, and 100m bronze medalist Eloiza Luzon clocked 48.49. Below is the Junior, Record set in 2005 by Arianne Lunasco, Sharon Jizmundo, Zara Dela Virgo, and Riezel Buenaventura of FEU at 48.49.
Despite some rather delayed changes the team still managed to go well under the old mark.
Another of coach Trece’s athletes, Francis Medina the NCAA Champion from Perpetual University ran a tight race against the Thai athlete who held onto the win in 14.38.
Ironically Medina’s time of 14.52 good for the silver medal exactly matched that of Karen Janario’s. Medina set the record for .991m or four holes erasing the 14.3ht record of Patrick Unso. Set at the 2011 PNG. The 1.05m 5-hole record of Patrick Unso of 14.58 at the SEA Games remains.
Missing Athletes leave a dent in overall team
In events in which the better athletes chose to rest for UAAP, the Philippines still obtained medals. In the Javelin Jenelyn Arle of UP was bronze with 38m. Although not better performers Rubias and Cabrerra of FEU schools would not allow them to join the UAAP.
Also, the Womens High Jump was won in 1.58m by Singapore. Sarah Dequinan took the silver in a PB of 1.55m her previous was 1.45m. The initial choice was Josefa Ligmayo of FEU who was also not allowed to join due to UAAP. Would have won the gold here as her PB is 1.63m.
The 5000m was won by Vietnam in 16.24, with Philippine entry Jacob Nabong finishing dead last in 18.33. Kevin Capangpangan of UST was second in the 1500m. And Philip Gongob of FEU had both run 15.40-15.50 consistently during the weekly relays. But due to the closeness of the event Dec 1-4 to UAAP 6-10 were not allowed by their coaches to run.
The Philippines now has a medal count of 2-7-6 after the third day. With one day left the action is coming to a close.
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