Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
2014 Philippine National Games Athletics Day 2
2014 Philippine National Games Athletics Day 2 (18.05.14) Report Bagsit captures a fourth national title
SEA Games Champion Archand Bagsit representing Cagayan Rising Suns added his fourth national title in the 400m Dash having won every edition of the PNG. Bagsit led from the start and was able to ease the last 150m with the field slightly catching up but the gap was already so big by this stage it didn’t matter by then he won in 47.29s just outside his best of 47.11s.
In the chasing pac,k it was20-year-oldd Ryan ‘The Duck’ Bigyan lastyear’ss junior champion who recorded a personal best of 48.35s for silver. 2007 SEA Games Champion 35-year-old Julius Nierras finished third in 48.55s. With 4x400m relay members, Alejan and Del Prado Jr. injured and unable to register performance this year it will be an exciting selection process for Asian Games in the relay.
Jingky Obanon of RTU won the women in a slow 59.43s. While Palaro Champion Leah Joan Creer of Leyte took the Girl’s title in 59.95.
Ulboc holds off all challengers
SEA Games Champion Christopher Ulboc was able to defend his title in 9:18.82. Although off his SEA Games winning time of 9:01.05 Ulboc still held off the challenge of Hernane Sore who was second in 9:21.60, and showed a surprise return to form. Immuel Camino who had a best of 9:19 this year at the NCAA faded to third in 9:49.40.
Rene Herrera was forced to withdraw from the race when he cleared the steeplechase and a runner he was due to lap got stuck in the water in the water jump. Herrera collided with the athlete, landed on the steeple chase ramp, and was forced to pull out of the race.
Meanwhile, National Champion Jessa Mangsat defended her National title. However, the time of 11:44.95 was much slower than her personal best of 11:10. The absence of National Record Holder and SEA Games Bronze medalist Jessica Lyn Barnard (Fil-Heritage) due to a foot injury left Mangsat without a quality competitor to record a fast time.
Throwers slightly off the mark
Loralie Sermona defended her National title with 46.64m, with National Junior Record Holder Jessa Mae Hernandez of UST second with 36.45m, and Cristelle Jane Ferrera last year’s silver medalist in juniors taking bronze in a new PB of 34.48m.
Former 2 times SEA Games Champion Danilo Fresnido finished third in the Javelin behind two newcomers. The 41-year-old was only able to manage 59.77m. It was NCAA Champion Melvin Calano who won in 61.75m with Kenny Gonzales taking silver in 59.77m. The trio was still very far off the 69m bronze medal performance at the 2013 SEA Games.
Eleazer Sunang took the national title in 14.60m. Sunang currently holds the National Record at 16.74m.
It was last year’s Bronze medalist Wenlie Maulas who was fastest through the 800m Heats with a time of 1:53.88, also qualifying was SEA Games silver medalist Mervin Guarte.
Palaro players switch places
A fantastic set of leaping from two very talented 15-year-olds. It was Keith Quilo of Pangasinan who this time got the better of Alexis Soqueno of Bacolod both leaping 1.96m.
Soqueno defeated Quilo at the Batang Pinoy in Bacolod and Palaro at Laguna where Quilo had to settle for the silver twice. The tandem is expected to see action at the ASEAN School Games at the end of the year in Marikina.
Palaro Silver medalist Angelo Carino won the girl’s Long Jump in 5.25m, from Uni Games 2013 Champion Happy Denuyo and Batang Pinoy Champion Rosemarie Olovarde with Palaro Champion Mary Anthony Diesto fourth.
Palaro and Batang Pinoy Champion 15-year-old Jose Jerry Belibestre of Bacolod, however, was able to make it a hat trick with a 6.88m leap which was good enough to add the junior title to his resume.
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