2015 SEA Games Womens Sprints

2015 SEA Games Womens 100m

SEA Games 2015 Women’s 100m Methodology Start list and review Rev 1

Jun 1, 2015

SEA Games 2015 Womens 100m

All these articles are solely by Andrew Pirie, ATFS Statistician, and pinoyathletics editor. Also, members of the Press should seek permission to use these materials. As we have a copyright in place on items that are not general information. I will be in Singapore from June 5 to 15 covering the games.

SEA Games 2015 Womens 100m Dash


Four female athletes surpassed the SEA Bronze medal standard of 2013 set at 11.91. While only the top two were to be selected. Also noteworthy is that none of these women participated in the Philippine National Open Championships in Laguna 2015 in March.

2014 PNG Champion Princess Joy Griffey (11.62) at the PNG and National Junior Record Holder Kayla Richardson (11.65) recorded the two fastest times. They were followed by Kyla Richardson (11.83w) who will participate in the relay. Also, UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rosales (11.90), is not able to participate in SEA Games, due to on-the-job training.


Start list and Review

Zulkifili Twin Sisters (Photo Credit: Theseagames.blogspot.com[
While Malaysia’s Zulkifili goes in as slight event favorite with her recent run of 11.3ht (-2.0) at the Ipoh, Perak Championships on May 23 (source: Adriansprints.com). This performance was timed by Malaysia’s High-Performance Director, Australian Robert Ballard. Hence the 11.3 is around 11.60-11.70 et at worst.  Then take away 2 meters of wind and it’s easily around an 11.50et performance in neutral conditions. Yet take into account Singapore’s Sports Hub Stadium for the SEA Games has a closing roof. While the 22-year-old Zulkifili came into some good shape claiming Silver at the ASEAN Uni Games in Palembang; she was narrowly behind the now retired 4x SEA Games Champion Vu Thi Huong of Vietnam 11.61 to 11.62. While Malaysia last won the SEA Games in this event 18 years ago with Govindasamy Shanti who holds the Malaysian National Record at 11.50 set 22 years ago. In conclusion, Zulkifili’s recent times indicate she is capable of coming near to breaking this mark.

(source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_records_in_athletics).

Kayla & Kyla Richardson with Princess Joy Griffey


Zulkifili is followed by a tandem of US Based Filipinos. Philippines Princess Joy Griffey has the fastest legit PB in the field with a time of 11.58 set in 2009. While Griffey is the oldest entry in the field at 28. Ironically Griffey is playing at her first SEA Games, albeit through no fault of her own. The second fastest woman the Philippines had produced Griffey is the 2014 National Games Champion and clocked 11.62 in 2014, this year her best time is 11.71 at Mt Sac Relays. Hence the Philippines last won the 100m Dash at the SEA Games 20 years ago with Elma Muros.

While things are looking good for the Philippines namely due to the Fil-Heritage Program, initiated in early 2013. Another good find by Pinoyathletics and the PSC is Kayla Richardson whose recent timing in the last weeks leading to the SEA Games was 11.65 a new Philippine Record. The tallest at 5’9 and the youngest entries in the 100m Dash.


While Kayla has a chance to become the youngest female to win the 100m Dash at SEA Games.

Tassaporn Wanakit

And of course, let’s not forget the favorite for most of the qualifying period 2013 SEA Bronze medalist Tassaporn Wanakit. Victors Vu (05, 07, 09, 13 SEA Champion) and Klomdee (Thailand, 03 SEA Champion) have both hung up their spikes. Tassaporn who had extensive training in Germany was able to improve her best time last year to 11.62 and recently won the Taipei Open at 11.74.

Looking at the start lists these four appear to be the ones who will battle for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The other four finalists in the two heats of six will probably come from #4-10 on this list.

SEA Games 2015: Sprints Women’s 200m Dash Start List and Review

Jun 1, 2015,

All these articles are solely by Andrew Pirie, ATFS Statistician, and pinoyathletics editor. Members of the Press should seek permission to use these materials as we have a copyright in place on items that are not general information. I will be in Singapore from June 5 to 15 covering the games.

Women’s 200m Dash

No Methodology is required for selection for Philippine Team in this event as only 2 qualifiers.

Start list and Review

The 200m is a 3-way dance for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze. With Vu Thi Huong the SEA Games champion retired when the dust settles a new SEA Games Women’s 200m Champion will be crowned.

Shanti (Photo Credit: www.singaporeathletics.org.sg)

First the home ground girl the dashing Teenager Shanti Veronica Pereira. The 19-year-old National Record Holder is one of the country’s big hopes for the SEA Games. She has the fastest legit time in the finals. In 2013 made both sprint semi-finals in the world youth championships. She has however established herself as a much stronger 200m runner making the World Junior Semi-Finals in the half-lap event, in a slight wind-aided 23.87 (+2.1). Her best time of 23.99 -0.3 was last year at the Taipei Open. This year she clocked 24.00 -0.4 at the Singapore Open and 24.04 for silver at the Taipei Open. If Shanti can pull off a win it will be historic as Singapore has not won this event since it joined in 1959. Shanti finished fourth at the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw.

However, Shanti despite having the home crowd advantage is likely to be well challenged by strongly a tandem of Filipina Sprinters. At the top of the ranking list on legit times is Princess Joy Griffey, 28 the oldest in the field with a best time of 23.93 from last year. Griffey however has a lot of work as her best time for this year is 24.56 (0.9).

Kayla Richardson

In the best form of the three right now is another teenager 17-year-old Kayla Richardson whose recent wind-aided run of 23.45 (+3.5), is the 2nd ever fastest time by Filipina behind the National Record of Lydia De Vega (23.35). Richardson’s time of 23.45 +3.5 equates to around 23.60 to 23.80 with 2.0 to 0.0 wind conditions putting her in the best shape right now.

Also, note De Vega at 17 years of age won her first SEA Games title in the 200m Dash in the 1981 Manila edition with a time of 23.54 which still stands as the Philippine Junior Record. The first of four titles in this event were 83, 87, and 93. The last woman to win a medal in this event for the Philippines was Muros in 95.

Based on recent forms #4-7 should make up the other finalists with one of #8-10 grabbing the last spot for the final. Nguyen Thi Oanh the only returning medalist from 2013 who took the bronze in 24.02 has a best time of 24.67 but could pull a surprise as she has mainly been training for the 400m.


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