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2016 Children of Asia Meet Report

2016 Children of Asian Meet Report: Veruel Verdadero takes Bronze in 200 at Yakutsk

Veruel Verdadero
Veruel Verdadero

Batang Pinoy Record Holder Veruel Verdadero improved his PB. Winning a surprise bronze medal from Lane 1 in the Boys 200m Dash. Fernando Dagasgas coach Verdadero from Cavite.

Verdadero was 6th place in the 100m Final in a new PB of 11.38.

2016 Children of Asian Meet Report Articles from Judith Caringal

Dzsr Sports Radio reporter-writer Philippines Broadcasting Service

Veruel Elumba Verdadero in lane 1 snatched a Bronze Medal in 200m clocking 23.17 behind the Sri Lankan 22.97 and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 23.14; it is a scintillating performance of the pride of Dasmarinas City considering the height and the size of his opponents but still managed to land a medal over Chinese 4th 23.23 Russian 5th 23.26 Thailander 6th placer 23.42.

The 15-year-old Veruel Verdadero successfully got what he has been praying for the past days. Duplicating the medal showing of his teammates Samantha Limos and Eduard Josh Buenavista.

Verdadero was again a slow starter but caught up in the last 100 meters. And took the lead from the last 50 only to lose in the last 20 when Sri Lanka’s Shalika Santhush and Saudi Arabia’s Al Marwani Ahmed surged to the line.

Sri Lanka won the gold in 22.97 seconds, Saudi Arabia the silver in 23.14, and Verdadero in 23.17 seconds, point 01 of a second ahead of 4th and 5th placers from China Russia. Thailand was 6th and last.

Verdadero, who could not help sobbing when the long-delayed result was finally announced, sets sights on Indonesia’s 2017 Asian Youth Games.

The Batang Pinoy gold medalist shrugged off the 9 °Celsius weather saying.. ” Ang hirap po, hindi ako pinapawisan sa warm up, hirap rin huminga , natakot ako na baka mag cramps sa huli..pero salamat naka medal, bihira ang Pinoy na nananalo sa sprint kaya happy ako “.

Meanwhile, Eduard Josh Buenavista came short for a possible second medal. A bronze in the 3,000 meters, losing a sprint by point 3 of a second to the line against Sakha-Russia Republic’s Ivan Arzhakov—the same opponent who beat him for the gold in Monday’s 2,000m steeplechase.

100-meter bronze medalist Samantha Limos failed to advance into the 200meter finals, setting only the 8th best time in the heats at 26.6 seconds.


2016 Children of Asian Meet Report Josh Buenavista, Bertek, the son continues family legacy Children of Asia meet Yakutsk Silver Steeples

Jul 13, 2016

Articles by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 


Eduard Josh Buenavista, 14, followed in his famous father Eduardo Buenavista with a silver medal at the Children of Asia meet in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic. Josh took the bronze medal in the 2000m, Steeple Chase.

Eduardo Buenavista is a 2x SEA Games Champion in the Marathon, Olympian, and bronze medalist at the 10,000 meters in the Asian Games. He garnered a total of 4 SEA Games gold medals in a career that spanned just under 20 years. Buenavista holds the Philippine Records in the 5000, 10000, and Marathon.

Reports from Ms. Judith Caringal

Dzsr Sports Radio reporter-writer at Philippine Broadcasting Service

The son also rises! Eduard Josh Buenavista wins the silver medal in the Children of Asia Intl Games in Yakutsk. The 14-year-old son of Vertek Buenavista clocked 6:27.70 …

He was teary-eyed while talking to Dzsr SportsRadio ” para po sa parents ko eto, pangarap ko eto, masarappala feeling makamedal…umalalay ako after the first lap umiwas ako na magcramps salamat kay God kinaya sa una intl competition ko”.

Rusdia Sakha 1 won gold at 6:22, Sri Lanka bronze at 6:33. Other competitors were 2 Kazakhs, 3 Russians, and Yemen.



Narrow miss at the podium in 3000m

Eduard Josh Buenavista narrowly missed the bronze in the 3,000 meters …he was in a close fight with an eventual bronze medalist from Russia, clocking 9:12.92..losing by point 37 of a second. Russia won the gold while China took the silver. A good performance indeed for a first timer in an international competition!!!

Photo Credit Judith Caringal
Photo Credit Judith Caringal

Samantha Limos 100m Children of Asia Bronze

Samantha Limos 100m Children of Asia Bronze

Samantha Limos 100m Children of Asia Bronze 

Jul 11, 2016

Good work from the little girl from Cebu 4’10 with the stride of a 5’6 girl. Well done to her coach Ilde Banzon of the University of Cebu, and his team also. I interviewed Limos, the Batang Pinoy Champion and record holder, last year and became Palaro Champion and record holder in 2016. This was her first international meet at the Yakutsk Children of Asia Games, a Russian dependency in the Sakha Republic.

Article from Judith Caringal

Dzsr Sports Radio reporter-writer at Philippine Broadcasting Service

Yakutsk Games Day 4 Results:

Palarong Pambansa sprint queen Samantha Gem Limos won the bronze medal in the Girls’ 100 meters, handing the Philippines the second medal in the Children of Asia International Games.

Limos talents shone in the international scene when the 14-year old Cebuana grabbed third place against a strong field in the Girls’ 100-meter finals at the Tuymada Stadium.

She clocked 12.47 seconds, way behind her Palaro mark of 11.99 seconds but enough to edge out a Vietnamese for the bronze. Point 06 seconds ahead of Limos was Pawinee Pudburree of Thailand, while Azerbaijan’s

Yelena Pekhtireva bagged the gold in 12.24 seconds. Limos, who topped her heat in 12.67 seconds, the 4th best time to the finals, recovered from a slow start to win a medal in her first-ever international competition.

In the Boys’ division, Dasmarinas Cavite sprinter Veruel Verdadero checked in third in his heat at 11.5 seconds and likewise made it to the finals, where he recorded a good 6th finish at 11.38 seconds in a very tight finish of several behind the 11.20 seconds of gold medalist from Sri Lanka.

Another Dasma Cavite runner Aaliyah Ingram competed in the all-timed 400 meters, finishing 3rd in her heat at 1 minute and 01.8 seconds.



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. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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