Oct 4, 2016
The Philippines gained three medals in the 2016 Malaysian National Open held in Kuala Lumpur from September 30 to October 2.
The highest honor went to Francis Medina, the 20-year-old playing his first year of senior competition clocked a new personal best of 52.82 improving on his mark of 53.26 from the NCAA in February. Medina placed second behind Saleem Hamid of Kuwait who won in 51.70. The performance hurled Medina from 10th to 5th in the 2016 SEA Ranking List. It also put him within range of top 10 of all time, #10 Domingo Manta 52.78.
His time was outside the SEA Games bronze standard of 51.36. But with another 12 months to go, he is making some good progress.
The other medals came from two old warhorses of the Philippine Team. 37-year-olds Rosie Villarito and Narcisca Atienza. Atienza delivered a silver with a score in the Heptathlon in 4369. However, she lost to Malaysia’s Norliyana Kamaruddin 4913 pts. Nars scored 4798 pts last SEA Games to get the bronze behind Thai’s Sunisa (5396 pts) and Kotchakorn (5280 pts).
In the Women’s Javelin, Rosie Villarito who was suffering from hamstring issues threw 41.30m. Jariya Bichaidt (Thailand) took the Gold in 48.74m and silver went to Fatin Shahiera (Malaysia) 41.95m.
It’s very likely at their advanced age it will be the last time to see Atienza and Villarito attempt to qualify for the SEA Games.
In the 400 Hurdles, Marilyn Avila was disqualified after finishing second place.Results can be found at Adriansprints.com
Regarding Marilyn Avila DQ in Malaysia Open 400 Hurdles Statement
To those who are asking kung bakit ako Na DQ?
2016 Malaysia Athletics Championship ended today with a very disappointing result at 400-meter hurdle women this afternoon. Our athlete Mary Lyn Avila finish 2nd close behind the first place from Malaysia but turned out to be disqualified from the announcement/posting of a result.
I immediately consult the referee to know what was happening, the track referee said that the lane umpire positioned on the first curved reported that the athlete from lane 6(Avila) deliberately hit the 2nd hurdle without the detailed action of our athlete on such hurdle to support the claim.
We did saw the case and Avila also supported that she jumps over the 2nd hurdle but hit the hurdle in her downward motion as a result of her chopping action which is clearly not her intention to hit the hurdle. one that supports this claim is her wound on her right Achilles(lead leg) resulting from her chopping action. another thing is that it was the only hurdle out of ten that have been hit.
Then I told the referee that I will file a protest, and he said that I must see the meet manager. Then the meet manager advised me to make a protest letter and need to pay a 100 US dollar, so then I immediately comply. a moment later even with my action, the awarding ceremony for the 400m hurdles for women took place. Avila was deeply distressed and crying while watching the ceremony…….
The jury composes of 5 invite me and mary lyn to discuss the issue…one of the juries opened up the meeting by saying that the group decided to decline my protest when I try to explain and justify. to my surprise they don’t even know the chopping of hurdles term on my letter, I demonstrate it to them that chopping is the action of the lead leg from above the hurdle going down, then one of them ask “why it was hit if it was downward”,
I said that it was because she takes off early and actually he nearly falls on the landing. saying also the wound on Achilles was the proof of this action. then, one of them said, ” The wound might exist yesterday or the other day”…
I assess that none of them was a hurdler or knowledgeable about hurdles and don’t know much about hurdle rules.
one of them said ” if you hit the hurdle with your lead leg you will be disqualified”….. I said ” the rule state that it doesnt mean you hit the hurdle then you automatically disqualified”and alot more argument.
It looks like I’m debating in front of 5 old men but in the end, they said that they will discuss
with themselves again and inform us of the results…………………..
We wait and the final decision is very disappointing! DECLINED!
They said that ” please do not be disappointed by our decision”I said to them my last word… ” we will accept your decision but we are disappointed, asking how can I explain this to my athlete” …
Anyway, Narcisa Atienza in Heptathlon got a Silver, Francis Medina-Silver in 400 hurdles and Rosie Villarito got a Bronze in the javelin
Statement of Philippines National Head Coach Sean Guevarra
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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