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2016 Thailand Open Athletics

July 8, 2016

SEA Games Silver medalist Mervin Guarte got back from his close defeat at the PATAFA open meet by beating his nemesis Marco Vilog.

The more experienced Guarte took the win at the 800 meters at the Thai Open in 1.52.03 to 1.52.17 over Vilog, who participated in his first international meet.

Wenlie Maulas was fifth 1:53.58. Mindoro vs. Mindoro as Guarte and Vilog, who both originally came through Lyceum of Batangas veteran coach Ilagan went head to head.


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2015 SEA Games Bronze Medalist Edgardo Alejan took silver in the 400 in 47.32, behind Sri Lanka’s H.M. Dilip Ruwan 46.99. Ryan Bigyan was 6th in 48.12, and Reymond Alferos 7th in 48.49.

In Semi-Finals 1, Alferos ran 48.12, a new personal best, defeating SEA Games 4x400m member Joan Caido 48.30. Caido failed to advance to the final. In Semi-Final 3, Alejan ran 47.90 to win, with Bigyan third in 48.22.

Alejan won heat 2 in 47.79, Caido was 2nd in heat 3 in 47.93,  Bigyan was 2nd in heat 2 in 48.59. Alferos won heat 5 in 48.65.

The Philippines quartet of Alejan, Bagsit, Bigyan, and Caido, the same team of the 2015 SEA Games silver, took the gold in the 4×400 relay in 3:11.93 from a Thai team and East Java.


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In the 200, Archand Bagsit ran 21.76 and finished 6th in the finals won by Australian Tom Gamble in 21.05 (0.1).

Mercado was 4th in Semi-Final 1 in 22.43 (-1.3).

Bagsit got 2nd in semi-final 2 in 22.14 (-2.2).

Bagsit won his heat in 21.84, and Mercado was 2nd in 22.70 in his heat.

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Vilog, Guarte, Maulas, Thai Runners.

ulboc12013 & 2015 SEA Games Champion Christopher Ulboc won the gold medal in Thailand

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Thai Open Day 2: Ulboc Gets Gold

Jul 6, 2016

Open as Day 2 took action. The Grizzly Bear, now coached by 5x SEA Games Champion Rene Herrera, clocked 9.13.04. Ulboc had a PB of 8.56 at the Singapore Open last year. Following for the silver was Immuel ‘The Oso’ Camino in 9.24.14. Camino, a student at Arellano and Ulboc’s training partner, was outside his PB of 9.16.84 set in the Taipei Open three weeks ago.

No Filipino entry in the Men’s Pole Vault but SEA Games Champion Poranot Purahong improved his PB to 5.35m in the Men’s Pole Vault.


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All Guarte photo credits to Rene ‘Calve-man’ Herrera

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2016 Thailand Open Day 1 Partial Report: Guarte gets Silver

Jul 5, 2016

The Philippines sent its contingent to the Thailand Open a few days ago. However, only some results are available, thanks to Mr. Jad Adrian Washif and some onsite reporting.

A silver medal was gained by Mervin Guarte very close behind his Sri Lankan opponent in 3.56.01 in the 1500m.

Melvin Calano, the National Champion, picked up fourth in the Javelin in 64.55m, a bit outside his 68.75m PB.

Despite facing some strong opposition from some Japanese and Hong Kong Athletes. He finished behind two southeast Asian athletes Bundit Chuangchai (Thailand) and Hadi Sudirman (Indonesia). Neither Chuangchai nor Sudirman was part of the SEA Games, and at most, they are reserves for the relay squads (not ranked top 6 in their countries).

The 400m Dash was reported in the heats SEA Games. Bronze medalist Edgardo Alejan ran 47.5/47.8. Joan Caido, who won the Manila Open meet on June 24, ran 47.97, Reymond Alferos clocked a new PB of 48.11, and Ryan Bigyan 48.27. Archand Bagsit, the other member of the 4×400 Silver at SEA Games with Alejan, Caido, and Bigyan, opted to focus on the 200m Dash.

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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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