2017 Hong Kong Athletics

Last Updated on January 6, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2017 Hong Kong Athletics Invitational Philippine Athletes – 2017 Hong Kong Athletics Invitational Day 2 Report & Results



2017 Hong Kong Athletics Invitational Day 2 Report

The rest of the Report on the 2017 Hong Kong Invitational Day 2 Report is being provided now. I have been busy with work, so it’s been at the bottom of the to-do list.

The Philippines Sprinters, Hurdlers, and Jumpers began their training in Hong Kong, and some of them will be competing in the Asian Championships next week in India.


2017 Hong Kong Athletics 400m Improvements

Fil-Heritage Sprinter Trenten Beram clocked 46.99 to win Heat 1 of 3 and qualify with the fastest time in the Heats. Beram later withdrew from the final to focus on the 4×100. Which were 15 minutes after the final? Currently, Beram leads the 400m Rankings for SEA with 46.56.

Michael Del Prado clocked 48.00 to nail his PB and win the second heat. This improved Michael’s 48.42 from 18 May 2017.

A new member of the national team. Del Prado is the son of National Record Holder Isidro (45.57).

And he now has beaten the 48.02 best time of his older brother Isidro Del Prado Jr, a 2013 SEA Games Gold Medallist in the 4×100. While in the final, Michael took the bronze in 48.22 (his #2 best time ever).

Edgardo Alejan, now 31, the SEA Games Bronze medallist in the 400.

Took his season’s best down. Alejan clocked 47.96 to win Heat 3. While bettering his rather slow start to the season on 18 May with 48.17. Alejan clocked 47.72, another season-best to take the silver.

While Kawamitsu Kenta of Japan won the 400 Final in 47.31. Currently, Alejan has a PB of 46.96.

It seems like the SEA Games Composition for the 4×400 Beram has the best time, 46.56, followed by Decathlete Aries Toledo 47.71, Alejan at 47.72, and then Mico Del Prado with 48.00. Caido, Cray, and Bagsit are also in the SEA Games lineup for 2017.

UPDATE: As Cray and Beram did not run, they ran Alejan, Toledo, Bagsit, and Del Prado. A respectable Bronze.

While in the 110 Hurdles, Patrick Unso won in 14.02 -1.6 (his #2 ever best time). And Clinton Kingsley Bautista finally improved on his best time of 14.22 when he took Silver at the 2014 ASEAN School Games. Bautista took the bronze in 14.20 behind Chan Chun Wung. Especially relevant is that Bautista’s previous season’s best was 14.37 at the last time trials.

Eloiza Luzon took silver in 12.17 (-0.1) behind Lam On Ki 12.12. This equaled her time at last month’s time trial.


2017 Hong Kong Athletics Invitational Four back out

Mark Harry Diones did not participate in the Triple Jump. The 2017 SEA Leader with 16.70m. I was resting up for the Asian Championships next week.

While Anfernee Lopena also pulled out of the 100 to focus on the 4×100.

Also, in the 400 Hurdles, Francis Medina withdrew. Hence Nguyen Anh Tu of Vietnam took silver in 52.84.

Especially relevant is that Katherine Khay Santos, after winning the Long Jump in 6.08m, opted to rest from the 100 Heats

Hong Kong Summer Invitational Full Results


2017 Hong Kong Athletics Invitational Day 2: Philippine Men’s 4×100 Breaks the 40 Second Barrier

Philippine Men's 4x100
Philippine Men’s 4×100 2017 Hong Kong Athletics Invitational


The relay team of Anfernee Lopena, Patrick Unso, Archand Bagsit, and Fil-Heritage sprinter Trenten Beram clocked a new national record of 39.96 Philippine Men’s 4×100.

While at the 2017 Hong Kong Summer Invitational meet, the quartet finished second behind the Hong Kong A Team that won in 39.77.  And Hong Kong B took 3rd in 40.30.

The record broke the National record set in March at the National Open in Ilagan of Anfernee Lopena, Trenten Beram, Jomar Udtohan, and Eric Cray of 40.29.

This shows a lot of promise despite no other South East Asian relay team lined up in Hong Kong.

While Eric Cray was unavailable for this relay looks to strengthen the lineup at SEA Games.

Indonesia, which is training in Japan, leads the Rankings with a 39.13 National record run, followed by Thailand, who recently clocked 39.54 at their national championships. And the Philippines is ranked third in the South East Asian lists.

Last SEA Games, Thailand took the Men’s Relay Gold in 38.99, followed by Singapore at 39.24. And Indonesia 39.32 (then a National Record).

No 4×400 event was available.

2017 SEA Rankings Here

2017 Hong Kong Invitational Philippine Men’s 4×100

Philippine Men's 4x100
Philippine Men’s 4×100

2017 Hong Kong Invitational Athletics Day 1

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Janry Ubas gets gold in Long Jump.

The small Philippines Team delegation training in Hong Kong to prepare for the 2017 SEA Games participated in the Hong Kong Invitational on June 24.

In many events, the competition was not very strong as always in this event. With no South East, Asian athletes challenge the Philippine Athletes in any events today. Instead, they were pitted up against Chinese club athletes.

The team did take four golds. Archand Christian Bagsit won the 200 Meters, with the fastest time in the heats he clocked 21.76 (-1.6) in the heats.

While Bagsit further improved on his season’s best in the Finals, winning in 21.71 (-0.9), narrowly holding off Li Chao Hsuan (Taipei) 21.77 and Li Yili.  Bagsit improved on his 22.25 run from National Open; his best time is 21.54 from last year.

The second gold came from Eloiza Luzon, who clocked 24.94 (-1.4) to win gold in the Women’s 200 Meters. While Luzon improved her personal best of 24.95 from 2014. Luzon beat Chen Ka Yi 26.55 and Julian Rueven 26.79.

In the 400 Heats, Trenten Beram (Heat 1), Michael Del Prado (Heat 2), and Edgardo Alejan (Heat 3) are scheduled to run. Clinton Bautista and Patrick Unso are participating in the 110 Hurdles.

Francis Medina, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, opted not to run in the 400 Hurdles.


And what about the Jumpers ?

The third gold came from Katherine Khay Santos, who won with a 6.06m leap. This was slightly behind her best jump of 6.08m, leaped at the time trials a month back.  Santos’s best in this event is 6.41m from 2 years ago.

Janry Ubas won the Long Jump with a leap of 7.67m. Following up on his 7.78m win in the Thai Open and 7.88m leap at the performance trials. He did enough to win. He beat Chan Ming Lai (HKG) 7.50m and Wong Kan 7.25m.

Less impressive was Tyler Ruiz, who could only manage 7.03m and placed 5th. Ruiz, who earlier in the United States had leaped 7.79m and 7.54m.

While the meet served as a good practice, it didn’t reveal any SEA Games’ performance indications.


Philippine Athletes at the Hong Kong Summer Invitational

Philippine  Athletes, after training in Hong Kong, have their next meet on the calendar. After finishing at the Thai Open in early June. The next meet ongoing is the Hong Kong Open. Only the sprinters joined the Pre-SEA Games training camp in Hong Kong. Which is preparation for the 2017 SEA Games in August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? They are being supervised by American Coach Rohsaan Griffin and National Coach Noel George ‘Jojo’ Posadas.


List of Filipino Athletes at the Hong Kong Summer Invitational

The Philippines is also entered in the Relays. Although it’s unknown who comprises these teams.

Other SEA Games bound sprinters Kayla Richardson, Kyla Richardson, Zion Corrales-Nelson, Eric Cray, and Trenten Beram will not be joining the Hong Kong camp preparing with their respective coaches in the United States.

The other athletes bound to SEA Games are either training in Baguio or Manila.

2017 SEA Games Roster for Athletics

Also to be announced soon (if need be with partial information)

  • ASEAN School Games Team (July 2017 Singapore)
  • World University Games Team (August 2017 Taipei)

Philippine Men’s 4×100

2017 Hong Kong athletics Filipino Athletes Comprehensive Guide

Marestella Torres

Retrieved from Sun Star Baguio April 12, 2017
(Corrections in Red Font)

The Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) is sending 17 of its Philippines athletics to train in Hong Kong as part of their preparation for this year’s Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

PATAFA told Sports Radio the decision to send 17 athletes to a 6 to 7 weeks training camp. In Hong Kong, two international tournaments were finalized during Patafa’s meeting with Hong Kong Athletic Association chairman Kuan Kee last week.

Patafa earlier planned to send the athletes to Australia but opted for the Hong Kong training. Long jumper Marestela Torres-Sunang and hurdler Patrick Unso will lead the Hong Kong-bound delegation, including Katherine Khay Santos, Miko del Prado, Jomar Udtohan, Clinton Bautista, and Anfernee Lopena.

They will be accompanied by coaches Jojo Posadas and Jeoffrey Chua. Sunang currently holds the SEA Games record of 6.71 meters she established in Palembang, Indonesia, in 2011. In the same tournament, Unso set a new Games record of 14.58 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

Patrick Unso
Patrick Unso. 2017 Hong Kong Athletics

2017 Hong Kong Athletics

(Patrick Unso time of 14.58. Was a Philippine National Record in the 2011 SEA Games and a Phi Junior Record at the time. He again ran 14.12 at the 2015 SEA Games, the current Philippine National Record in 110 Hurdles).

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2017 Hong Kong Athletics Other Athletes Included Philippines athletics to train in Hong Kong

Also joining the trip are Edgardo Alejan Jr. (400m), Mervin Guarte (800m/1500m), Marco Vilog (800m/1500m), Christopher Ulboc (3000m Steeples), Immuel Camino (3000m), Mark Harry Diones (long jump), Julian Reem Fuentes (long jump), Aries Toledo (decathlon) and Jesson Agravante (marathon).

(All of the above names are not surprising. Guessing Agravante is the replacement for Poliquit. As Agravante was the surprise winner of the Milo Marathon last year).

Most of the athletes won medals in the recently-held Philippine Open International Track and Field Championships hosted by Isabela province.

Ernest Obiena

Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena has left Italy to attend a training program under top-notch coach Vitaly Petrov of Ukraine. Petrov, who is running the Pole Vault Centre in the Italian town of Formia, has produced world champions Sergei Bubka of Ukraine, Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia. Petrov also coached Brazilian Fabiana Murer. Who won the gold medal in the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2010.

The 21-year-old Obiena holds the national record of 5.55 meters. While in Italy, Obiena will compete in local tournaments to further enhance his skill against European pole vaulters. Obiena, whose father Emerson is a former Philippine pole vault icon. First trained under Petrov at the Spala Olympic Training Center in Warsaw, Poland, in 2014. (PNA).




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 Pinoyathletics.info, 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 http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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