2017 Hong Kong Invitational
2017 Hong Kong Invitational Philippine Athletes – 2017 Hong Kong Invitational Day 2 Report & Results
June 26, 2019
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.
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.
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 ended up running 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 previous seasons best was 14.37 at the last time trials.
2017 Hong Kong 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.
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
2017 Hong Kong Invitational Day 2: Philippine Men’s 4×100 Breaks the 40 Second Barrier
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.
This shows a lot of promise despite there being 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.
While as of now Indonesia which is training in Japan leads the Rankings with a 39.13 National record run, followed by Thailand who clocked 39.54 at their national championships recently. 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 39.24. And Indonesia 39.32 (then a National Record).
No 4×400 event was available.
2017 Hong Kong Invitational Philippine Men’s 4×100
2017 Hong Kong Invitational Athletics Day 1
The small Philippines Team delegation that is training in Hong Kong to prepare for 2017 SEA Games participated int he Hong Kong Invitational on June 24.
In a lot of events, the competition as always in this event was not very strong. 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 seasons 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 int he 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.
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, which was 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 from his 7.78m win in 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.
Francis Medina who is recovering from a hamstring injury opted not to run in the 400 Hurdles.
While the meet served as a good practice it didn’t reveal any indications of performance come SEA Games.
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 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
- Anfernee Lopena (100m)
- Archand Bagsit (200m)
- Tyler Ruiz (Long Jump)
- Janry Ubas (Long Jump)
- Mark Harry Diones (Triple Jump)
- Eloiza Luzon (100m, 200m)
- Katherine Khay Santos (100m, Long Jump)
The Philippines is also entered in the Relays. Although its 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 as they are preparing with their respective coaches in the United States.
The other athletes bound to SEA Games are either training in Baguio or in Manila.
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