2017 SEA Games Athletics Schedule Malaysia
2017 SEA Games Athletics Day 3 Early Report
Article by Manolo Pedralvez (NB: with some edits)
KUALA LUMPUR – Fil-Am Trenten Beram was poised to avenge compatriot Eric Shawn Cray. After topping the men’s 200-meter heats Wednesday. While evergreen Arniel Ferrera reached the podium again in the second day of action of the 29th Malaysian Southeast Asian Games track fest at the National Stadium here.
Racing in the same heat as newly-crowned century dash men’s champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan, Beram sent a warning to the Malaysian he would not go unchallenged in topping the 200-meter heats in 20.99 seconds.
Jantan, who dethroned Cray in the men’s century dash last Tuesday. Came in second in 21.36 seconds. While the other Filipino runner, Archand Bagsit, clocked 21.50 seconds also made it to the finals set at 9:40 p.m.
Southeast Asian Games sprint queen Kayla Richardson appeared sluggish in the women’s 200-meters heats. Richardson Placing fourth overall in 24.57 seconds. A tenth of a second slower than compatriot Zion Rose Nelson, who was the third-fastest qualifier in 24.56 seconds.
Vietnam’s Le Tu Chinh (23.63) and Singapore’s Shanti Pereira (24.17) were 1-2, respectively, in the heats and will head the least runners in the women’s 200-meter finals at 9:30 p.m.
The early good news of the day was the bronze-medal performance of the semi-retired Ferrera. Most noteworthy is the fact Ferrera is a four-time SEA Games champion. As a result, he heaved the hammer to a distance of 55.94 meters.
“I wanted to show our athletes that we coaches serve as role models and should remain fit even while we are coaching,” Ferrera, 36, an Air Force Master Sargeant, who is now a member of the national coaching staff, said.
Also scheduled to compete later are gold-medal hopeful Mark Harry Diones in the men’s triple jump at 8:10 p.m.And Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog in the men’s 800-meter run at 8:50 pm.
2017 SEA Games Vietnam 13 Gold Fire Storm and Rise of Sprint Queen Chinh
Aug 28, 2017
If anything was a serious trend. Vietnam continued to build its dominance in Women’s Athletics sweeping no less than 13 of 22 golds available or 59% of all the golds. 10 on the track and 3 on the field. The program greatly assisted by world-renowned coach Loren Seagrave has shown a lot of success. More than doubling their previous tally.
Vietnam had 6 golds in women’s athletics in 2015 in Singapore SEA Games. And at that time Thailand had dominated with 8. Today was the beginning of a new era for Vietnamese Women.
Le Tu Chinh started by taking the 100m and 200m titles away from the Philippines and Singapore. Re-establishing an era of dominance once enjoyed by 4x SEA Games Champion Vu Thi Thuong. The 5’6 20-year-old 23.32 time was just .02 seconds away from breaking the SEA Games Record. Chinh also joined a very young Vietnamese 4×100 to take not just the SEA Games title but the record as well from the Thais.
In the 400m Huyen Nguyen defended her SEA Games title, and won by nearly 2m from Dipna Lim Prasad of Singapore. Huyen also defended her 400 Hurdles and broke her Games Record of 56.15 with 56.07.
While Huyen also helped a very strong quartet defend the title in the 4×400. Quach the Asian Champs Silver medalist was rested for this event only
While in the 800 Vu Thi Ly bronze last SEA Games took the title from defending champion Do Thi Thao,
Nguyen Thi Oanh made the most of no Steeple Chase event at SEA Games by winning the 1500 and taking the 5000 titles away from the legendary Triyansinigh of Indonesia.
The Vietnamese were equally impressive in the field with Duong Thi Viet Anh tying first place with Singapore,
Bu Thi Thao who has been impressive all year in the Long Jump after winning the Asian Championships, got the better of defending champion Maria Londa of Indonesia and upgraded her silver to gold with a 6.68m National Record. While Vu Thi Men set a National Record in the Triple Jump to deprive Londa of defending her other title.
The men were equally impressive contributing 5 golds. Vietnam had a total of 18 Golds and now has taken over as Thailand as the Regional power in athletics.
Win for Chinh, Vietnam reclaims Mantle of SEA Sprint Queen
Aug 23, 2017
Le Tu Chinh came into the SEA Games with the 3-4 fastest times in South East Asia after her personal best time of 11.47 at the Thailand Open back in May. Chinh had big expectations of a nation that was looking at reclaiming its southeast Asian Games title. It was Vu Thi Huong 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013 Champion that the Vietnamese Athletic community had grown used to being on top of this event.
When Vu retired before the 2015 SEA Games after dominating the scene for nearly a decade, the title went to the Philippines with 17-year-old Kayla Richardson the surprise winner at the Singapore SEA Games. Chinh that year was the SEA School Girl Champion and broke the record at that meet. However, she did not even make the relay team at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
From then on in the 5’6 Chinh continued to better her times. She even captured the Gold at the Asian Beach Champs in the 60m. And then a bronze at the Asian Grand Prix.
It was expected to be a big showdown between her and defending Champion Kayla Richardson. However, Richardson coaches opted to focus her on the 200m Dash. So it will be a big clash between the two of them in the 200.
Chinh went out in front in the 100 after 11.49 in heats and then went out fast an no one was ever going to catch her she won in 11.54. Which only she has run faster than this year in South East Asia.
Zaidatul Zulkifili the home favorite from Malaysia took Silver in 11.74 a very distant second and Shanti of Malaysia took bronze in 11.76. Richardson winning time in Singapore was 11.76, so this was a much faster race (she has a PB of 11.67). Wannakit who took Bronze and Silver in the last 2 SEA Games faded to 6th place. While Zion Nelson of the Philippines was last in 12.01.
SEA Games Day 1 Athletics Preview and Start Lists
Day 1 of the Oval events of Athletics will start tomorrow. Up for grabs is the title of Fastest Man and Fastest Woman in South East Asia. Surprisingly Kayla Anise Richardson of the Philippines will not be defending her SEA Games title she runs in the most breathtaking fashion in 2015 in Singapore. Still by all means a very young sprinter at 19, Richardson will focus her efforts on the 200m Title.
The emphasis perhaps shifts to Le Tu Chinh who had a wonderful set of improvements this year, Chinh who was the SEA School Girl Champion in 2015, and the Asian Beach Champion in 60 last year. Dominated the Thai Open and got a bronze medal at the Asian Grand Prix. She has the top three fastest times this year at 11.47, 11.54 and 11.61. Chinh lines up in the first heat against Zion Rose Nelson of the Philippines who is the 3rd fastest in 2017 in 11.69.
Heat 2 is led by local favorite Zaidatul Zulkifili who has a legal PB of 11.62 this year and has run a wind-aided 11.36, Zulkifili was 4th at the last SEA Games. Up against her in Heat 2 is SEA Games silver medalist Tassaporn Wanakit of Thailand who has had a rather up and down season.
In the Men’s it will be a very tough challenge for Eric Cray of the Philippines to defend his title as the organizers have placed the 400 Hurdles Final 30-40 minutes before the 100 Final. Cray won the 2015 SEA Games in 10.25, some .2 ahead of second place. The 2015 Silver medalist Boby Yaspi who has run 10.36 from Indonesia lines up in his heat, along with Jonathan Nyepa of Malaysia who clocked 10.28 in Korean Open and Namsuwan of Thailand who has a PB of 10.36. It’s expected those 4 and probably Calvin Kang also of Singapore will advance to the finals in the evening.
In heat 2 the challenger for the title 19-year-old 2016 Asian Junior Champion Khairul Jantan of Malaysia who has a PB of 10.18. The SEA Games Record is 10.17 by Agung Wibowo of Indonesia. Cray is in Heat 1 and Jantan is in Heat 2. Also strong here is the 2015 Bronze medalist Iswandi and 2013 SEA Games Champion Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand. Anfernee Lopena of the Philippines will have to do a lot better than Asian Champs to make it through to the finals.
Cray will also have to balance 2 rounds of 400 Hurdles with 2 rounds of 100m. He should cruise through Heat 1 of the 400 Hurdles. Whereas in the second Heat Medina (51.26) will be up against SEA Game Silver Medalist Quach and Bronze medalist Andrian. Medina beat Andrian at the Singapore Open. Medina should comfortably qualify for the finals, providing he is over his hamstring injuries.
The Women’s 400 Hurdles is a straight final with Nguyen Thi Huyen the defending champion of Vietnam expected to dominate again. Dipna Lim Prasad should take silver. While Khonkham of Thailand bronze.
In the 800 Marco Vilog of the Philippines has drawn Heat 1, along with Royson Vincent of Malaysia. Vilog beat Vincent 1.51.04 to 1.51.24 in the Malaysian Open. The two have the fastest time of the year. Also in this heat is Pleenram of Thailand who has very fast 46 sec 400 PB which until now he hasn’t been able to utilize in an 800.
In Heat 2 The Champion of the last 2 SEA Games Duong Van Thai of Vietnam, is with the complete set of medalists from 2015, including Mervin Guarte of the Philippines and Yothin Yoprajan of Thailand, also having a good year is Asif Jiyadeen of Malaysia who has run 1.51.69.
Aries Toledo of the Philippines will go up against Suttisak Singkhon of Thailand the Asian Champion in the Decathlon. The two competed against each other at the Thai Open with Singkhon coming out better off.
In the Javelin, Rosie Villarito of the Philippines and Evalyn Palabrica have a very tough challenge up against the 3 Medalists from the SEA Games who have all thrown well over 50m this year. For the 38-year-old Villarito this may be the swan song to her illustrious career spanning 2 decades in the national team. The highlight becoming SEA Games Champion in 2009.
In other events, Malaysia Muhammad Irfan is expected to dominate and vows to break the SEA Games Record of former 9 times SEA Games Champion James Wong of Singapore. Irfan already has the SEA Record. Wong Record is 59.50m. Irfan already boasts a PB of 62.55m. There are only 4 entries in the Discus. While world Para Games Champion Zolkefili who was bronze last SEA Games will be taken on the might of the 2 Big Thais Khachen and Juntima.
SEA Games Marathon 2017 Men’s and Women’s Start List
Aug 18, 2017
Tomorrow will be the Men’s and Women’s Marathon. The first of the athletic events. With athletics main competition resuming on August 22.
Soh Rui Yong of Singapore the defending champion comes back as the favorite here with a PB of 2.24.55. However Bui The Anh is the fastest man there with 2.24.12. SEA Games veteran and 2015 Silver medalist Boonthung Srisung is also there, along with SEA Games 10k Champion Agus Prayogo. Hoang Thanh the SEA Games bronze medalist from Vietnam did not make the team as two faster Viets got in instead.
Jesson Agravante of the Philippines with a best of 2:35.13 is unlikely to make the podium
with 8 Men running below 2:30 in this race.
* Kuniaki PB 2:30:26 /2017 2:30.43
*Viro around 2:40
In the Womens with Olympians Jane Vongvorotchi of Thailand retired, and Triyaningsih of Indonesia focussing on the 5k and 10k titles. Mary Joy Tabal, 28 goes in as the favorite with the best time of 2:43.31 she will up against 38 year old defending champion Natthaya Thanaronnawat of Thailand and Vietnam’s SEA Games Bronze medalist Hoang Thi Thanh who has improved to 2:45. Its likely these three will sort out the top 3 places among them.
SEA Games 2017 Athletics Results Day 1
Qualifiers for Womens 100 Final SEA Games Kuala Lumpur Final Later Tonight
1. Chinh (Vietnam) 11.49 1h1
2. Zulkifili (Malaysia) 11.61 1h2
3. Pereira (Singapore) 11.73 2h2
4. Mohammed (Malaysia) 11.80 2h1
5. Tuyen (Vietnam) 11.82 3h2
6. Thipat (Thailand) 11.87 3h1
7. Nelson (Philippines) 11.88 4h1
8. Wannakit (Thailand) 11.89 4h2
Womens 100m Finals
GOLD Chinh (Vietnam) 11.56
SILVER Zulkifili (Malaysia) 11.74
BRONZE Pereira (Singapore) 11.76
4. Thipat (Thailand) 11.83
5. Mohamad (Malaysia) 11,85
6. Wanakit (Thailand) 11.891
7. Tuyen (Vietnam) 11.897
8. Nelson (Philippines) 12.01
Qualifiers for Men’s 100 Final SEA Games
Kuala Lumpur Final Later Tonight
1. Jantan (Malaysia) 10.34 1h2
2. Meenapra (Thailand) 10.46 2h2
3. Iswandi (Indonesia) 10.56 3h2
4. Cray (Philippines) 10.58 1h1
5. Nyepa (Malaysia) 10.60 2h1
6. Namsuwun (Thailand) 10.65 3h1
7. Yaspi (Indonesia) 10.65 4h1
8. Kang (Singapore) 10.66 5h1
Mens 100m Finals
GOLD.Jantan (Malaysia) 10.38
SILVER Cray (Philippines) 10.425
BRONZE Namsuwun (Thailand) 10.428
4. Jirapong Meenapra (Thailand) 10.64
5. Jonathan Nyepa (Malaysia) 10.66
6. Boby Yaspi (Indonesia) 10.67
7. Iswandi (Indonesia) 10.72
8. Kang (Singapore) 10.74
Qualifiers for Men’s 400 Hurdles Final SEA Games
Kuala Lumpur Final Later Tonight
- Medina (Philippines) 51.48 1h2
- Quach (Vietnam) 51.60 2h2
- Andrian (Indonesia) 52.07 3h2
- Hoang (Vietnam) 52.53 1h1
- Cray (Phi)
- Khanom (Thailand) 53.00 4h2
- Farhan (Malaysia) 53.16 5h2
Mens 400m Hurdles Finals
GOLD Cray (Philippines) 50.03
SILVER Lich (Vietnam) 50.05
BRONZE Andrian (Indonesia) 51.52
4. Hoang (Vietnam) 52.30
5. Khanom (Thailand) 52.70
6. Binsar (Indonesia) 53.16
7. Hafsyam (Malaysia) 54.65
8. Medina (Philippines) DNF
Mens Discus Finals
GOLD Irfan (Malaysia) 58.36m
SILVER Benjaroon (Thailand) 50.65m
BRONZE Abdul Raman (Malaysia) 44.80m
(only 3 entries)
SEA Games Long Jump Selection 2017: a selectors Nightmare!
April 1, 2017
The Results of the national open threw further confusion at who would be lining up for the Philippines at the 2017 SEA Games in a few months in August in the Men’s Long Jump.
The event was truly stunning. In what might be the strongest field in the history of the national open. 6 of the Top 10 all-time jumpers five lined up in the Men’s Division and the other one lined up in the Juniors.
Please note the SEA Games bronze medal was 7.51m in 2015.
Visitor Amila Pedige of Sri Lanka won the event in an excellent 7.83m. Now based on finishing place Janry Ubas was the best performance by a Filipino at this event with 7.52m, Julian Fuentes 7.44m, Jerry Belibestre (19 years old in Juniors) 7.43m, Benigno Marayag 7.35m, Tyler Ruiz 7.32m, and Donovont Arriola the SEA Games bronze medalist did not register a jump.
Now based on best performances from SEA Games 2015 to current, wind-aided jumps not included. Tyler Ruiz 7.78m, Julian Fuentes 7.69m, Donovont Ariola 7.64m, Janry Ubas 7.55m, Jerry Belibestre 7.47m.
And based on performances for the year 2017 7.78m Tyler Ruiz, Julian Fuentes 7.59m, Janry Ubas 7.52m, Aristeo Dela Pena 7.44m, Jerry Belibestre 7.43m.
My analysis is that if Belibestre who is the only Junior lined up here doesn’t get selected for SEA Games. PATAFA should consider sending him to more international meets including Asian Juniors for his excellent progress and his performances.
The fact he trains outside Manila with his coaches in Bacolod should not even be an issue for this as long as he continues to improve and hit the standards.
If the selection is based off best performances, Ruiz is the only one in this group to hit the Gold Medal standard of SEA Games but his performance wasn’t great at national open and he finished behind four Filipino Athletes.
If it was already agreed the National Open is the selection basis Ubas and Fuentes would be the shoo in’s. They both beat everyone else and they both have achieved the bronze medal standard. Ubas even hit the bronze standard again at the event leaping 7.52m, and he has leaped 7.55m so he has exceeded 2015 bronze twice. Fuentes leaped 7.59m earlier in the year and has a PB of 7.69m also over the 7.51m. So these two are capable of exceeding the bronze standard.
Donovont Ariola has also consistently exceeded the bronze standard and he was a proven bronze medalist last SEA Games. Although he wasn’t able to register a leap at nationals.
So the question is if the PATAFA hasn’t already selected their two candidates for the SEA Games then how long will they be given to select? The cut off is around June.
This seems more difficult than SEA Games 2015 when it was between Dagmil, Fuentes, and Donovont.
I already have my opinion on who I think should be selected but I’m not going to share it (it will just stare emotions) and leave it for the reader to evaluate and PATAFA to ultimately decide.
Philippines Long Jump Men’s All-Time List
|1||7.99m||0.2||Henry Dagmil||071.2.81||1||Jim Bush Classic||Eagle Rock||07.06.08|
|2||7.78m||Tyler Ruiz||91||1||Aztec Invite||San Diego||24.03.17|
|3||7.74m||Joebert Delicano||16.01.80||2||SEA Games||Vientiane||15.12.09|
|4||7.69m||Julian Reem Fuentes||95||1||National Open||Singapore||.04.16|
|6||7.64m||Donovant Ariola||16.01.91||1||National Open||Santa Cruz||03.05.15|
|7||7.61m||Benigno Marayag||05.03.86||3||SEA Games||Jakarta||13.11.11|
|8||7.55m||-0.9||Janry Ubas||94||1||Weekly Relays||Pasig||05.11.16|
|9||7.50m||Arturo Orozco||San Fernando||05.02.63|
|10||7.47m||Jose Jerry Belibestre||98||1||ASEAN School Games||Brunei||2015|
2017 SEA Games Qualifying Athletics
- Please note in some events such as Men’s & Women’s Marathon the standard was very low compared to previous years due to weather. So several SEA Athletes are already below the gold medal standard.
- As per the prediction of PATAFA, I read in the Manila Bulletin (article by Nico Giongco) 14.10.16. PATAFA had predicted 12 golds in Athletics.
- Based on my data the maximum we will win is 8 Golds.
The Highlights indicate if an athlete made the standard from 2015 July up until the present. This includes existing medallists who due to age and new younger athletes from other SEA Nations possibly could not place this high.
Provided by Mohamad Ali of Malaysia Athletics
2017 SEA Games Athletics Schedule Malaysia
Thanks to Mr. Mohammad Ali for providing us a copy of the schedule. Also for updates or changes please refer to the