2017 SEA Games Athletics

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2017 SEA Games Athletics

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2017 SEA Games Athletics Day 3 Early Report

Article by Manolo Pedralvez  (NB: with some edits)

Trenten Beram

2017 SEA Games Athletics

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 on the second day of action of the 29th Malaysian 2017 SEA Games Athletics Fest at the National Stadium.

Racing in the same heat as newly-crowned century dash men’s champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan, Beram warned 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 and 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 is Placing fourth overall in 24.57 seconds.

It was a tenth of a second slower than compatriot Zion Rose Nelson, 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 Athletics Vietnam 13 Gold Fire Storm and Rise of Sprint Queen Chinh

Aug 28, 2017

2017 SEA Games Athletics

Suppose anything was a serious trend. On the contrary, 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 at 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 young Vietnamese 4×100 to take the SEA Games title and the Thais’ record.

2017 SEA Games Athletics

Other Vietnam

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 powerful 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 the no Steeple Chase event at the 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 for 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. At the same time, 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. As a result, Vietnam had 18 Golds and now has taken over Thailand as the Regional power in athletics.

Win for Chinh, Vietnam reclaims Mantle of 2017 SEA Games Athletics Sprint Queen.

Aug 23, 2017

Le Tu Chinh came into the 2017 SEA Games Athletics Meet with the 3-4 fastest 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.

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, 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.


Best of the Rest

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 heat and then went out fast, and no one was ever going to catch her; she won in 11.54. Only she has run faster than this year in South East Asia.

Zaidatul Zulkifli, the home favorite from Malaysia, took Silver in 11.74, a very distant second, and Shanti of Malaysia took bronze in 11.76.

Richardson’s winning time in Singapore was 11.76, which 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. At the same time, Zion Nelson of the Philippines was last in 12.01.

2017 SEA Games Womens 100m Final
2017 SEA Games Athletics Womens 100m Final
2017 SEA Games Medal Tally Athletics
2017 SEA Games Athletics Medal Tally Athletics

2017 SEA Games Athletics 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 most breathtakingly in 2015 in Singapore. Still, by all means, a very young sprinter at 19, Richardson will focus her 200m Title efforts.

The emphasis perhaps shifted to Le Tu Chinh, who had a wonderful set of improvements this year, Chinh, 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, the 3rd fastest in 2017 in 11.69.

Heat 2 is led by local favorite Zaidatul Zulkifli, a legal PB of 11.62 this year, and has run a wind-aided 11.36; Zulkifli 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.


Mens 100m

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 has run 10.36 from Indonesia, lines up in his heat, and Jonathan Nyepa of Malaysia, who clocked 10.28 in the Korean Open Namsuwan Thailand, 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.

Eric Cray

Heat 2’s championship contender, 19-year-old 2016 Asian Junior Champion Khairul Jantan of Malaysia, with a 10.18 PB. Indonesian Agung Wibowo holds the SEA Games record at 10.17. Jantan is in Heat 2, and Cray in Heat 1. Thai 2013 SEA Games Champion Jirapong Meenapra and 2015 Bronze medallist Iswandi are also strong. Filipino Anfernee Lopena must beat Asian Champs to reach the finals.

Cray must also run two 400m hurdles and two 100m races. He should breeze through 400 Hurdles Heat 1. Medina (51.26) faces SEA Games Silver Medalist Quach and Bronze Medalist Andrian in the second Heat. Medina defeated Andrian at Singapore Open. If his hamstrings are healed, Medina should easily qualify for the finals.

Nguyen Thi Huyen, Vietnam’s defending 400 Hurdles champion, is anticipated to win again. Dipna Lim Prasad deserves silver. Thai Khonkham bronze.

Marco Vilog and Royson Vincent of Malaysia are in Heat 1 of the 800. Vilog defeated Vincent 1.51.04–1.51.24 at the Malaysian Open. The two-run fastest. Thailand’s Pleenram, who has a 46-second 400 PB, is also in this heat.

In Heat 2, Vietnam’s Duong Van Thai, with a full set of 2015 medalists, including Mervin Guarte of the Philippines and Yothin Yoprajan of Thailand, and Malaysia’s Asif Jiyadeen, who ran 1.51.69, won.

The Asian Decathlon Champion Suttisak Singkhon of Thailand will face Filipino Aries Toledo. Singkhon won their Thai Open match.

Rosie Villarito of the Philippines and Evalyn Palabrica face the three SEA Games javelin medalists, who have thrown over 50m this year. Villarito, 38, may retire after 20 years on the national squad. 2009 SEA Games champion.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Muhammad Irfan is predicted to dominate and wants to break Singapore’s 9-time SEA Games Champion James Wong’s record. SEA Record holder Irfan. Wong’s record is 59.50m. Irfan’s PB is 62.55m. Discus has 4 entries. Zolkefili, who won bronze in the last SEA Games, will face 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.

The defending champion Soh Rui Yong of Singapore 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.

Soh Rui Yong looking to defend his SEA Games title in Marathon Mens. 2017 SEA Games Athletics

2017 SEA Games Athletics

Jeson Agravante of the Philippines, with a best of 2:35.13, is unlikely to make the podium

SEA Games Marathon 2017
2017 SEA Games Athletics Mens Marathon

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 focused 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 be 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. These three will likely sort out the top 3 places among them.

SEA Games 2017 Athletics Results Day 1

SEA Games 2017 Athletics Results Day 1

Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam leads the 100m Qualifiers to the Finals after Kayla Richardson of the Philippines opted not to defend her title.

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

  1. Medina (Philippines) 51.48 1h2
  2. Quach (Vietnam) 51.60 2h2
  3. Andrian (Indonesia) 52.07 3h2
  4. Hoang (Vietnam) 52.53 1h1
  5. Cray (Phi)
  6. Khanom (Thailand) 53.00 4h2
  7. 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

SEA Games Long Jump Selection
Janry Ubas and the Sri Lankan Jumper. SEA Games Long Jump Selection

The national open results threw further confusion at who would be lining up for the Philippines at the 2017 SEA Games Athletics Meet 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 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 with 7.44m, Jerry Belibestre (19 years old in Juniors) with 7.43m, Benigno Marayag with 7.35m, Tyler Ruiz 7.32m, and Donovont Arriola the SEA Games bronze medalist did not register a jump.

Now, based on the best performances from SEA Games 2015 to current, wind-aided jumps are 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, the only Junior lined up here, doesn’t get selected for SEA Games. Instead, PATAFA should consider sending him to more international meets, including Asian Juniors, for his excellent progress and 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 on best performances, Ruiz is the only one in this group to hit the Gold Medal standard of the SEA Games. Still, his performance wasn’t great at the national Open, and he finished behind four Filipino Athletes.

If it were already agreed the National Open is the selection basis, and Ubas and Fuentes would be the shoo. They both beat everyone else, and they both 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 the 2015 bronze twice. Fuentes leaped 7.59m earlier in the year and has a PB of 7.69m over 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. However, 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. Still, 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.

SEA Games Long Jump Selection
SEA Games Long Jump Selection

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
5 7.64m Nino Ramirez 16.01.12 1 Manila 02.05.36
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 Athletics Qualifying

2017 SEA Games Athletics
2017 SEA Games Athletics
2017 SEA Games Athletics
2017 SEA Games Athletics
  • Please note in some events, such as the Men’s & Women’s Marathon, the standard was deficient 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 with a copy of the schedule. Also, for updates or changes, please refer to the

official website.

2017 SEA Games Athletics Schedule Malaysia
2017 SEA Games Athletics Schedule Malaysia



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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