2017 Singapore National Open Athletics

Last Updated on January 11, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2017 Singapore National Open Athletics

2017 Singapore National Open Athletics




While Francis Medina qualified for SEA Games and Manuel Jr. Lasangue who has already, got another near standard. Other athletes represented the Philippines at the Singapore Open Track and Field Champs.

It is going well for some of the Veterans. Rosie Villarito, 38 was 5th in the Javelin behind 3 Thai Athletes and a Korean. Her throw of 44.18m was 4 meters from her 48.44m SEA Games bronze. SEA Games champion Natta Nachan won in 54.10m close to her SEA Games gold of 54.38m.

Nars Atienza, 38 who was playing lots of events to simulate a Heptathlon was 7th in Javelin 41.01m, 1.65m High Jump, Shotput 11.69m, 100 Hurdles 15.69 Atienza took Silver last SEA Games. 

Luckily the three should  be automatic as they are defending medallists with no other qualifiers from the Philippines in their events.


Medals but not quite SEA Games standards


Another self funded athlete Benigno Marayag was able to land Bronze in the Men’s Long Jump in 7.09m. The bronze medal standard for SEA Games is 7.51m. However Donovont Arriola, Julian Fuentes, Tyler Ruiz and Janry Ubas have all exceeded this performance since.

In the last SEA Games. Marayag will try again in Thailand. Vietnam’s Van Cong Nguyen won the event in 7.42m, from Phichet Thararuak of Thailand 7.13m.


The Oso

Immuel ‘The Oso’ Camino took silver in the 3000M Steeples. However his time of 9.30..70 was still quite outside the bronze standard of 9.06.41. It was a very slight improvement of his 9.33.65 time from last month set at national open at Ilagan. But with the SEA Game deadline of entries at 1st week of July. It will require a much bigger improvement than that in 8 weeks. As well as a rather forgettable 15.58.24 in the 5000m.



Rhea Joy Sumalpong improved her best from 43.18 to 43.29m  in Discus. From UAAP in February. She got silver. However like Camino its very urgent as SEA Bronze is 45.72m. Yap Jeng Tzan of Malaysia who won the Philippine National Open last month in 45.71m improved to 45.89m and hit the SEA Games standard took the Gold here in Singapore.


Riezel Buenaventura, 31 leapt 3.40m to place second behind SEA Games silver medallist Rachel Yang who won on count back. This was a bit off the 3.60m bronze she registered 2 years ago to get bronze in Singapore SEA Games. Philippine Junior record holder Emily Obiena, 19 was sixth in 3.20m.


Other Events

Nguyen Thi Huyen of Vietnam set a championship record in the women’s 400 Hurdles timing 56.66. Just outside her SEA Games meet record of 56.15.   

Cheryl Chan, 21 of Singapore broke the National Record of Singapore and set a Championship Record clocking 11.42.20 in the women’s 3000m Steeples. 

 In the Women’s 200m SEA Games Champion Veronica Shanti Pereira, 20 clocked 24.54 (-2.3) and then improved this to 23.87 in finals to win the gold. It was a close fight however as Zaidatul Zulkifili (Malaysia) who had improved her best to 23.80 last month in South Africa clocked 23.94 for silver. The wind was quite still this time in the final at 0.1.

While Jirapong Meenapra the SEA Games bronze medallist who has leads the SEA Rankings for 2017 with 21.09, clocked 21.33. He held off an army of Malaysian’s Khairul Hafiz Jantan was second in 21.51 improving from his 21.65 time in Heats. Gunasegaran 21.61, Hanafi 21.61, Manap 21.71, and Nyepa 21.73 followed.

Muhamed Irfan Shamsuddin the SEA Games champion in Discus broke the championship record with 57.59m well over his gold winning throw two years ago at SEA Games held in the same venue of 56.62m.

SEA Games champion and record holder Ismail of Malaysia who suffered a defeat to  Mark Harry Diones of Philippines last month in Ilagan. Took gold in the men’s triple jump improving his mark to 16.32m.

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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 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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