2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes
Asian Games Summary of Philippine Athletes Performances in Athletics
Asian Games 2018 – Decathlon Men’s Report – Aries Toledo (Videos)
100M is so far so good for Aries Toledo who was 2nd overall in the 100m in 10.84. Just outside his 10.81 effort from the 2017 SEA Games (7433 points). That gives him 897 points. The Asian Champion from Saudi Arabia ran 10.77 to lead the times. Early days yet but so far so good for Aries Toledo.
Meanwhile, the only athlete with over 8000 points Keisuke Ushiro of Japan, blotched it up with an 11.39 effort. In seeing this whoever wins the Asian Games Decathlon will probably be more along the lines of 7800 points. Leaving the door wide open to Aries to possibly get on the podium.
Asian Games – Inoue Japan wins Men Marathon, but Thai British athlete looks good for SEA Games
Hiroto Inoue reclaims the Gold Medal in Men’s Marathon for Japan. Photo Credit: Asian Athletics
The Sun rose for the nation of Japan as they reclaimed an event they had not won for 32 years.
The first gold medal of the Asian Games Athletics 2018 went to Japan in the Men’s Marathon on Saturday morning. Hiroto Inoue who has a personal best of 2h06.54 earlier this year in the Marathon won in 2h18.22. It was the first time since 1986 that Japan won the Men’s Marathon back then with Takeyuki Nakayama who went onto finish 4th in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic just missing out on a medal.
Following closely behind was Elhassan Elabassi of Bahrain in the exact time of 2h18.22 it was a wire finish with Japan holding onto clinch its first title in this event in 32 years. With Duo Bujie of China in third.
Thailand has a new star
Meanwhile a thing we must note even though way back in 8th place is Thailand’s new athlete Tony Payne. The Thai Kiwi athlete has a personal best of 2h19.39 from last year in Berlin. In his first time to represent Thailand Tony ran 2h24.52.
His time is 5 minutes faster than the 2x SEA Games Champion Soh Rui Yong of Singapore 2h29.27. Soh Roi PB is 2h24.55 from the Chicago Marathon in 2016. This makes Payne look like a very strong challenger to 2x champion Soh Rui Yong.
Yong did not participate in Asian Games, SEA Games silver medalist Agus Prayogo of Indonesia Did not finish the race, and Sanchai Namkhet of Thailand ran 2h37. So far this year Tan Huong Leong of Malaysia has run 2h25.32, now Payne takes the season lead for South East Asia. Leong did not participate here.
Men’s 400M Heats
Women’s 100m Heats
Men’s Long Jump Qualifying
Su Bingtian leads entries for the 100 – Mens Sprint Reviews Asian Games
Friends and rivals: China’s sprint pair Su Bingtian (left) and Xie Zhenye AFP/Mark Ralston
China’s Su Bingtian the Co-Record Holder of Asia leads the entries for the Men’s 100m at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Bingtian has a personal best of 9.91. The 28-year-old is a medalist at the World Indoor level and also holds the Asian record in the 60m. Bingtian shares the Asian Record with Femi Ogunode a Nigerian who represents Qatar. Su is within range of Ogunode Asian Games Record of 9.93 set in 2014.
Femi will not be competing here but his younger Tosin will be Tosin, however, is not ranked in the Top 10 in Asia this year but has a PB of 10.18 from 2016. Femi won the Asian Games 100 and 200 in 2014, and 200 and 400 in 2010 but will not be defending his title.
As a testament to how China has taken over from Qatar and Japan as the Men’s sprint power in Asia in the short sprints. Another Chinese sprinter Xie Zhenye heads the 200m Rankings and is second in the 100 with a sharp 9.97.
“Our progress lets more people know that we Chinese can do it in sprinting and lets many athletes in China feel confident and get strength,”
said Su, who recently became a father.
Hot on their tail is veteran sprinter Barakat Al-Harthi, 30 who has been within the fringe of top sprinters in Asia for over a decade. Barakat of Oman recently went under the 10-second barrier and is tied with Xie at 9.97. Al-Harthi was the bronze medalist at the 2013 Asian Champs.
21 Year old Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who recently won a Diamond League meet in 10.02, at the expense of Hassan Taftian of Iran 10.03 both men clocking National Records. Taftian a big scalp as he was the Asian Champion in India in 2017.
The Japanese Duo of Ryota Yamagata one of the fastest Japanese men ever with 10.00 last year, he is the 2013 World University Games silver medalist. And Yoshihide Kiryu the Japanese national record holder who ran a 9.98 in 2017 and a 9.87 + 3.3 in Texas in 2015. Kiryu the World Junior bronze medalist in 2014 at Eugene, Oregon.
Taipei’s Chun Hang Yang the surprise winner of the 2017 World University Games held in his home country.
Asian and surprise World Junior Champion Lalu Mohammed Zohri who surprised the world with his countries first ever medal at the World Junior Championships last month. Is ranked 9th surely with these more experienced athletes in the field he will be out of the medals. But maybe age is on his side vs the experience to land a place in the final 8.
The Asian Games 100m Heats will be scheduled at 18:30 on August 25, The Semi-Finals 18:50 on August 26, and the Final 22:00 on August 26. It’s a very late evening final. You can view the Asian Games schedule here
Who Will Emerge as Asia's Fastest Man in Jakarta Total Voters: 15
Who Will Emerge as Asia's Fastest Man in Jakarta
Total Voters: 15
Men’s 200m Xie leads
As mentioned in the previous article Xie of China while playing bridesmaid to Su in the 100. Is in command in the Men’s 200m with a 20.16 clocking this year. The 25-year-old has improved his PB the last 2 seasons. Xie best is just outside the Asian Games Record of Femi Seun Ogunode of Qatar set in the 2014 Games at 20.14.
Koike of Japan who will just be running the 200 and perhaps relay is about a stride behind with 20.29. While Chunhan Yang of Taipei the Asian 200m Champion last year in India has improved his PB the last 3 years from 20.73 to 20.33. Iizuka of Japan the 2010 World Junior Champion in this event also in the field. Ge Bie who was 4th at the Asian Champs. Park of Korea who transitioned from 400 down to 200 and took silver in the 2017 Asian Champs in 200.
India’s duo of Rajiv and Yahiya has improved rapidly with India setting up a training camp in Poland leading up to Asian Games.
While Sri Lanka Muthumuni due to injury will be the only man in Top 15 not joining. Taftian and Mohammed are expected to fare better in the 100 meters as they are not really 200m specialists.
The Philippines very own Trenten Beram will have a tough task his PB is 20.84. The SEA Games 200m Champion and Philippine Record Holder in this event. Beram finished 5th at the Asian Championships last year in India. He is ranked 15th in 2018 Asian Rankings for 2018 so far, but with Muthumuni out 14th, and based on PBs he is ranked 12th. Which still leaves 3 he needs to get through to make the top 8. Last Asian Games it didn’t take sub 21 times to make the finals, as Beram is good at backing up and conserving through rounds of competition that is in his favor.
2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes
*Revised June, July and August 2
The Following athletes endorsed by PATAFA to represent the Philippines at Asian Games in Athletics. For the 3 Fil-Heritage athletes until we have copies of their passports we will not be listing them in this write-up.
We will take into account the 2 athletes per country rule. So in some events where there is like 20 Chinese or/and Japanese ahead of a Filipino Athlete, we will only consider 2 in ranking purpose. We will do the ranking for 2018 as of January 1, 2018.
UPDATE I have received a CC. of the Final Submission of the POC to the Organizing Committee with the deadline being July 30. The PATAFA had asked for an extension as the original deadline was 15th of June to include additional athletes that started at 11 and then came down to 7 additional.
This extension also involved getting 3 Fil-heritage athletes passports, which had not been done in time.
None of these additional athletes appeared in the final submission list of the POC. Which also means no 4×100 or any relays. Note Volleyball list of 14 girls was on the final list. So this means even self-funded athletes. As the PSC will not cover the volleyball. Self-funded athletes also needed to be included on this final list.
Hence this writes up now reverts to just focusing on the 8 athletes PATAFA originally endorsed for the Asian Games.
UPDATE: PATAFA appealed to the POC and The Taskforce allowed 5 additional athletes to be included in Asian Games which brings the total to 13 in Athletics. We have now added them to the article below.
As new results have come in from other Asian countries. We will now update this report as of August 2, 2018.
Feel free to take a guess on our Poll. YOU DECIDE!
Which Athlete in the Philippine Team for Asian Games will Rank the highest? Total Voters: 43
Which Athlete in the Philippine Team for Asian Games will Rank the highest?
Total Voters: 43
Eric Cray wins the Asian title in 400 Hurdles in the pouring rain.
Photo Credit: Asian Athletics Association. 2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes
- EVENT: 400 Hurdles
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 6th (5th June)
- Olympic Semi-Finalist, Asian Champion 2017, SEA Record Holder, SEA Games Record Holder, Asian Indoor 60m Bronze and Silver, and 3x SEA Games Champion 400 Hurdles 2013-2017, 1x SEA Games Champion 100m 2015.
Eric Cray as of August 2 is the highest-ranked in Asia in the delegation moving ahead of Ernest Obiena. It seems like Asian Champion Eric Cray will have it tough in his event unless Abderrahman Samba of Qatar does not show or gets injured. Especially relevant is that Samba leads the Asian Rankings with 46.98. And has run the top 7 times in Asia under 48 seconds.
While after Samba there is also Takatoshi Abe who has beaten Cray during the Olympic games. And more recently in a Japan Grand Prix race. Also, Abe has run 48.68 and 48.97.
Most noteworthy is that both Samba and Abe have run faster than Crays 48.98 PB from 2016.
Also ranked highly is Kishimoto of Japan 49.33 & 49.36 (but he has not improved for a long time with his PB coming from 2012 of 48.41. Followed by a more likely athlete A. Dharun of India the 20-year-old having ran a PB this year of 49.45. While Cray has run 49.68 this year.
PA Predict if everyone shows. Samba (Gold) Abe (Silver). And between Cray and Dharun (Bronze). Consequently, Cray should be able to easily improve on his 6th place finish at the 2014 Asian Games.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Mens 400 Hurdles|
- EVENT: Pole Vault
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 7th (4th June)
- SEA Record Holder, Asian Bronze Medalist 2017, SEA Games 2015 Silver Bouncing back off injury EJ occupied the #1 spot until July. His key opponent will be Changrui Xue of China the defending champion who has leaped 5.71m this year. And has a PB of 5.85m. Furthermore, Xue is a high-quality international athlete finishing 4th in the world in 2017 World Champs.
Especially relevant is that EJ target is the 5.75m and the Gold (his PB is 5.61m). Also, Hisyam Hazim of Saudi Arabia who is 20 years old has leaped 5.63m this year. Most noteworthy Bokhai Huang 5.61m and Jie Tao 5.51m (PB 5.61m) both finished ahead of EJ when they last met in Germany.
On recent form the top 4 guys 2 from China, 1 from Korea and Japan have been very consistent over 5.60 as of recently.
PA Predict: Top 5, slight possibility of bronze if in shape to break his PB.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Men’s Pole Vault|
#3 Kristina Knott (Added)
- EVENT: 100 and 200M
- 2018 Asian Ranking 8th and 13th
China’s Wei Yong Li leads the Rankings with a 10.99 clocking, the 2014 Asian Games Champion 4 years ago with 11.48. Zyabinka of Kazakhstan 11.20 and Dutee Chand of India 11.29 occupy the top three spots. Knott has a PB of 11.44 and has run 11.50 earlier this season. However recent performance was 11.85 in the Vietnam Open. She will need to register around an 11.60 or faster to make the finals.
Zyabinka 22.73 and Odiong 22.81 lead, along with Wei who has a much slower 200 22.97 in comparison to her 10.99. Knott does have a PB of 23.23 which would rank her 6th from 2016. This year her best time of 23.65 ranks her 13th. Her recent time in the Vietnam Open was 23.93. She would need to run at least a seasons best to make the top 8.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Women’s 200m|
|13||23.65||0.4||Knott||PHI||PB 23.23, 23.11 +5.3|
EVENT: 200M & 400M
2018 ASIAN RANKING: 15th (12th June ) and 10th (8th June) 5th Asian Championships 2017, SEA Games Champion 200 & 400 2017
Another Qatari Dominates this event Abdalelah Haroun who holds the lead with 44.07 While Haroun was the surprise bronze medallist at the World Champs in 2017. Samba has run 44.62. While the very promising Indian runner Mohammad Anas Yahiya who was 4th in the Commonwealth Games has run 45.24.
Pinoyathletics thinks Trenten will land easily in the final here. And is definitely going to go considerably under 46 seconds.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Men’s 400m|
#5 Marestella Sunang
EVENT: Long Jump
2018 Asian Ranking: 11th (9th June)
Olympian, 2009 Asian Champion, 2005 Silver Asian Champs, 2002 Bronze Asian Champs, 2016 Asian Beach Game Bronze, SEA & SEA Game Record Holder Long Jump, 4X SEA Games Champion Long Jump,
One of the All-Time Greats of Philippine Women in Sports. Furthermore with a career spanning nearly 20 years (with a year off to go on maternity leave).
Marestella Sunang (formally Torres) is the oldest athlete in the national athletic team now at 37. This will undoubtedly be her 5th and last appearance at the Asian Games (but again the newspapers did say that back in 2014).
While Torres has leaped 6.24m this year, slowly building back. Consequently this pails in comparison to her comeback year at 35, when she unleashed a 6.72m Personal Best. Therefore Sunang will need a big improvement to barge into medal contention here. While a top 6-8 finish is more likely here.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Women’s LJ|
#6 Francis Medina (Added)
- Event: 400 Hurdles
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 13th
Was looking good for a bronze at the 2017 SEA Games, until a hamstring injury set him back. Has bounced back well this year with a 50.93 PB in the February Pre-Asian Games in Jakarta. Took the win at the Vietnam Open in 51.08 recently. Will need a big run and probably a PB to make the final. Must go all out to ensure makes the final even if tired.
#7 Janry Ubas (Added)
- Event: Long Jump
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 13th
- 2017 SEA Games Bronze Long Jump, 2015 SEA Games Bronze Decathlon
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Men’s Long Jump|
#8 Aries Toledo
- EVENT: Decathlon
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 16th (June 11th)
- SEA Games Champion
The Surprise package at the 2017 SEA Games was a former tricycle driver turned Decathlete Aries Toledo. Toledo scored an upset win over Asian Champion Suttisak of Thailand. In 2018 Toledo won the Pre-Asian Games his only Decathlon outing this year. And took significantly continued streaks of improvements to his Long Jump and 110 Hurdles best times.
At the last Asian Games 2013 SEA Games Champion Jesson Cid was not able to finish the event pulling out in the 9th event the Javelin.
Leading the charge in 2018 is defending Asian Games Champion Keisuke Ushiro of Japan. The 32-year-old has a PB of 8308 points, he won the Gold 4 years ago in Incheon Korea with 8088 points. This year he has the top two performances of 7948 and 7487 points.
Kewei Gong of China trails miles behind with 7321 points and Yonglang Zhao 7122 points. Thai Sutthisak Singkhon is ranked #5 with 7122 points at a meet in Italy.
Toledo is ranked 16th in the event. With a lot of athletes not yet having many meets its hard to say. The best thing to do is look at the PBS of other athletes entered. Toledo PB is 7433 pts,
Usuhiro the clear favourite as the only one over 8000 pts. Gong and Zhao mid 20 age athletes with 7421 and 7238 PBS only. Toledo could have a chance based on a lot of athletes from 2017 not making an appearance. Which makes this event difficult to call.
PA – will rank a lot higher than 14th and over 7000 points.
Other athletes who have a better PB than Toledo
- Singkhon (Thailand) with a 7587 Pts
- Sang Hwa Be (Korea) 7448 Pts
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Men’s Decathlon|
#9 Mary Joy Tabal
- Event: Marathon
- 2018 Asian Games Ranking: Not Top 10
- Olympian, 2017 SEA Games Gold Medalist
Training in Italy, Mary Joy Tabal notched up 5 Milo Marathon titles, SEA Games Silver and then Gold, a National Record. And made the Olympic Games. But lets cut straight to the point it’s going to be tough for Tabby to be on top. In fact, her ranking doesn’t even turn up on the first page of the IAAF.
It’s interesting to note however the first page is flooded with the Top 100 Times to 2:24:27 being Japanese or Chinese athletes.
But take into account the two athletes per country rule and that is 2:19:12 by Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi of Japan. Yingjie Sun of China a 2004 World Half Marathon Champion and former Asian Champion at 5 and 10k 2:19:39. Yoko Shibui (Japan) 2:19:41 and 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist
Chunxiu Zhou (China) 2:19:51. Take into account all 4 of these women are 10 years older than Tabby. So after Page 1 Tabal is ranked #5.
Bahrain on Page 2 is ranked 5th and 6th. Surprising as you would expect with getting African athletes they would be competitive against the Japanese. But still 2:24 Marathoners. North Korea 2:25 in 7th. South Korea 2:25, North Korea 2:26 8th, South Korea 2:26 in 9th. Then onto page 3. Kryzgkstan 10th 2:27. The Rankings stop at 2:30. With 10 athletes (going on 2 per country rule listed).
PA – Tabal PB is 2:43, the best to hope for would be a personal best. Asia is with Africa the strongest region in the world for women’s Marathon so its a tough event. Tabal’s PB will land her 12th place based on the last Asian Games results. 2:40:05 is 11th place and 2:45 is 12th place.
- EVENT: TRIPLE JUMP
- 2018 ASIAN RANKING: 16th (June 13th)
- 2017 ASIAN CHAMPS SILVER, 2017 SEA GAMES SILVER
With a PB of 16.70m, the #HarryHolics waiting for a breakthrough performance this season. As it has been a slow start with Harry gradually just making it to 15.93m after coming back with Silver at SEA Games. Diones leapt 16.70m at the 2017 National Open and beat SEA Games Champion
Hakimi Ismail of Malaysia avenged this defeat by Diones and retained his title in Malaysia SEA Games later that year.
Bin Dong of China leads the Asian Rankings with 17.22m. The 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist with a PB of 17.58m and World Indoor Champion and also 2010 and 2012 Asian Champion. He was second at the Asian Games 4 years ago behind countryman Cao Shuo who has leaped 16.65m this year. China has great depth hogging the top 4 spots in the Asian
PA – Diones will need to go past his PB to have any chance at the top 3. And with time running out a Top 8 finish seems more feasible if he can get around the 16.40-16.50 range.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Mens Triple Jump|
#11 Clinton Kingsley Bautista (Added)
- Event: 110 Hurdles
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 16th
- 2017 SEA Games Bronze 110H
The biggest competition he has ever attended. Clinton would require a Sub-14-second run to make the final. He tied his current PB this year of 14.14 which he made at 2017 SEA Games to take the bronze. Didn’t run so good in Vietnam 14.38, will be looking to bounce back in a months time.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Mens 110 Hurdles|
#12 Marco Vilog
- Event: 800m
- 2018 Asian Games Ranking: 25th (18 June)
- 2017 SEA Games Silver 800m
Having broken through the ranks in 2015 winning the 800 at the National Champs. Vilog qualified for the 2015 SEA Games but didn’t join due to PRISAA restrictions. He did line up in 2017 and went sub 1:50 with a 1:49.91 which was good enough for a silver. Behind 3x SEA Games 800m Champion Duong Van Thai of Vietnam.
Liver issues meant a difficult return for Vilog who slowly ground his way from 1:58 to 1:51.98 in 3 months to narrowly hold onto his national title from youngster Mariano Masano. In his current form, Vilog is well out of making the top 8. In fact last Asian Games in 2014 it took 1:49.90 to make the finals.
So Vilog will have to run at least a PB to make the final. As is the case with Medina an all-out effort in the heats is required, even if they are tired in the finals. They do not have the luxury of an Eric Cray where they can just qualify through with a submaximal effort. Its tough as 14 athletes from Asia have run under 1:50 this year so far. His recent time was 1:53.83 at the Vietnam Open.
PA- With his current times no chance of making finals.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Men’s 800m|
Japan clear favorite here with 37.85. Despite having 2 Sub 10 men China still only 38.72. Indonesia which has world junior champion Zohri 10.18 and 3x 10.3-10.4 guys should be in contention as well and look perhaps for a 38.5-time range. Then it’s fairly even. The Philippines clocked 39.73 without Beram at Vietnam Open recently. They will have Beram in their lineup at Asian Games. They ran 39.11 last SEA Games with Beram.
The Middle East countries that have in the past obtained very good sprinters mainly from other nations are not featured, apart from a few in the individual 100m lists.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Men’s 4×100|
|8||39.73||Philippines||Ran PB 39.11 with Beram, 39.73 no Beram|
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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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