2023 Manila Meet

Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2023 Manila Meet

Nash Candelario of Adamson University wins in Boys 51.3. Securing a hatrick in the 100-200-400

DOMINATING: 2023 Manila Meet Sprint king Nash Candelario Strikes again; 2023 Manila Athletics Meet. Philsports Complex, Pasig City. Feb 16-17, 2023 Nash Candelario representing Adamson University Manila lead all the way to the finish line at the 400 meters finals with a clock time of 51.30 ht (video attached). This is his 3rd Gold medal after winning the 100 and 200 meters sprint yesterday. Congratulations!


After a 3 year Hiatus, several early qualifying rounds for the 2023 Palarong Pambansa rolled out across the country. While most of these are on dirt tracks, and these performances cant be considered valid. What was very legitimate today was the Nashtastic performance of Nash Candelario. Nash is the son of double SEA Games 400m Champion Ernie Candelario 2001/2003 who also happens ot be his coach.

Representing Adamson University, Nash won the Secondary Boys 100 and 200 at the 2023 Manila Meet at Phil Sports Pasig City staged on 16-17 February. Nash had a comfortable win over 2022 National Schools 200m Champion Aryan Kevin Pionato of UST. A race in which Nash fell over towards the end and could not finish the race.

Times based on video Software (adjusted)

100m Boys (2 Heats), no Finals

  1. N. Candelario (Adamson) 11.12 / 11.0 (QT Palaro)
  2. E. Morales  (Adamson) 11.55 / 11.4 (QT Palaro)
  3. K. Lee (St. Stephens) 11.61 / 11.4 (QT Palaro)

200m Boys (2 Heats), no Finals

  1. N. Candelario 22.8 /22.95 (QT Palaro)
  2. A. Masagca 23.6 / 23.75 (Sakya) (QT Palaro)
  3. A. Pionato 23.8 / 23.92

Please Note – Top 2 Progress to the NCR Meet in April, however, I am still waiting on the DEPED to release the official qualifying times for the 2023 Palaro.

Nash had a Silver in the 2022 UAAP High School Division in the 200 Meters and a Bronze in the boy’s 100 and 400 

Nash will look to make it a treble running the 400 meters tomorrow his official PB is 52.4 during the UAAP.

This will be Nash’s last Palaro he is finishing Grade 12 this year.

Meanwhile, for Adamson, the magic continued with them also tying up the wins in the Girl’s 100m through Rhea Lego’s 100m (13.52) and Jovelle Matnog the UAAP Girls 200m Champion in the 200m (27.28).


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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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