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Humble Anfernee Lopena, the boy next door wins his first national title in the Century Dash

Anfernee Lopena

SEA Games 2017

Arguably one of the nicest guys in Philippine Track and Field. And the quintessential boy next door Anfernee Lopena finally became the Philippine National Champion in the prestigious 100m Dash in the 2017 National Open at Ilagan.

While originating from Bohol. He became the Palaro Champion in the 400m at Dapitan in 2011. He was first at the University of Recoletos in Cebu which later closed down. Recommended by pinoyathletics to CSB. For most of his career, he was coached by Joseph Sy who took him from 11.3 to 10.47et in the 100m over the 4 years he had worked with him.

Lopena who had missed out on the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games, was given his shot in 2017 in the 4×100 and possibly the 100m. He ran the 100 at the Asian Champs and made the Semi-Finals. 

Also, He was part of the 4×100 Squads which lowered the National Record to 40.29 at Ilagan, 39.96 in Hong Kong and 39.11 at SEA Games. Consequently, he won a Bronze Medal at the 2017 SEA Games in the 4×100.

Also, Lopena timed 10.70 and finished 9th just missing out on the SEA Games Finals in the 100m event.

Anfernee Lopena
Anfernee Lopena Photo Credit: City of Ilagan

Anfernee Lopena


  • Born: 11 Feb 1994
  • College: College of Saint Benilde (graduated)
  • Member of National Team Since 2014
  • Based in Manila
  • Hometown: Tagbilaran City, Bohol


  • 100m: 10.47 Weekly Relay Semi-Finals 2016
  • 200m: 21.68 Weekly Relay Finals 2016
  • 400m: 49.50 NCAA 2016


Career Highlights:

  • 2013 National Junior Champion PNG Pasig 100m & 200m
  • 2014 NCAA Champion & Record 100m, NCAA Champion 200m
  • 2015 NCAA Champion 100m
  • 2017 National Champion 100m
  • 2017 SEA Games 4×100 Bronze (National Record)
  • 2018 PNG Champion 100m
  • 2018 National Champion 100m
  • 2019 SEA Games Mixed Relays 4x100m Champion



Malaysia Open (May 12, 2018)

Lopena competed on Day 1. Despite clocking a seasons best of 10.81 in the Heats, and then winding up last in the final in 10.88. Lopena time was far from his 2016 Personal Best of 10.47.

In need of more sleep Anfernee Lopena.

After pointing out the 2-hour delay and wet weather (everyone had the same conditions) and jet lag (it’s a short flight from Manila). It was later ascertained Lopena the national champion just needs a consistent sleeping pattern with 8 hours or more of sleep.

Heat 1 (+0.1)
1. Zulfiqar Ismail 10.58
2. Nixson Kennedy 10.69
3. Anfernee Lopena (PHI) 10.81

100m final (+0.9) (11)
1. Vinoj Suranjaya De Silva (SRI) 10.27
2. Jonathan Nyepa 10.40
3. Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi 10.58
4. Zulfiqar Ismail 10.63
5. Khairul Hafiz Jantan 10.64
6. Nazrul Naim Azman 10.76
7. Nixson Keneddy 10.79
8. Anfernee Lopena (PHI) 10.88


note: the block start was not equipped with “speakers,” which created disadvantages for athletes in outer lanes. Therefore, runners in lanes 5-6 had a slow start as compared to 1-4. The fastest man in Southeast Asia, Khairul Hafiz (PB 10.18s) had missed the start by over 0.30s, and this could be due to the missing block speakers.


Next up will be Julian Reem Fuentes in the Long Jump at 8.30 pm today Malaysian Time.


Anfernee Lopena – 1st Video

Coach Azrail – 2nd Video – Results & Summaries


Humble Anfernee Lopena, the boy next door wins his first national title in the Century Dash

April 1, 2017

Anfernee Lopena
Anfernee Lopena

Anfernee Lopena crowned himself the countries fastest man in winning the 100M Dash. Lopena time was 10.65, just outside his PB of 10.51, but the same as his NCAA Record last month. The second was perennial visitor Eddie Edwards of Sabah Malaysia and the bronze went to Jomar Udtohan, Lopena training partner in the national team. No Fil-Heritage sprinter participated in the 100m Dash this year.

It was only a matter of time before arguably the nicest guy in Philippine Athletics would become a national champion.

Hailing from the island of Bohol near Cebu. Lopena was Palaro Champion in the 400m. He began attending South Western University in Cebu. It was very sad news that the school disbanded its athletic team. It was then that Lopena contacted me asking help to find a school. I didn’t know much about him at the time but he seemed like a genuine person so I decided to help him. I recommended him to CSB at the time the coach was my good friend Emerson Obiena.

Then under my former coach Joseph Sy. Lopena never took a single day for granted he spent at CSB. Slowly rising through the ranks of the NCAA firstly in the shadow of Daniel Noval. His time went from 11.3 to 10.51 over the 4-5 years he spent at CSB.

Philippines NCAA: Anfernee Lopena regains 100m title Anfernee Lopena

Mar 5, 2017

Anfernee Lopena
Anfernee Lopena

Anfernee Lopena (College of Saint Benilde) playing his final year in the NCAA. While Regaining the 100m title in the Men’s 100m. And in the process of the NCAA record. While Lopena, 23 who hails from Bohol has a personal best of 10.47 set during the weekly relays last year.  


After clocking 10.64 in the heats. Anfernee Lopena stormed to a victory of 10.70 in the 100m Finals. Winning over Rodquem Maullon (Arellano) 10.86, and Fernan Lopez (Mapua).

Anfernee Lopena
Rodquem Maullon, Anfernee Lopena, Fernan Lopez

*Lopena time of 10.64 in the heats, exceeds Udtohan 10.66 heats from last year, but its awaiting wind reading for ratification.

This came at the expense of defending champion Jomar Udtohan (San Sebastian). In contrast, he was forced to withdraw from these games with an injury. While focussing on getting ready for the National Open in Isabella later this month. While both Lopena and Udtohan are members of the national training pool.

And Lopena a few years back was struggling to find a school after his school in Cebu disband their funding for the athletic teams. So he came to Manila with a PB of 11.6 only. While working with Joseph Sy this time became a distant memory.

And the end of a beautiful Chapter came when Lopena. I also regained the double winning the 200 Meters as well. While winning over Russell Galleon (Letran), 2015 Silver medallist in the 400 and 800 at the Palaro.

Also, Lopena placed third in the 400m behind Francis Medina (Perpetual), and Galleon. While Lopena hopes to make the standard for the SEA Games in 2017 which is 10.47 for the bronze. And will next compete at the national championships in Isabella. Most noteworthy is that Lopena has never been a national champion. And this is perhaps another achievement to tick off the bucket list one day.


Lopena roars to 10.47! Third fastest man 100m Phi T&F History

October 24, 2016

Anfernee Lopena of CSB  put out a very fast time of 10.47et at the weekly relays in Pasig. During the event’s semi-finals at Pasig on 23rd October 2016.

Hence it was reported by Wind gauge operator Ruben Ferrer the wind reading was (0.2). However, we are now just waiting for the official results page from PATAFA.

Also, one of the timekeepers National Coach Ojon Artiaga stated he clocked Lopena at 10.03 (10.1 hands timed).


Lopena topped the Semi-Finals with the fastest time of 10.47. He was ahead of NCAA Record Holder Jomar Udtohan (CSB) 10.7 (10.62 PB) and UAAP Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista (FEU) 11.0 (10.85 PB). Hence the time was a big improvement on Lopena 10.63.  In that race, he picked up bronze at the Manila Open back in June, behind Mercado 10.59 and Udtohan 10.62.

Also, the time places him first in the National Ranking lists this year. SEA Games Champion

Eric Cray is yet to run. Lopena’s time also puts him #3 of all time behind Eric Cray (10.25) and the now-retired Ralph Soguilon (10.45). The 10.47 was the fastest ever time recorded by a Filipino on Filipino soil. As the above recorded their best performances in Singapore and Claremont, USA respectively.


SEA Games 2017 Goal

Lopena missed out on the 2015 SEA Games, by a few spots when it was decided there were not enough slots to field a 4×100 meter relay team. Yet his chances are looking certain for the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, with his time of 10.47 just within range of the 10.45 silver and bronze medal time from 2015 in Singapore. Lopena is ranked #7 in the SEA Ranking Lists for 100m after this run.


Most noteworthy Lopena only started competing for the Philippines this year despite already

being in the national training pool for two years. He had stints in Taipei Open and the Asian

Beach Games in Vietnam to hope boost his performances.


While Lopena hails from Bohol, transferred from the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu to College of Saint Benilde in Manila back in 2012 when his previous team decided to disband their track team. Currently in his final year doing a BSBA in Computer Application.


He is coached by former national coach Joseph Sy who is the head coach at the College of Saint Benilde. (Video Coming)


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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. Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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