Last Updated on March 9, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
CALEB STUART HAS TWO GOLDS IN THE BAG FOR 2015
Jan 15, 2015
One Athlete, who was discovered through ‘Believe it or not? ‘Little League Baseball’ as he was the brother of an athlete and played American Football at the time. Stuart expressed a deep passion for competing for the Philippines and has no intention of ever competing for the United States.
More recently, Caleb has acquired his Filipino Passport and is now eligible as of August 27 for Rankings dating back to January 1. Therefore, if he surpasses sanctioned meets Filipino Records and eligibility to represent the Philippines.
Above all, The 24-year-old Caleb Stuart is quite a find as his best throws of 17.88m in the shot put and 67.24m in the Hammer are not only Philippine Records in his event, but they also would break the current SEA Games Records of 17.74m and 62.29m.
If he can emulate this at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, Stuart would surely add two medals to the New Breed’s medal count in Philippines Track and Field.’
However, although we have a good legacy with the aging, Arniel Ferrera,33, who holds the current national record at 61.69m, was a four-time SEA Games champion in 2003,2005,2007,2009 before finishing second in the last two SEA Games. Thus, a worthy successor has emerged to carry on Arniel’s legacy to ensure we can retain-regain the Hammer title.
Also, in Shot put, the Philippines has never won a gold medal in the SEA Games history.
In contrast, the best in the region is throwing in the 17 mid-range. The closest anyone ever got was another Los Angeles Fil-Aam named Bruce Ventura, who finished second at the 1993 SEA Games as a 20-year-old; Bruce later went on the play. College Football blew out his knee; the first season was never quite the same again, ending his career early.
However, Caleb comes in as a real-deal solution to the drought in the SEA Games shot put. Eleazer Sunang, who broke Bruce Ventura’s national record with a 16.74m throw last year in Thailand, has not been able to win a medal in three consecutive SEA Games; he did win Bronze way back in 2007.
Having a consistent athlete deep in the 17-meter range will secure the country another two medals.
An exciting discovery, 24-year-old Caleb Stuart. In June, Caleb is bringing two gold medals to the South East Asian Games Athletics effort in Singapore. Stuart has just graduated from the University of California- Riverside. He is looking forward to a long successful career with Philippine Sports.
Caleb Stuart stands at 6’2 and 250 lbs and could be one of the most dominant and formidable throwers representing the Philippines. Previously since Fil-Mexican Josephine Dela Vina (11th in the Olympic Games in 1968) took the Asian Games and Asian Championship medals in 1966 and 1973.
Hammer is his best event
Caleb Stuart has a personal best in the Hammer Throw of 67.24m. This is well above the SEA Games record of 62.23m of Tantiphong Phetchaiya of Thailand. Phetchaiya has won the last two SEA Games. Before that, the four SEA Games golds in a row were won by Arniel Ferrera in the Hammer.
Ferrera, now 33, holds the Philippine record at 61.69 meters. In Stuart, we may have found a worthy heir to the four-time gold medalist Arniel, who can restore the Philippines’ gold medal.
For this year, Jackie Wong Cheer of Malaysia, the SEA Bronze medalist, ranks 2nd with 62.19m, Ferrera 3rd with 59.79m during the weekly relay finals, and Phetchaiya 4th with 58.32m
Also very good at Shot-put
Caleb also excels at his secondary event, the Shot-put. His best throw is 17.88m, well above the SEA Games record of 17.64m. Also above the SEA Games medal of another Thai Thawin Khachin (17.54m). Three Thai Janthima (16.94), Polyeam (16.86), and Thawat (16.80) rank behind him. The PNG Champion Eleazer Sunang holds the National Record of 16.74m set at the Thailand Open in 2013 but has only managed 15.70m this year at the Vietnam Open.
Sunang, 29 recently became a parent with his wife, long jump queen Marestella Torres. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, they welcomed the discovery of Stuart. Saying it was perfect for the sport to have an athlete of his caliber represent the Philippines who can win us the gold at SEA Games.
For its part, the Philippines has never won a medal since it first participated in the SEA Games in 1977; it has also never won a Shot-put Medal at Asian Games or any other major international meet.
Also throws Discus
Most of the time, good rotational throwers in Hammer often excel next at Discus rather than Shot-put. Caleb, however, has Discus as his #3 event. He has a personal best of 49.96m, which is #5 in Southeast Asia this year. The list is led by 19-year-old Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin of Malaysia, the SEA Games record holder, and champion with 53.16m. Shamsuddin improved his best throw to 54.26m.
The Philippine Record was set by Fidel Repizo, whose 52.10m was the Philippines ‘ only win at the SEA Games level.
National Open and National Records
Caleb Stuart is looking forward to competing at the National Open on March 19-22 in Laguna. He will line up in the Shotput, Discus, and Hammer. The Philippine Airforce team will be partnered with Four times SEA Games gold champion Ferrera in Discus and Hammer. It is expected Stuart will be able to go over the 61.69m and 16.74m records of Ferrera and Sunang, as his best performances indicate this.
It was fairly easy for Caleb Stuart to get a Filipino passport as his mother was still a Filipino citizen at his time of birth. However, the rules regarding national records state he must have a Philippine Passport. At the time, a record is set for the records to count. Therefore as he acquired his passport a few months after his best performances, they were not eligible as National Records at that time. However, National Rankings rules allow him to be ranked from the acquisition of his passport back to January 1 of 2014 performances will be accepted for qualifying.
Identified by a source in Softball
Caleb Stuart’s mother is Filipino. Stuart, whose sister plays Softball got in touch with the PSC Commissioner in charge of Athletics Jolly Gomez who quickly identified him as a talent upon further inspection of performances verified by yours truly.
In conclusion, I was very impressed when we saw Stuart’s record as his best performances were significantly better than the SEA Gold medals and the actual SEA Records in two events.
By Caleb Stuart
Growing up, I played many different sports. I played American football, basketball, and baseball. (and if there are any other sports I can compete in for the Philippines, I would love to try that out) and I did not compete in track and field until I got to college at the University of California, Riverside.
At first, I did not plan on doing a sport. I only decided to try out for the team because I wanted to lift weights and get stronger. However, after my first season of competing in track and field, I found that I enjoyed it and had the potential to have a lot of success.
I did not compete in Track and Field in high school. I instead played American football and basketball. My first year of competing in track and field was my freshman year in college. Since then, I have learned a general understanding of the sport and improved my marks significantly throughout my college career. With that said, I firmly believe that I have the potential to improve my marks greatly and that I can be a champion of the Philippines, maybe even for multiple events.
2015 SEA Games Throw Back: Caleb Stuart Breaks SEA Games Record in Hammer Throw (video)
June 10, 2015
Three Athletes who were discovered via pinoyathletics.info or through the Philippines Sports Commission and recommended to PATAFA proved worth the investment. The Fil-Heritage program trio delivered three gold medals for the Philippines. Caleb Stuart, Eric Cray, and Kayla Richardson delivered gold for the country.
Pinoyathletics is extremely proud of these three athletes and what they have been able to achieve.
It was inevitable Caleb Stuart was the man to beat at SEA Games having thrown a 68.66m leading up to the SEA Games and a 67.99m more recently. Stuart made his mission known when he threw a games record of 65.63m. Surpassing the 62.29m Record of Tantipong Phetchaiya set in the last SEA Games. This means Stuart now has the SEA Games Record to go with his South East Asian Record.
“I want to be world class, I’m not quite there yet” said Stuart.
2011, 2013 SEA Games Champion Tantipong Phetchaiya of Thailand was second in 62.12m. Jackie Siew Wong of Malaysia took bronze with 61.18m. 34-year-old Arniel Ferrera of the Philippines who was set for bronze until the last throw of Siew was fourth in 60.08m. Arniel has four SEA Games titles 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009. Caleb regained the SEA Games title for the Philippines which we last won eight years [/embed]ago.
“This is the first SEA Games in which 60m wont win a medal” said the Veteran thrower. who battled a back injury to claw back to a seasons best.
Caleb John Stuart obliterates SEA Hammer Record
Mar 14, 2015
Fil-Heritage thrower Caleb Stuart sent a sign of things to come to his rivals in South East Asia. And that the Philippines was prepared to regain the SEA Games title in the Hammer Throw at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore this June.
In contrast, The Philippines won the title in 2003-2009 under Arniel Ferrera. However, Thailand’s Tantiphong Phetchaiya took over as SEA Games champion after that.
Also, At the Ben Brown meets in Los Angeles on Friday, Caleb registered a best throw of 68.66m. This mark added more than 6 meters to the SEA Record of Tantipong Phetchaiya of Thailand 62.23m.
He also added nearly 7 meters to the Philippine Record of Ferrera (61.69m). His previous best was 67.24m set on 28.03.14 at Riverside. He had had four throws fouling two, and his second-best throw of 62.82m was also above the SEA and RP Records.
In contrast, Hammer’s Olympic standard and world standard is 76.00m, so still a fair bit of work to do, but a brilliant start to the season and a sure sign of things to come.
Above all, Caleb will be competing for the Philippine Airforce Alliance in the Discus, Shotput, and Hammer at the national open in Laguna on March 19-22.
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Known as the Man-Mountain of Philippine Track and Field, Caleb John Christian Stuart stands tall at 6’ 2” and weighs in at 250 lbs. Stuart is the ideal build for a world-class Hammer Throw. Stuart was discovered via a baseball contact (Morgan Stuart played for the Philippine Softball Team). Commissioner Jolly Gomez of the Philippine Sports Commission helped bring him to the Track and Field squad’s attention and acquire Stuart’s Filipino Passport (his mother is Filipino).
Impressive Collegiate Career
Stuart had an impressive collegiate career throwing the Shotput, Discus, and Hammer for UC Riverside, a Division 1 NCAA College in the US. However, he came in 17th in the US Championships and 11th in the Hammer’s NCAA Championships in 2014. A rising talent in US Track and Field, Caleb opted to compete for the Philippines.
In February 2015, Stuart smashed the Philippine Hammer Throw Record held by former four-time SEA Games Champion (2003-2009) Arniel Ferrera (61.69) with a 68.66m at the Ben Brown meet. His performance also shattered the South East Asian Record of Tantiphong Phetchiya of Thailand (62.23m), the (2011-2013) SEA Games Champion.
In March 2015, Stuart flew to the Philippines with his family and joined Andrew Pirie’s Phil Airforce Alliance team at the 2015 National Open in Laguna. He brought pride to the team and produced three of the eight total medals won by the men’s team at the National Open. His wins included the Hammer, Discus, and Shotput. He ended the unbroken 16-year local winning streak of Ferrera (Airforce) and defeated the SEA Games, Bronze medalist Jackie Wong of Malaysia in the Hammer Throw. Stuart also beat the National Record Holder Eleazer Sunang in the Shotput.
Stuart came in as the favorite at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Despite the pressure to return the crown to the Philippines, Stuart excelled while securing the SEA Games Title with a SEA Games record of 65.63m.
Caleb became just the third man after former National Coach Danilo Jarina and Arniel to win the SEA Games title, carrying on a proud tradition.
The next goal for Caleb and his coach, Shaun McGinley, is to hit the Rio Olympics’ 77m standard.
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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.
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