New 400 Meter Philippines Masters Record for Edgardo Alejan Jr.

Edgardo Alejan Jr.

At nearly 37 years of age, tucked up in bed in Pajamas with a cup of tea would sound like a better prospect than running a national 400m Final. That’s what makes his feat even more amazing.

Despite finishing 7th in the Mens 400m. Mr. Edgardo Alejan is a member of the Philippine Airforce and a former member of the national team. Clocked a new National Masters Record for the Philippines in the 35-39 Age Category. Alejan time of 48.30 placed him 7th in the Philippines National Open Championships in Ilagan City on the evening of March 22. Interestingly he comfortably defeated UAAP 400m Champion and national team member Alhryan Labita who finished last in the final in 48.77.

His performance surpassed the previous record held by the 2007 SEA Games Champion and former national coach Julius Nierras who clocked 48.31 at 35 years of age 9 years ago in Pasig at the National Open. Alejan who was born on 22nd November 1986 is turning 37 this year.

Alejan has many SEA Games medalists including 2011,2013 Golds in the Mens 4×100 at SEA Games and 2013 Silver in the Mens 400m at SEA Games. Also known as “Captain Smiley” due to his smiley appearances before race videos. Alejan is originally from Iloilo and is an alumnus of Mapua University who took up a BS in Psychology (formally Mapua Institute of Technology). 


About Author Enzo Williams: Is the Co-Founder of PinoyAthletics, he is the Vice President of the ATFS, Level 3 Athletics Australia Sprints and Hurdles Coach currently a consultant for VMUF Pangasinan, and a former Fil-Heritage sprinter who ran in the New Zealand National 400 Final in 2005 ironically also placing 7th.


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