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Eduardo Buenavista

One of the greatest successes of the legendary coach Mario Castro.

eduardo buenavista
Eduardo Buenavista

Eduardo Buenavista Among the highlights of illustrious long career includes 4 SEA Games Golds in 4 Disciplines Steeples, 5000, 10,000, and Marathon. 2 Olympic Games. A bronze medal at Asian Championships in 10K. National Records in the 5000, 10,000, Half Marathon, and Marathon.

And 5 National Milo Marathon titles. So After Hector Begeo he is the greatest long-distance runner the Philippines has ever produced.

Was Eduardo Buenavista. Buenavista was born in Santo Nino, Cotabato on October 13, 1978. Buenavista made it to the 2000 Olympic Games finishing 37th in the 3K Steeple Chase. The following year in 2001 he won the SEA Games title in the Steeple Chase in 8:40.77.

On May 26, 2002 at the Manila leg of the Asian Grand Prix he ran a very good second to an India to run his 3000m PB in 8:17.14.

Competing in his First Asian Games in 2002 in Busan Korea, Buenavista moved up to longer distances and finished 8th and 9th in the 5000m and 10,000m run. His times of 13:58.42 and 29:02.36 still are the national records 16 years later. 


  • In 2003 SEA Games he won both the 5000 and 10,000m runs
  • In the 2003 Asian Championships in Manila Buenavista secured the bronze medal in the 10,000m.  
  • By 2004 he had moved up to the Marathon, and attended the Athens Olympics. He placed 67th.
  • In the 2006 Asian Games, he was 12th in the Marathon.


On July 22, 2007, at the Manila Leg of the Milo Marathon, he ran his still standing National Record of 2:18.53

Buenavista took his 4th gold in the SEA Games in the Marathon in 2007. He had won 4 golds in 4 different events during his SEA Games career.

In the 2010 Asian Games, he was 17th in the Marathon.


Bertek, clocks fastest Marathon time by South East Asian in the last few years (rev 1)

Jan 27, 2015

Bertek a proud member of the Philippine Airforce in action

The oldest member of the Philippine National Team in Athletics Eduardo Buenavista, 36 (Bertek) rewound the clock back several years. The Veteran Bertek placed second at the Hong Kong Chartered Marathon. The Former SEA Games and Many times Milo Marathon Champion clocked a time of 2:24:11 finishing fourth in the Asian Category and 30th overall.

This again went under the Gold Medal standard for the SEA Games set by Singaporean Mok Ying Ren at 2:28:36. This was the second time Bertek set the mark originally 2:27.14 clocking at the 2013 Milo Marathon. This further strengthens his selection with Eric Panique for the SEA Games Marathon.

The fastest times of 2014 were by Vietnamese duo Bui Thi Anh and Hoang Quyen Thanh (2:26:32) and (2:26:38) respectively.

Buenavista is now a very strong candidate for the Gold Medal in the Marathon which he last won in the 2009 Edition in Vietnane, Laos. He still currently holds the National Record of 2:18:44.00 set at the Beppu Oila Marathon in 2004.



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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