2013 SEA Games Champion Jesson Ramil Cid

Jesson Cid Legends of Philippines Track and Field

Jesson Ramil Cid

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Our newest inductee to the Legends of Track and Field is Jesson Ramil Cid. The 2013 SEA Games Gold Medalist and previous national record holder in the Decathlon.

Cid was nominated for the PSC Sports Hall of Fame, but unfortunately, his performances were too recent to be included.

MANILA, Philippines – Jeson Ramil Cid (born 1991) looks back at the soil field in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, where he first tried the high jump.

Unlike in the UAAP or other major tournaments, you can only do the scissors jump here since there is no foam to land on.

It all began here 7 years ago for the man now recognized as Southeast Asia’s best all-around athlete.

Discovered while playing basketball at age 13, Cid was persuaded by coaches from Dingras to try the high jump to represent the Ilocos region in the annual Palarong Pambansa.

It was not all roses, as he only placed 3rd in the 2007 Palaro as a high school junior. Even worse, he did not even get a medal during his senior year.

Despite his Palaro shortcomings, he was spotted by Michael Keon, former director of Gintong Alay, which produced Lydia De Vega and Isidro Del Prado’s likes.

Keon immediately recommended Cid to former Gintong Alay national coach and FEU mentor Rosito Andaya

Cid immediately became known in the UAAP circles as the iron man of athletics.

He competed in so many events that the UAAP even changed its rules to limit the number of events an athlete could join.

His potential was breathtaking, and Andaya felt he could be the next best FEU athlete since De Vega.

Decathlete Jesson Cid Iron Man UAAP

Quite often clumped into Multiple events, including the Decathlon (10 events on its own) at one UAAP Cid competed in 17 events total. 10 including the Decathlon.

Cid still holds the National Junior Record for the Decathlon at 6094 points at the 2010 National Open. In addition, he still holds the 200 Record of UAAP 21.82 (+0.2), 2012.

He had the UAAP Decathlon record until 2014, when another FEU Athlete, Janry Ubas, broke it.



July 12, 2013

Cid Centre running with Pach Unso (left) and Soriano (right) in the UAAP 200 finals.

One of the rising stars in the past few years in the Decathlon has been one of Run for Change’s priority athletes:  Jesson  Cid, a member of the FEU Track and Field Team.

Most noteworthy is that the 21-year-old from Ilocos has shown tremendous improvement this year over the 400m.

While Cid Improved his best time to 48.44 and ranked third this year on the Ranking Lists, Hence putting him in contention for the Men’s 4x400m Relay team at this stage.

While the fourth fastest team member is currently 48.51.

As we are not here today to talk about his 400m, we are here to talk about his prospects in the Decathlon.

The Decathlon is Jesson Ramil Cid’s original event; he holds the Philippine Junior Record at 6094 sets at the 2010 National Open.

Cid also holds the UAAP Record at 6137 sets at the 2011 UAAP.

His best score is 6287 from the 2011 PNG. During his first two UAAPs, the hard-working Cid participated in the Decathlon and at least seven other events.

The Decathlon is only worth a certain amount of points, yet it is a grueling ten events.

While Cid’s college coaches decided they could utilize him better by putting him in more individual events and leaving out the decathlon.

Hence, in 2012, he took a break from the Decathlon, if that’s what you want to call it.

Also, during this tapering-off period, he improved his 200m and 400m times. Cid Initially, a hurdler has had more success in the sprints this year.


Comparisons of Cid versus the SEA Games Standards

Looking at Cid’s Best Individual Scores, How Close is he to qualify for the SEA Games?

It is important to note that Cid has improved after taking a year off Decathlon. While if he was to equal his best performances.

Furthermore, then how close to the SEA Games standard would he be? 

While for hand-timed performances, I have added +.24 seconds for 100-400 distances and .14 for distances where necessary.

Also, I  have used the Standard IAAF Decathlon point scoring system chart for multi-events. At the same time, this is different for individual events.

  1. 100m 11.04 (10.8): 852 points
  2. Long Jump 6.76m: 757 points
  3. Shotput 9.19: 437 points
  4. High jump  1.86m:  679 points
  5. 400m 48.44: 888 points
  6. 110 Hurdles 15.09: 839 points
  7. Discuss 31.95:  503 points
  8. Pole Vault 3.90m: 590 points
  9. Javelin 40.42: 448 points
  10. 1500m 4:40.7: 676 points

= 6669 points total, which would be above the bronze medal standard of 6602 for the SEA Games.


Bronze becomes Gold

Cid took the Gold Medal in the 2013 SEA Games with 7038 points. Breaking the Fidel ‘Toto’ Gallenero, the 2001 SEA Games Gold Medalist held 6974 points.

IRON MAN in Action

Jun 23, 2014

SEA Games Decathlon Gold Medalist Jesson Ramil Cid (right) with his coach ‘Boar’ Sean Guevarra

SEA Games Champion 23-year-old Decathlete Jesson Cid will participate at the Malaysian National Open on June 25-27.

Consequently, Cid broke the national record of 2001 SEA Games Champion Fidel ‘Toto’ Gallenero (now a Brunei coach) (6963 pts) with 7038 pts.

While he improved on his record with 7069 pts at the National Games last month.

Also, Cid will be accompanied by Coach Sean Guevarra (National High Jump Record Holder).

Meanwhile, in Italy, National Indoor and Junior Record Holder Ernest John Obiena will have a few attempts before the deadline for entries close on July 7 to qualify for Boys Pole Vault at the World Junior Champs be held in Oregon near the end of the month.

Ernest is in Italy with his father, National Coach Emerson Obiena, in a 3-month training stint under coach Vitaly, the former coach of Sergey Bubka.

Jesson Ramil Cid: From FEU to the Southeast Asian Games, Cid competes in so many events that the UAAP even changed its rules to limit the number of events an athlete could join.

Phi Athletics June Week 4 2014 – Cid gets Gold in Malaysian Open Cid does enough to win Gold in Vietnam

Jun 29, 2014

Jesson Cid Malaysian Open champion also. Not BAD FOR A PANDA. Photo Credit: Sean Guevarra

Jesson Ramil did enough to add the Malaysian Decathlon Open Championship title to his extensive resume. Hence Cid the SEA Games champion and Philippine Record Holder with 7069 pts. Done at the recently concluded PNG last month bet all the Malaysian athletes to score

After the 8th event of 10 in the Decathlon where our lone decathlete and lone entry Mr. Cid Jesson Ramil taking part here at Perlis, Malaysia. While Jesson manage to take a lead from the start of the first event yesterday until this morning with a big margin of around 500 points.

In spite of knee pain he fell on his left knee since during the long jump yesterday, he still determined to finish the event for the glory of our country. 100m-10.56s, Long Jump-6.82, Shot put-11.41m, High Jump-1.83m, 400m-48.20, 110h-15.41, discus throw-30.15, pole vault-3.80m..

The last 2 events has been so tough for our athlete Cid Jesson Ramil having knee pain, it is a heart attacking action in javelin where he got fouled in the first 2 throw but still manage to set a good mark on his last throw with a distance of 40+ meters,

In 1,500m he did all the energy he left and made a 4.41.16s. taking a GOLD Medal and setting a total points of 6,736, Malaysia got the SILVER with 6276 points.


-excerpt from Coach Sean Guevarra (Cid’s coach)

Decathlete Jesson Cid joins the Adopt an Olympian Program
Aug 6, 2014

SEA Games Decathlon Champion and Philippine Record Holder Jesson Cid, 23, has joined the Adopt an Olympian program of Jim Lafferty. The Former UAAP standout and his Coach Sean Guevarra (who still holds the National Record for High Jump) answered several questions the media fired at them at the Club Filipino Function room in San Juan.

Jesson Cid’s target for the next two months is to improve his upper body strength to better his record of 7,069 to the 7,300-7,500 range.  Jesson Cid will participate in the Incheon Asian Games from September 19 to October 4. At the same time, he is currently up with the top five Decathletes in Asia.

So in attendance were the Head of the Adopt Olympian Program Jim Lafferty, the new PATAFA President Dr. Philip Ella Juico, and PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez.

While Cid would be funded by Wong Chu King Foundation and around 160,000 pesos, he would invest a month leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Backing from the private sector

“The PSC [Philippine Sports Commission] and Patafa are doing great in supporting the athletes but they can’t rely much more on the tax money. That’s why we need the help of private sectors to finance our elite athletes,” said Lafferty.

So far, three Olympians have agreed to follow the program with Olympian Long Jumper Marestella Torres, her husband Shot putter Eleazer Sunang and now Cid being the third to accept the offer.


It’s all about attitude.

“There are three steps to success in life: determine what you want, determine the price and you have to pay the price. It’s incredibly simple. The problem is not many people are willing to do those steps. They don’t know what they want and they don’t want to pay the price,” Jim Lafferty said during a press conference of Adopt an Olympian program at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City on Tuesday.

Many candidates have been considered for the Adopt an Olympian program. While not all the candidates were willing to comply with the strict requirements, it entails. PATAFA indicated that 13 athletes in the current PATAFA pool had been shortlisted. While he was unwilling to disclose names at this point as they are still being evaluated.

“The sobering news is we have some works in progress. We need to make sure the athletes are passing the standards. We have some athletes that have said, ‘I am not prepared to give up all of those foods to do this.’ And we tell them ‘Okay, then we’re not going to bring you into the project,’” he said.

“It’s really an opportunity as a young athlete to get support like this for the Rio Olympics. Sa akin po, inisip ko na magandang pagkakataon ito, so grab ko na po,” remarked Cid during a press conference yesterday at the Club Filipino in Greenhills.

An athlete has to agree to a rigorous diet and will eliminate rice and bread. While highly regimented training guidelines and constant observation and measurements. And will monitor even their sleeping patterns. Also, the athletes must be willing to relocate from their existing quarters. And to residences nearer to their coaches to facilitate training. And remove all possible distractions while training full-time for six days a week.

Tinkering here and there

Coach Sean Guevara explained this at the National Open. Cid could have gotten around 7250 points at the National Games if he had done better in the discus. So what Mr. Lafferty said made a lot of sense.

For those who don’t know, there are ten events in the grueling decathlon. 100m,400m,1500m,110 Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Discus, Shot put, and Javelin.

While Cid is competitive in the running events, his weaknesses are the lower body events Discus, Shot put, Javelin, and Pole Vault. Hence it is the goal of Mr. Lafferty and his team to increase his upper body strength through diet. And rigid training to score around 7400 points and challenge for a medal at the Asian Games.

Mr. Lafferty, who has Fil-New Zealand Oxford College, educated Nutritionist Harvey De Baron assisting with this project, has put Cid on a diet of Kimoah. An African imported Grain that will substitute Rice as Cid’s staple. At the same time, the Cid bench press is at 85kg. Lafferty aims to get him to a 100kg bench, which would see dramatic increases in his throwing ability.


2015 SEA Games Iron man Cid Settles for Silver in Decathlon

Cid, Van Hue, Ubas

2013 SEA Games Champion Jesson Ramil Cid was outwitted by a superior athlete in the Men’s Decathlon and lost his title exchanging it for the silver medal. Van Hue Nguyen of Vietnam, the 2011 SEA Games silver medalist, who has a personal best of 7569, took the SEA Games title with 7232 points.

Van Huyen not height-ed on a medal at the 2013 SEA Games which cost him the gold. Van Hue’s 59.58m Javelin and 4.80m Pole Vault gave Cid such a big lead he needed to beat Van Hue by 32 seconds or 200m in the 1500m to retain his SEA title.

 Cid was not able to and ended up with 7065 points just four points away from his National Record set at the 2014 PNG. 21-year-old Janry Ubas of the Philippines took the bronze with 6796 points. Cid was a graduate of Far Eastern University in Manila, where Ubas is currently studying.

Considering his ongoing knee issues it was good that Cid was able to finish the SEA Games with a score near his personal best.

Zakaria Malik of Indonesia the SEA Silver medalist from 2013 was fourth with 6577 points.


Last Major Success and Retirement

Jesson Cid’s last major medal was in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. He could not defend his title against the Vietnamese athlete Nguyen Van Hue who tallied 7232 points. Nevertheless, Cid let in a valiant effort with 7065 points, just 4 points off his then-national record. And Janry Ubas, another FEU alumni, took the bronze in the Decathlon with 6796 points.

Cid had ongoing knee problems that required surgery and was never fully able to recover. As a result, he was removed from the national team around 2017, ending his athletic career. However, he carried on in some capacity in 2017 as the training partner to Aries Toledo, who also hailed from the northern part of the country and was able to break Cid’s SEA Games record and win the gold back for the Philippines at the 2017 SEA Games.


The Panda Gives Back!

Re-emerging as a Coach is 2013 SEA Games Decathlon Champion Jesson ‘The Panda’ Ramil Cid. Cid’s career may have ended with an injury. After many years of loyal service to the National team, Cid is now back giving back to the sport. The 31-year-old Cid is now a young coach with the  University of San Nicolas Municipal and Bataac MMsu Municipal about an hour from his hometown of Ilocos Norte in Dingras. He led his collegiate team to the Regional SCUAA recently at Lingayen, Pangasinan. Cid now leads a team of 18 athletes to the Vigan, Batang Pinoy.


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