John Albert Mantua

John Albert Mantua passes SEA Games bronze again in Discus.

The best performer on Sunday, September 1, may have been John Albert Mantua.

Whose mark of 47.73m in the Discus was a new personal best.

The mark exceeded his Personal best of 46.94m, which he threw at the National Open in March at Ilagan.

Mantua won the Weekly Relays Series 3 at New Clark City in the new 20,000 seater stadium for the SEA Games 2019.


John Albert Mantua passes SEA Games bronze again in Discus.

Mantua performances (could be wrong as awaiting official results) were the only mark noted on September 1 that exceeded the SEA Games bronze mark.

The Bronze of the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia was 44.80m.

Despite the fact, there were only 3 competitors in 2017, and Mantua was omitted. Mantua has surpassed the Bronze Mark, which was announced as the criteria to join the SEA Games at the beginning of the live feed on Radyo Pilipinas by none other than PATAFA Technical Director Ma. Jeanette Obiena.

Had Mantua been selected for the 2017 SEA Games with his 2017 best performance of 45.88.

He would have landed the Bronze.

That mark is now a distant footnote as every single Mantua performance this year, at least 6 competitions he has joined, has surpassed the bronze medal mark.

The Performance now Ranks Mantua 8th in South East Asia.

With a mark of over 50m expected to get the bronze. In fact, in 2015, when there was an entire field of entries, the bronze was 51.02m. 

“I’m Focussing more on Discus at that is my better event” said the 26 year old Mantua.

Discus All-Time 4th

He is coached by former 4x SEA Games Champion Arniel Ferrera. Ferrera took the bronze surprisingly at the 2017 SEA Games in Hammer. But it is no expected he will compete as he is more focused on coaching these days.

The Performance of 47.73m bumps Mantua up to 4th on the all-time list of Filipino Men.

Fidel Repizo, the 1991 SEA Games Champion, holds the National Record with 52.10m, followed by SEA Record Holder and 2015 SEA Games Hammer thrower Caleb Stuart 48.10m. And Former Decathlete David Buenavacz 48.04m.

It bumps Mantua up ahead of his coach Arniel Ferrera who has a career-best of 46.98m.

1 Md Irfan Bin Shamshuddin 16 Aug 95 MAS 60.68m
2 Abdul Rahman Lee MAS 50.77m
3 Narong Benjaroon THA 50.43m
4 Thongchai Silamool 99 THA 48.47m
5 Eric Yee Chun Wai SGP 48.32m
6 Binh Phan Thanh VIE 48.64m
7 Hermanto INA 48.01m
8 Albert Mantua PHI 47.73m
John Albert Mantua
John Albert Mantua

Photo taken by Jerry Oderjerte took at the July 6 Weekly Relays.


Shotput PB Also

On Sunday, Sept 1, Mantua also threw a new PB of 16.05m in the Shot put, which ranks him #5 in South East Asia.

The mark improved on Mantua’s previous best of 15.85m set at the National Open in 2018.

But outside the 17.12m bronze medal standard qualification of the 2017 SEA Games. 

Only Fil-Heritage thrower Willie Morrison has hit the Philippines’ mark in the Men’s Shotput. 

The mark places Mantua #3 on the All-Time list of Filipino Men.

List of All Athletes who have passed the Bronze Mark of 2017 SEA Games

2019 SEA Ranking Athletics



John Albert Mantua
John Albert Mantua 5 Spectacular Performances at the 2018 Philippine National Athletics Open John Albert Mantua, after his stunning 46.62m Discus Throw in Taipei Open, picked up a bronze medal last week. Added the national titles in Shotput and Discus to his resume.

#3 Mantua takes throws double at National Open

On the first day, the 27-year-old Mantua hurled the Shotput 15.85 meters.  The throw was a huge improvement on his 15.22 Personal best set at the Thailand Open earlier in the month.  

The throw catapults Mantua from #5 to #3 on the all-time list. He is only now behind the twin towers Eleazer Sunang (16.74m) and Caleb Stuart (16.52m) in the all-time lists now. There were very far behind two athletes from Sabah Malaysia, Brynoth Larry and  Zulkifli Saldin, who 14.32m and 14.09m got silver and bronze.


Shot put

  • National Title
  • #3 All-Time 
  • #4 SEA Rankings 2018
  • Personal Best
  • Seasons Best

He then spun the Discus 46.45m to the second-best performance of his career. To do the throws double. 

Rogelio De Borja (RP-Ilagan), who had won the gold at the PNG 2 weeks ago, was a very distant silver with 37.65m, and Mark Talisay of La Union took bronze in 36.18m.

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