Last Updated on April 16, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

John Albert Mantua Most Improved Athlete in 2022

PinoyAthletics also got asked who we think is the most improved Filipino Athletics Athlete for 2019-2021.
My answer was one name only comes to my mind with 100% certainty.
And her answer was John Albert Mantua !! from a virtual nobody in the last 2 SEA Games 2017 and 2019 to a strong contender for SEA Games Men’s Shotput title.
It’s also one of those rare times when an athlete has improved every year since he joined the national team.
This a testament to the work of his current coach Arniel Ferrera and all the other coaches that came before him.

Mantua Career Progression Shotput

2016 14.67 Pasig (PHI) 24 JUN 2016
2017 14.90 Ilagan (PHI) 30 MAR 2017
2018 15.85 Ilagan (PHI) 31 MAY 2018
2019 16.06 Capas (PHI) 01 SEP 2019
2021 16.26 Baguio City (PHI) 16 DEC 2021
2022 17.02 Baguio City (PHI) 23 FEB 2022
17.33 Singapore (SGP) 16 APR 2022

John Albert Mantua – From Ultimate Underdog chasing the SEA Games Gold

Like some kind of Disneyland movie. John Albert Mantua fairy-tale season continued with yet another big personal best at the Singapore National Open today. Except Mantua had to pinch himself because this was no dream. Well perhaps once it was but now it is very real.

The 29-Year-old who is coached by 4x SEA Games Hammer Throw champion the Legendary Arniel Ferrera; was a virtual nobody before his breakthrough performance in Baguio 2 months ago heaving the shot put 17.02m

Catapulting himself to the Top of the SEA Ranking lists and the #2 All-Time Performance in Philippine Athletics Shotput History. And putting himself in as a sure medalist.


Could it get any better for him?

Well, it just did. Mantua has now put himself in the driver’s seat for a possible gold at the 2021 SEA Games next month.

Today he captured the Gold Medal at the Singapore Open in the Men’s Shotput. He went over his personal best and 17 meters, not 1 not 2 but 3 times.

A huge throw of 17.33m new personal best and a surprise win over SEA Games Record Holder and defending champion Fil-Heritage athlete William Morrison who threw 16.61m, after 2 years out of the sport with 16.39m and 16.86m this year in the lead-up meets in the United States. Well below his personal best of 20.40m and SEA Record of 18.28m.

In 3rd place was Para Athlete Ziyad Zolkefl of Malaysia who has a PB of 17.94m but threw 16.44m.

Morrison became the first Filipino male to ever win SEA Games Gold.

Will it be a glorious double for Big Willie?

or will Mantua become the 2nd Filipino male to win the SEA Games Gold in Shotput?


Singapore Results and Throws Series

16.27 17.32 16.58 17.33 17.04 FOUL
15.88 FOUL FOUL FOUL 16.61 16.57
3 29 BIN ZOLKEFLI, Muhammad Ziyad 32 MALAYSIA 16.54m
16.37 15.93 16.04 16.54 FOUL 15.75
15.89 16.44 FOUL 16.02 15.79 16.22
Note Mantua has improved every year he has been with the National Team which is not common among a lot of athletes.
2016 14.67 Pasig (PHI) 24 JUN 2016
2017 14.90 Ilagan (PHI) 30 MAR 2017
2018 15.85 Ilagan (PHI) 31 MAY 2018
2019 16.06 Capas (PHI) 01 SEP 2019
2021 16.26 Baguio City (PHI) 16 DEC 2021
2022 17.02 Baguio City (PHI) 23 FEB 2022


BAGUIO CITY – 2022 SEA GAMES Performance Trials

17.02m John Albert Mantua (SEA Games Bronze medal standard 16.40m)

After 2 Successive SEA Games with no luck at landing a medal, the 29-year-old John Albert Mantua punched out the SEA Games Bronze standard (16.40m) with a huge 17.02m throw to join defending Champion William Morrison at the 2022 SEA Games.
Astonishing performance made by John Albert Mantua in the Shot Put event this morning as he surpassed the SEA Games qualifying medal standard throwing a distance of 17.02 meters ( personal best/season-best). This performance is 1cm behind the Silver Medal mark of the 2019 SEA Games.

Mantua, a native of General Santos City has secured his spot for the coming 2022 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam May 12 to 25, 2022. His consistent and accelerated improvement has been contributed by his hard work together with his coach Arniel Ferrera who was a 4x SEA Games Champion himself in the Hammer Throw event.

It was a massive improvement on Mantua than personal best for Mantua


  • 16.06m  Weekly Relays, Capas Sept 1, 2019
  • 16.26m  Ayala Philippines Athletics Championships, Baguio Dec 31, 2019
  • 17.02m  SEA Games Trials, Baguio Feb 23, 2021
The performance also Catapulted Mantua to 2nd on the Philippine All-Time Lists moving ahead of Eleazer Sunang (16.74m) (a former SEA Games bronze medalist in Shotput) and Fil-Heritage athlete Caleb Stuart  (16.52m) (the SEA Record Holder and 2015 SEA Games Champion in Hammer Throw). And just behind William Morrison who has a colossal mark of 20.40m.
The Performance puts Mantua at the front for 2022. Only Zolkefili of Malaysia who threw 17.94m in 2021 is ahead for the last 2 years.
Morrison who should see action to defend his SEA Games title last competed in March 2020.


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, that there were only 3 competitors in 2017, 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, in 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 not 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 with 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 THE 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 the 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 of 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 at 36.18m.


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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. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- 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  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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