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Jomar Udtohan

Jomar Udtohan

  • Born: 06-August-1996
    College: San Sebastian Recoletos, Manila (Previous) / University of the Philippines (Current)
  • Coach: Jec Gando (Previous) / George Posadas (Current)
  • Philippine Team since 2014 onwards

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Personal Bests

  • 100m – 10.56 +0.4 PRE-Asian Games Jakarta Indonesia, 11 Feb 2018
  • 200m – 21.52 Weekly Relays Pasig, Philippines, 3 Dec 2017
  • 400m – 46.95 Singapore Open, Singapore, 29 Mar 2019 

Schools

San Sebastian 2013-2018 (NCAA)

University of the Philippines 2018- (UAAP)

Achievements:

  • Palaro Record in 100m,200m, 400m (current 200m and 400m 21.8 and 48.7)
  • NCAA Junior Record in 100, 200, 400
  • NCAA Record in 100

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A Tremendous weekend for Jomar at the Singapore Open. Which saw several milestones. Jomar went into the competition with a PB of 47.81 from last years Weekly Relay Finals in Pasig on November 30. Jomar who is coached by the mustache man himself, Noel George ‘Jojo’ Posadas. And is currently a student-athlete at UP. Took his time down to 47.17 in the heats, already a SEA leading time in the 400.

He then went even further in the final getting silver with 46.95 just finishing behind Rikuya Ito of Japan (Ito just ran 46.66 on 23rd March in Australia). Jomar became the 8th Filipino athlete ever to break 47 seconds, and it now puts him at #8 on the all-time list. Ahead of him are 6 Former SEA Games 400m Champions. Does this bode well for the 2019 SEA Games for Jomar and his coach Jojo? Can he hang onto the season lead for South East Asia?. With the SEA Games Champion Trenten Beram having not competed since August of last year at Asian Games, Jomar is really stepping up for the country right now. 

Can everyone guess which 400m athlete Jomar knocked off the all-time top 10 lists? With his recent performance bringing him into the top 10. Here is a hint the athlete is still active.

 


Discovery

One of the most exceptional finds through the ranks of Junior Men’s Sprints in the Philippines was Jomar Udtohan.

Born August 6, 1996, from Bulacan. Is a graduating student from San Sebastian High School who will be moving to San Sebastian College of the Philippines NCAA. Since emerging in the 2012 Palaro Udtohan took the silver behind Jonas Etuille (now of Mapua) in 11.1, he also finished 5th in the 400m in 51.8. Hence noticed by Jec Gando of San Sebastian he was quickly recruited and mentored to some good improvements by the veteran NCAA coach.

Udtohan with coach Jec Gando

NCAA

At the NCAA he broke the 100m High school record with 10.99. Also won the 200 with 23.00 and 52.24 in 400 completing the treble.In 2013 moving up through the ranks of the Palaro, he was Bronze in the 100m behind Lirazan and Nor and silver behind Lirazan in the 200m in 22.4.

At the PNG he won the treble in the youth division at the PNG in the 100 (11.15), 200 (22.72), and 400 (50.41) he took the scalp of 2011-2012 PNG JR Champion Romnick Nor in the 100.

Most noteworthy Jomar experienced his first international meet finishing seventh in the Junior Final at the prestigious Thailand Open. Hence lining up against some of the best Juniors in  Thailand in a time of 11.04.

 

Yet it was a record-breaking 2014 for Udtohan who timed 10.88, 22.05, and 50.18 all NCAA high school records. Furthermore, his time of 22.05 was actually faster than the Philippines NCAA College record (22.15).

 

However the Ultimate dish came in Laguna when he broke all three records in his final year at the Palarong Pambansa, he timed 10.8 in the 100m breaking a record shared between Daniel Noval and 3 other previous champions. Also 21.8 in the 200m a record held by Noval and one other former champion and broke the long-standing record of Jimar Aing (2005 SEA Games Champion) in the 400m with a time of 48.7.

Unfortunately, at the PNG the hard work took its toll and after qualifying in the 100 Meter heats he suffered a quadriceps tear in the 100m finals about 15 meters out from the finish and limped home last. Finally, after intensive therapy, he made a return to the Weekly Relay Finals clocking 11.0 very close behind Romnick Nor in the Junior Division.

After Injury

An incoming alternate for the men’s 4×100 and a member of the training pool. Is idols are other members of the relay squad Anfernee Lopena and Daniel Noval who are a few years older than Udtohan.

Also Udtohan goal is to be a senior national champion one day. He certainly has a good batch of older sprinters to help lead him to that eventual goal one day.

Also, Udtohan showed a fine return to form in 2015 with a win at the National Open in the Junior 100 (10.93) and 200 (21.86) he was just .02 seconds off the Junior Record of Raul Abangan set in 1987.

Jomar claimed the weekly relay Junior 100/200 titles with runs of 10.5 and 21.8.

2016

Jomar had several meets in 2016. His first in February was the NCAA he clocked an NCAA record of 10.66 (0.4) in the heats. Breaking the mark of Anfernee Lopena set the previous year in 10.73. In the final, he went onto defeat Lopena with a time of 10.59 (2.4) this was not allowed as an NCAA record due to the wind reading.

Udtohan broke his best time from the 2014 Palaro getting silver in the 400 in 48.76 behind Reymond Alferos of Mapua this time also surpassed the previous record of Archand Bagsit 48.82.

Jomar clocked 21.94 in the heats (0.8) and then 21.89 (nwi) to win the finals. His time of 21.94 tied the electronic record of Henry Dagmil for the NCAA.

Jomar missed the PNG in March due to injuries. In the National Open in April Udtohan was a very credible fourth place in the Final with a new personal best time of 10.65 behind Top Asian Juniors Manap 10.38 & Jantan 10.41 of Malaysia and Fil-Heritage sprinter Brandon Thomas (Phil Airforce) 10.60.

He went onto better this time again at the Manila Open with 10.62 (0.8), finishing a close second behind Fil-Heritage sprinter Bryan Mercado (10.59).

 

2017

Due to injuries. Jomar was not selected in the final lineup for the SEA Games 4×100. He had helped the National team clock 40.29 at the National Open in Ilagan in March break the National Record.

Jomar transferred from San Sebastian College to the University of the Philippines to train with Noel George Posadas.

Jomar further improved his 100m time on August 6, to 10.60 at weekly relays.

Jomar Udtohan wins the 400m Trial 

Jomar Udtohan winning streak continues at Weekly Relays in 200M

Dec 4, 2017

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Jomar Udtohan

Jomar Udtohan continued his winning streak at the Weekly Relays in 2017. Jomar has been undefeated in the 100, 200, 400 throughout the whole series. The weekly relays had begun back in June, after 2 months off due to the renovation of the venue resumed 5 weeks ago. We would like to note that PATAFA has not supplied results for 5 continuous weeks. So official results are not available as of yet.

Jomar time has been reported as of 21.52 (their was a wind reading but not reported yet) on December 3. The last weekly relays before the Final which is scheduled for December 8 and 9. Jomar finished ahead of national 100m champion Anfernee Lopena and Joan Caido a member of the 2015 SEA Games silver 4×400. 

Jomar who originally was coached by Jec Gando, at San Sebastian. Before moving to national coach with a best time of 21.87. Noel George ‘Jojo’ Posadas improved his time to 21.81 2 weeks ago and then 21.52 on Sunday. Jomar was not lined up in the 4×100 at the 2017 SEA Games as a hamstring injury had side lined his readiness to compete. He will not be eligible for the next UAAP as he must under go 1 year of residency transferring from a UAAP school.

“I haven’t done any training the last 2 weeks as I decided to focus on my studies buddy. I didn’t expect to run this fast so early said the 20 year old.”

The time moves Jomar into #8 on the Philippines All Time List for the 200m Dash.

200m/auto
120.840.1Trenten Beram01-Apr-961SEA GamesKuala Lumpur23-Aug-17
221.171.6Ralph Waldy Soguilon02-Oct-832r2Mt SacWalnut15-Apr-17
321.250.1Eric Shauwn Cray12-Jun-88UTEP SpringtimeEl Paso25-Mar-17
421.351.4Bryan Mercado10-May-92Mt SacWalnut17-Apr-15
521.44-0.7Isidro Del Prado15-May-592Manila02-Dec-84
621.500.7Jimar Aing09-Jun-784h2Manila22-Sep-03
721.50-0.6Archand Christian Bagsit23-Dec-901fSEA GamesKuala Lumpur23-Aug-17
821.52okJomar Udtohan06-Aug-961Weekly RelaysPasig03-Dec-17
921.59okJulius Felicismo Nierras14-Jul-791National OpenLingayen04-May-09
1021.600.5Paulino Coloma Jr.10-Oct-734Singapore16-Jun-93

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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. Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, 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 https://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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