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Fil-Heritage Pole Vaulter Alorro keeps countries’ medal chances alive for 2013 SEA Games (July 13, 2013)
Article by Pirie Enzo
I would like to thank Mr. Armando Alorro. (Julio’s father) for providing me with this information and sharing this information on his son with the Philippine Community. Each time we find a ‘genuine Filipino-Heritage’ athlete with genuine official performances we endeavor to publish and share this information with the Filipino Athletic Community to help “Support are Athletes”
.A new Pole Vaulting talent of Filipino-Heritage has emerged in the NCAA Collegiate system in the United States.
He’s a dual Filipino-US citizen being born in Quezon City and naturalized in 2006. He then took oath at the Phil. consulate last year to become a Filipino citizen again.
Julio Alorro is hoping to end are medal drought in the Mens Pole Vault at the SEA Games. In the last two SEA Games 2009 and 2011, the Philippines has not had an entry in the men’s pole vault. Our last medal at the sea games was back in 2007 when veteran Pole Vaulter and now national coach Emerson Obiena leaped 4.70m to win the bronze at the 2007 SEA Games. Alorro would become the fourth fil-heritage pole vaulter to represent the country following Lasquete, Utzurun, and Deb Sampson.
Carrying on a legacy
National Coach and Asian Masters Record Holder Obiena are one of the two men who are ahead of him with a career-best of 4.95m (back in 1999 at the age of 33). 22-year-old Alorro (born July 17, 1990) who has a best leap of 4.91m is the third-best Filipino male of all time. Alorro follows in the footsteps of a legacy left by another great fil-heritage athlete and olympian Edward Lasquette of San Jose, California.
Lasquette who represented the Philippines at the Barcelona Olympics still holds the National Record which he leaped to qualify at the starting height of the Olympic Games clearing a height of 5.00m on the 5th of August, 1992. The bar was then raised to 5.20m and Lasquette was eliminated from the competition. Lasquette was 21 years old when he reached the peak of his powers. Yet Obiena peaked later than his rival.
SEA Games 2011 Medalists and Comparison to SEA opponents
Alorro’s leap of 4.91m is well above the Bronze medal placer in the last sea games Edwin Xung of Singapore who leaped 4.70m, still, some work is needed to catch the Thailand Duo who won Gold and Silver Kreeta Sintawacheewa, and Sompong Saombunka who leaped 5.10 and 5.00 meters respectively.
According to the Southeast Asia Athletics Annual 2011/12 by Jad Adrian Washif, ATFS: Saombunka holds the Thai national record at 5.23m, and Sintawacheewa had jumped 5.10,5.10, and 5.20 before the sea games. Apart from that Alorro is ranked third as the next best vaulter recorded in 2011/12 is Sean Lim Zi Qing of Singapore (National Junior and Senior record) whose leap of 4.81m is 10cm below Alorro’s personal best.
Alorro would like a shot at the 2013 SEA Games
Alorro’s best leap of 4.91m was set at Lion’s last chance to meet at the College of New Jersey on 17/5/2012 which saw him qualify for the NCAA Division 3 Championship.
Event 15 Men Pole Vault
Name Year School Seed Finals
1 Alorro, Julio Tcnj 4.80m 4.91m 16-01.25
2 Taylor, Joseph Christopher 4.41m 4.61m 15-01.50
3 Coleman, Mick Widener 4.65m 4.51m 14-09.50
4 Roethel, Richard Christopher 4.55m 4.06m 13-03.75
— Cole, Elvis Jersey Stars 4.80m NH
— Fishman, David Christopher 4.27m NH
— Gold, Colin Tcnj 4.50m NH
.Representing the College of New Jersey Alorro took twelfth place by a hairline at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in Claremont California with a leap of 4.85m missing 4.95m which would have gained him all-American status. 4.91m ties him for 15th in the nation in the collegiate ranks.
In his last year of school, Alorro is doing an internship with Johnson and Johnson as a financial analyst. As the performances in the United States are measured in feet and inches into meters I had to use this web tool to convert the jumps.
Alorro clears 4.85m at the NCAA Div III Champs for more videos click here.
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Filipino All-Time List Mens Pole Vault
|1||5.00||Edward Lasquette||311271||Barcelona, Spain||05.08.92|
|5||4.60||Djundi Binas||170881||Palayan City||23.06.06|
|6||4.55||Dario de Rosas||80963||Singapore||17.08.86|
|8||4.50||Jose Isaias Utzurrun||Manila||30.11.91|
|10||4.40||Fidel Gallenero||300473||Kuala Lumpur||18.05.01|
(a comparison of this event with athletes on Mens Pole Vault with the ranking list will follow later this month)
Alorro 4.55m Again!
Julio Alorro leaped 4.55 again at the Thomson Invitational at Delaware on January 26. He won the meet-on count back from his teammate. Alorro has opened with 4.55, 4.50, and 4.55 so far this year indoors. A performance of 4.70 is required to qualify for the SEA Games. His best leap of 4.91 was established last May.
Meanwhile SEA Games #3 in 2012, Julio Alorro again surpassed the SEA Games bronze standard with a leap of 4.70m, adding to his 4.72m leap a few weeks back showing he is consistent enough to compete with the best vaulters in South East Asia. The performance was on Friday at the New Jersey Athletic Championships where he placed second on countback. Alorro waited for the bar to be raised to 4.55 before clearing it on his first attempt, at 4.70 he got it on his third attempt. Before having three fails at 4.80m.
Alorro first RP Athlete in 2013 to make SEA Games Bronze Standard, Kyla is in good form (Feb 4)
Alorro first RP Track and Field Athlete to make Bronze Medal Criteria for SEA Games in 2013
Julio Alorro leaped 4.72m at The College of New Jersey/Rider Dual meet on Saturday 2nd February to easily win the event. Alorro has a personal best of 4.91m which ranked him number three in South East Asia last year. He has met the criteria for the SEA Games bronze medal standard (4.70) within the calendar year of 2013. Alorro who is a dual citizen was born in Quezon City and will compete at the Philippine National Games.
Another Fil-Heritage vaulter Caleb Monticalvo is expected to début later this month. Kreetha Sintacheewa of Thailand the SEA Games champ ranked number one ahead of Monticalvo and Alorro who are expected to medal at the SEA Games.
Julio Alorro on Friday Night improved to 4.82m. Julio Alorro who has a personal best of 4.91m finished in 4th Place at the Eastern Conference Athletics Championships at the Armory in New York. Alorro’s 4.82m was a personal best indoor performance and he closes in on the National Indoor Record of Emerson Obiena (who is now a national coach) which stands at 4.93m. PATAFA had received Alorro’s dual citizenship documents as the 23-year-old was born in Quezon City.
Monticalvo (5.03m) and Alorro (4.91m) were ranked 2nd and 3rd in South East Asia last year behind Kreetha of Thailand the SEA Games Champion.
Julio Alorro finished 8th in the NCAA Div 3 Indoor Championships with a 4.79m leap (another sea games qualifier), just off his season best of 4.82 last week.
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