017 Milo Marathon Finals: Titles and Tears for Tabby (Top 10 Results)
A Tough Day for Tabby. Mary Joy Tabal crosses the line for her 5th Milo Title. Photo Credits to Milo Philippines
It was a tough day for Mary Joy Tabal. Who had to cope with the sad news that her beloved father had passed away yesterday and asked whether she wanted to continue to run. Tabal responded I would, as my father will be waiting for me past the finish lines. Tabal, 28, fought her emotions the whole race winning her fifth Milo Marathon title and and dedicating the win to the memory of her late father.
Truly a piece of History under the most unfortunate of circumstances. Tabal tied the record of Arsenia Sagaray, sharing 5 Milo Marathon wins.
She cheered on in front of her home crowd. The popular dainty 4’11 runner took time off her training in Tuscany, Italy, to give back to Milo and was cheered on by Cebu’s phoebe every step of the way. Tabal proved once more she is ‘The Peoples Champion.’
Tabal took the title in 2h58.01, 10 minutes shy of her Milo Record. But with the circumstances entirely understandable. 2001 and 2005 Games Champion Christabel Martes took silver in 3h04.20, and 2009 SEA Games Champion Jho-ann ‘Banayag’ Villarma took bronze in 3h11.26.
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Tabal is looking for a fifth title, Milo Marathon, a few days from now, Women’s Review and Rankings
Nov 30, 2017
Milo Marathon Women’s Review
Article by Andrew Pirie
SEA Games Champion and Olympian Mary Joy Tabal look to make it five for five golds in the Milo Marathon. Tabal is the only woman to win the Milo Marathon 4 times in a row2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. If she can make 5, she will draw the record of Arsenia Sagaray and 2001,2005 SEA Games Champion Cristabel Martes—a piece of History for the Milo Marathon.
Tabal will fly back from her training camp in Tuscany, Italy, having run half Marathons in Spain and Singapore to prepare for the Milo. At the same time, Tabal’s focus remains on the Asian Games in 2018. She is excited to perform in front of her home crowd if she launches her running career.
The 41st Milo Marathon will be held in Cebu in a few days on December 3. And the course starts at the Cebu Normal University.
Tabal, although expected to romp off with her fifth Milo Marathon fairly easily. Battle will surely be for the minor places. Perhaps the biggest challenge will come from 38-year-old Cristabel Martes.
The Baguio-based Martes is part of the legendary long-distance running stable of Mario Castro. While Martes’s times of 1h23.45 (Milo, Urdaneta) and 3h03.28 (Run Rio Series) Manila this year pale in comparison to Tabal’s 1h16.28 (Scotia Bank, Ottawa, National Record) and 2h48.26 (SEA Games Gold Kuala Lumpur).
Martes can still hold her ground against the other woman in the race as she is the only other entry that has a PB below 3 hours in the Marathon.
Using a Runners World Marathon predictor, we compared Half Marathons and Predicted Marathon times.
Another top contender is Aileen Tolentino of the Philippine Army, who has run 1h26.18 (CDO leg), which converts to 2h59.56. It will be interesting to see if Tolentino can join the Sub Min club and land a top 3. Other contenders include Ruffa Sorongon (Tagbilaran Leg, 3h04.31 est).
Former Milo and SEA Games Champion Jhoann Banayag-Villarma (Lucena Leg, est 3h06.24). And the promising Christine Hallasgo, who returned after giving birth to win the Butuan leg (est. 3h09.12).
BEFORE THE MILO MARATHON
With the Milo Marathon tomorrow, Pinoyathletics.info catches up on the Men’s Review for the Milo Marathon, with the quality of our Men dropping significantly, having not secured a SEA Games medal of any colour since 2013. The race looks to be an open field.
With no certain favourite for the Milo Marathon crown. The Milo Marathon will kick off tomorrow in Cebu.
Looking to defend is last year’s Champion, Jeson Agravante, who holds a PB of 2h35:13. he Has not run any Marathon or even Half Marathon races since the SEA Games in August. So far this year, back in March, Agravante clocked 2h57 at the Scotia Bank Marathon in Ottawa, Canada; he did not finish at SEA Games due to cramps. It’s hard to assess how well Agravante will do tomorrow as his current performances are unknown, and he has focused mainly on training.
Please note ‘The Master’ Rafael Poliquit, who was the 2014 and 2015 Back to Back Milo Champion and had the fastest time in 2017 of 2h35:18, will not be joining. The fans will have to wait another year for The Masters moment.
Someone who has an excellent chance is Richard Salano, whose Half Marathon time would equate to a 2h31 Marathon, according to Runners World Calculators.
Also in contention for a Top 3 slot are Gerald Zadala, Bryan Quiamco, Bobby Tadlas, and Cesar Castenato, who have registered good Half Marathon times, and local favourite Rafael Pescos, who has run 2h37:12, which won the Milo NCR Marathon.
2017 Milo Tarlac Leg – De Asis beats Buenavista in 21K
Aug 15, 2017
TARLAC CITY—Jujet de Asis upset two-time SEA Games Marathon Champion Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista. Winning the 41st National MILO Marathon qualification event Sunday morning (August 13). Maria Cristina Park. The last stretch decided a close race.
De Asis ran 21 km in 1:14:33. A whole 16 seconds faster than five-time MILO King Buenavista’s 1:14:49. Jomar Angus finished third in 1:16:07.
Women’s Division. Shane Acosta won her first title after years of frustration in 1:44:00, beating Angielyn Pablo (1:49:54) and Maricar Gammad (1:51:48). After winning the 2013 Tarlac 10-kilometre, Acosta raced 21 km in 2014 and finished second.
Philip John Gongob (36:49) and Merry Joy Trupa (40:09) for 10 miles won that morning from Maria Lyca Sarmiento (41.25).
Mitch Fulgado (17:27) and Maria Angelica Yabo (24:24) for five kilometres and Jericho Tacutaco (11:50) and Joana Marie Gagarin (14:25) for the three-kilometer kiddie race.
2015 Milo Marathon
Tabal Trebble, Poliquit defends title in Milo Marathon Finals
Dec 6, 2015
Milo Marathon 2015 Results in Full Results Here
Tabal Third Straight Title
26-year-old Mary Joy Tabal of Cebu notched her third consecutive win in the Women’s Division of the Milo Marathon. Tabal, who is the SEA Games Silver medalist in Singapore, took the win in 2h48.16. Just outside her meet Record of 2:48.00 established two years ago. Tabal finished second behind a Kenyan runner who clocked 2:43.
In wet miserable conditions, Tabal took her third win. Only two women have more than Arsenia Sagaray, with five titles in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997. And Christabel Martes with four titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2009.
Tabal started joining Milo Marathon events in 2010, playing second fiddle to Martes, Banayag, Manipol, and Mary Grace Delos Santos to begin with. A former member of the national team after resigning from PATAFA a few months back. Tabal will next do the Cebu and Boston Marathons to hit the tough Olympic Standard, now 2h42. Tabal and her coach Philip Duenas are working towards that.
A Grumpy Grace
2011 and 2012 Champion Mary Grace Delos Santos clocked in second in a time of 3h02. Grace, who had two SEA Games with no medal in 2013, wasn’t able to qualify. And then, in 2015, a disappointing last in the 10,000m after failing to qualify for the Marathon event.
It bounced somewhat with a time under the slow 2015 SEA Games Gold medal-winning time of 3h03.25. This should see her retain her spot in the national team as it meets the criteria required for an athlete with 2 SEA Games in a row with no medal by hitting the SEA Games gold medal standard.
Also hitting the SEA Games, the gold medal standard was Christabel Martes (who in 1999 became the youngest champion in Milo Marathon history at 19). Martes, now 35, also clocked 3h02.
Just a few seconds behind Delos Santos. However, she took a wrong turn towards the 21k finish line, which caused her to lose around a minute. The Philippines can only select two athletes for the SEA Games per event, which will be held in Malaysia in 2017.
Rafael Poliquit defended his Milo Marathon title in 2h36. Under the SEA Games bronze qualification mark of 2h37.10. Poliquit, who last year moved up to Marathon from 5k and 10k. I was the surprise winner of last year’s Milo Marathon. The late Rosito Andaya coached the former FEU athlete. Not blessed with speed but relies more on surging tactics.
Coach (Dick) Beardsley told me its not the fastest who wins the (Marathon) but the smartest. Today wasnt about the time it was about the win.
National Record Holder and Multiple SEA Games champion in several events Eduardo Buenavista, 37. He faded out of the picture entirely and never really featured in the race. 2011 SEA Games Silver Medallist Eric Panique, who has been unable to train much due to the Philippine Army duties, wound up around 8th place.
The Milo Marathon was held in Clark this year due to two other road running events at MOA and Luneta.
“Turn out was quite good this year we had around 15,000 entries. I’m quite happy without everything turned out today.”
Said Milo Race Organizer Rio Dela Cruz had been a key driving force behind this event for many years now.
2014 Milo Marathon
Master Endurance is now the Milo Marathon Champion; Tabby Defends her title.
Dec 14, 2014
After years of hardship, Rafael Poliquit of the Philippine Airforce. Also known as ‘Master Endurance,’ finally won the Milo Marathon crown in 2014. The 25-year-old is a UAAP Standout for FEU. And former national champions over 5000 and 10000m bested some of the sport’s legends. Poliquit won in a personal best time of 2:32.29. Finishing fourth behind three Kenyans who all registered 2:21 but were the first Filipino athlete home.
The second was National Record Holder and former SEA Games champion Eduardo Buenavista, 36 (Airforce). Milo Marathon Manila Leg champion Erinio Raquin was third at 2:35.60. While SEA Games bronze medalist Eric Panique faded to fourth place with 2:37.24. She was followed closely by Noel Tillor and National 10,000m Champion Julius Sermona.
The Womens Division saw a battle of four former Milo Marathon Queens. However, last year’s champion Mary Joy Tabal, 25, of Cebu, dusted off the field with a win in 2:51.55, which was well ahead of her nearest pursuer.
Former multiple Milo women’s champions. Double SEA Games champion and National Record Holder Christabel Martes (Baguio), 34, a mother of one. She made a remarkable comeback to improve this year to second place with a time of 3:03.49. She held off the 2011-2012 Milo Champion/ National 10,000m Champion and PATAFA training pool member Mary Grace Delos Santos (Airforce), 27. Who clocked 3:05.34 for third place.
Jhoann Banayag (Army), 32, a former SEA Games champion, multiple milo champion, and mother of one, made a return this year to finish fourth in 3.07.59. Following closely behind was national triathlete Miscelle Gilbuena (Airforce). And Criselyn Jaro (Airforce), one of the three famous Jaro sisters.
SEA Games selection Women Cut and Dry / Men’s Difficult
From December 2013 to March 2015, the 2015 SEA Games women’s selection is straightforward. One participant has broken the 2013 SEA Games bronze standard of 2h49.01. In December 2013, Mary Joy Tabal ran the quickest Milo Marathon ever at 2h48.00. Despite her 2h51.55 Milo Marathon time. Locals hadn’t vanquished her. The race’s one-week delay would have hurt her.
Six months till the next SEA Games. Since two Marathons a year is the limit, there is not enough time to run another. Qualifying again may fatigue you for the June 7 SEA Games Marathon.
Two more Milo Marathon finishers have a decent chance of qualifying for the National Open 10,000m on March 19-22. Last May, Mary Grace Delos Santos missed the Philippine National Games standard by 6 seconds.
Men’s 2015 SEA Games selection is more challenging than women’s. Only two athletes have qualified for the SEA Games below Bronze.
Eduardo Buenavista December 2013 Milo Marathon was 2.27.14. Bertek beat Singapore’s Mok Yin Reng’s 2:28.36. Eric Panique, who won bronze in the last SEA Games at 2.30.30, has medalled at the last two.
While Poliquit has defeated both the SEA Qualifiers, his time of 2:32.29 is outside the SEA Standard of 2.30.30 by nearly two minutes.
The question is now who to send out of three as only two can be sent to SEA Games 2015 in Mens Marathon
Poliquit should be reinstated after coming fifth at the national games behind four non-national athletes. He also defeated two SEA Games veterans.
If one athlete does not meet the bronze medal threshold, the selectors and task force may include him in the SEA Games. It may cause additional non-medal standard athletes to appeal, creating unpredictability in selection. The athlete’s age, course type, and event newness should be considered when appealing.
Milo Marathon Eliminations: Erinio is King of the Raq!
July 29, 2014
Erinio Raquin won the Men’s Milo Eliminations Marathon in 2:31.15. National Coach Luisito ‘Ojon’ Artiaga trains Raquin and SEA Games steeples champion Christopher Ulboc.
In last year’s eliminations, where he barely lost to 2013 SEA Games bronze medalist Eric Panique, he had a best performance of 2 hours 30.21.
Last year, the PSC-POC task committee cut Raquin from the 2013 SEA Games’ second slot in the last round. Davao’s Jeson Agravanate (2h38.36) finished second, ahead of last year’s 5000 and 10000m National Champion Rafael Poliquit (2h44.15).
Mary Grace Delos-Santos (3h08.15) won the women’s race, needing 2h49.01 to qualify for the SEA Games. The task force eliminated Delos-Santos and Raquin from the final SEA Games selections. Jennelyn Nobleza (3h17.43) and Aileen Tolentino (3h33.04) completed the top three.
Jhoann Banayag won the 21K in 1h30.33. Banayag, who left the national team after giving birth last year, is returning. Ann Barcena finished third in 1h33.53.
Road Running Philippines – Buenavista, Dela Torre conquer Milo Tarlac 21k
By MST Sports | Jul. 14, 2014, at 12:01 am
TARLAC City—Reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista and FEU Manila varsity runner Mary Grace Dela Torre bested their rivals in the 21K division run at the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday in Tarlac City.
This leg had about 13,000 runners and 39 National Finalists.
Buenavista and Dela Torre received P10,000, a trophy, and a position in the December 7 National Finals. The 2015 MILO Marathon King and Queen will compete in the Tokyo Marathon with elite runners from around the world.
Five-time Buenavista Marathon champion MILO won with a timing of 01:10:30, beating Ferdinand Corpuz (01:14:36) and Jujet Pacsis De Asis (01:15:34). Dela Torre, a 21K first-timer, finished in 01:46:38, beating Rowena Valdez (01:48:30) and Shane Acosta (01:49:58).
Buenavista, a two-time Olympian and three-time SEA Games gold medallist endured the heat and dry weather to win again.
“The weather today was challenging. I’m used to the cold weather in Baguio, where I train with the national team. Thankfully there are adequate water stations throughout the race to help us cool down,” shared the athlete fondly called Vertek by his friends.
The 35-year-old native of South Cotabato is a sergeant of the Philippine Air Force and a member of the Philippine National Team. “I am focused on my training, and my target is to win in the finals. Because of MILO, I was able to experience running in the 2014 Paris Marathon. I would like to defend my crown as MILO Marathon King and run in the Tokyo Marathon next year.”
Road Running Philippines – Master Endurance – Poliquit – very serious about defending his 10k title at PNG
April 14, 2014
At last year’s National Games in Manila, 25-year-old Rafael Poliquit won the 5k and 10k medals, defeating Eduardo Buenavista. Poliquit, who missed the SEA Games, lost to Richard Salano of UE in the 5k and 10k at the UAAP.
The Master, who recently beat 3K Steeple Chase Champion Christopher Ulboc in a 5k run, continued his fine form leading up to PNG with a win at the Del Run organized by Rio Dela Cruz in Marikina, winning a race just over 10k on the road in 33.06 minutes. He beat NCAA Newcomer Immuel Camino of Arellano, who was runner-up in 1500, 3k steeples, and 5k (Camino has the best time of 15.08, better than Poliquit PB) and Salano. The race started in the oval, proceeded onto the road, then returned to the oval.
Road Running Philippines – A Strong Field in PNG
Roy Vence coaches Poliquit. Wants to demonstrate his commitment to defending his National Games 10k championship. He won again last year. Poliquit will compete against a tough field. Buenavista, Sermona, Salano, Panique, and others will compete in a strong field.
Poliquit’s 32.02.49 to win the National title was slower than his older opponents’ best timings, but he had the quickest 5k and 10k speeds the previous year. Poliquit seeks to reduce his best result at PNG.
2013 Milo Marathon Finals
Veteran Eduardo Buenavista finished behind 3 Kenyans to win the local division of the meet in 2h27.14.
Buenavista was supposed to be part of the Team Philippines to see action in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar but was removed from the list at the last minute by the coaching staff.
“This victory at least proved that I deserve to be in the 2013 Myanmar Sea Games. I really wanted to win this race to prove my point. I am not yet fading,”
Said Buenavista, a bronze medalist in Indonesia’s 2011 Sea Games and gold medalist in the 2009 Laos Games marathon.
Rene Desuyo finished at 2:32:34 to place second in the local division and earned P100,000, while Ireneo Raquin was third in 2:32:57. He received P75,000.
Milo sports executive Andrew Neri said that a total of 26,681 runners participated in the 37th edition, which was more than the targeted 20,000.
“Last year, there were 214,000 participants throughout the country, but this year, we have 220,000 runners,” said Neri.
2013 Milo Marathon
Road Running Philippines ILONGGO RUNNERS HULLEZA, GANZON RULE LAST VISAYAS SWING OF 36TH NATIONAL MILO MARATHON
From Manila Times, Oct 31, 2013, by AFP
Rowell Hulleza and Alexandra Ganzon took advantage of the fair weather to top the Iloilo qualifying leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon.
Over 12,200 athletes and running enthusiasts ran the difficult course around Iloilo City for the thirteenth instalment of the country’s premier foot race. Negrense Hulleza dominated the 21k men’s division race in 1:15:56 to pocket the P 10,000 top prize.
The West Negros University Criminology undergraduate finished ahead of runners Bennie Murillo and Jorge Sepida, who finished in 1:16:38 and 1:22:24, respectively. Completing the top 3 casts in the distaff side are Ganzon, who triumphantly crossed the finish line in first place at 1:44:59, Mellina Jane Jaroda at 1:52:34, and Mary Antonette Nuñez at 1:57:45.
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