Last Updated on August 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
As the World University Games in Chengdu approach, the PATAFA Weekly Relays showcased top-tier performances from Filipino athletes. Fil-Heritage star, Shiloh Corrales-Nelson, known as the Filipino Shotput Record Holder, clinched a win with a 13.31m throw. Although this was 2.5 meters short of her 15.94m national record set during the Big West Championships in Fuller, it was enough to outperform competitors like Kassandra Alcantara (10.90m) and Chrizzel Lanipa (10.25m). Shiloh’s hammer throw reached 49.60m, a commendable effort despite being short of her 58.36m national record.
John Albert Mantua, a name synonymous with national athletics, dominated the Men’s Shotput at the PATAFA Weekly Relays with a 16.44m throw. He also secured the Hammer Throw title with 46.19m, closely followed by UP’s Ed Delina at 45.71m. Despite his commendable efforts, a SEA Games medal still eludes him after four attempts.
NCAA Champion Algin Gomez continued his impressive streak with a 7.22m long jump, while Diane Shyr Taranza of FEU, formally under the guidance of Olympian Henry Dagmil, won the women’s category with 5.38m. Ateneo’s Jia Kawachi set a personal best in the Women’s Pole Vault, clearing 3.40m.
The track events were a spectacle, with Clinton Kingsley Bautista, the 2019 and 2021 SEA Games 110 Hurdles Champion, clocking an impressive 21.60 in the Men’s 200m during the PATAFA Weekly Relays. His national teammate, Anfernee Lopena, followed closely with 21.65. The relay team from the 2023 SEA Games also showcased their prowess, with Michael Carlo Del Prado and Joyme Sequita clocking 21.79 and 22.05, respectively.
Jessel Lumapas outperformed in the Women’s 200m, clocking 25.00, while Tochukawa Okolo, representing FEU, clinched the 400 Hurdles title with 54.48. In the absence of top-tier 800m runners, Jericho Ejercito, related to former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, secured the Men’s 800m title with 2:01.28.
The PATAFA Weekly Relays concluded with Spectrum Runner’s Richie Estampador winning the 3K Steeples in 9:36.17 and Angel Mendoza of FEU taking the women’s title in 12:15.01.
In conclusion, the PATAFA Weekly Relays served as a testament to the dedication, skill, and prowess of Filipino athletes, setting a promising stage for the upcoming World University Games in Chengdu. From Shiloh Corrales-Nelson’s commendable throws to John Albert Mantua’s unwavering determination, the event was a showcase of talent and passion. As these athletes continue to push their limits and break new ground, the future of Filipino track and field looks brighter than ever. Whether they’re seasoned champions or emerging stars, their performances at the relays are a clear indication of the athletic excellence the Philippines has to offer on the global stage.
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