Riza Jane Valiente

Riza Jane narrowly holds off the trotting Bejoy of Negros in the Girls 400 Hurdles.

Despite the fact Riza Jane Valiente already has a Filipino passport having run at the ASEAN School Games.

PATAFA still made the error of selecting the less qualified Edwin Giron Jr. which backfired as he wasn’t able to secure a VISA/Passport in time.


Riza Jane Valiente is the most qualified for World Juniors

May 14, 2018


We are still sticking with our original suggestion that Riza Jane Valiente (already has a Philippine Passport).

Is the most qualified for the Asian Junior Championships.

Riza Jane won the Palaro (set Palaro record) in 1:01.5 (1.01.64 = -30 pts) from standard, then a few weeks later won the Philippine National Games in 1:02.57 = (-60 pts from standard) if we go of her best electronic time.

Whereas Karen Janario who was suggested ahead of her did not participate in the PNG or National Open and has the best time of 25.39 in the qualifying period (-111 pts) from the World Junior standard of 24.20. In the 100 Hurdles, she is -74 points.

James Lozanes 66.39m mark was outside the qualifying period for world juniors of October 2017 onwards, as it was done in July.

So his mark of 56.73m means he is not the most qualified male it would be Edwin Giron Jr. whose recent run of 1:52.70 puts him -70 points from the qualifying.

Concluding that Riza Jane Valiente is the most qualified for the World Juniors as nobody has hit the qualifying standard and in IAAF Points she is the closest.

Malaysia recently had 9 athletes qualify for the World Junior Champs. It got me thinking what about the Philippines?

Despite having 17 Total Records broken at the Palaro.

The Philippines Junior athletes are dropping further and further behind global standards. 

Only Fil-Heritage athletes have ever qualified for World Juniors

Fil-Heritage Sprinters Kayla Richardson (2015 SEA Games 100m Champion) and in Corrales-Nelson in the 2014 and 2016 World Juniors were the country’s only legitimate qualifiers.

As other athletes sent before this were all wild cards. 

Richardson went to the 2014 World Juniors in Eugene as a 16-year-old and clocked 12.03 and 24.53 finishing 5th and 4th in her heat and not professing to the semifinals. 

In 2016 in Poland 11.97 and 24.29 6th and 5th in the heats.

Zion in 2014 ran 24.34 5th and was dqed in the 400 for stepping out of her lane. In 2016 she ran 100 and 200 in 11.80 3rd in heats, and 24.00 in 200, placing 4th and qualifying for the semifinals where she ran 24.05 to finish 5th in the semifinals.



So in 2018, the Philippines has no legitimate qualifier in any event for World Junior Championships.


Somethings to note

  1. only athletes with Filipino Passports can be considered
  2. Only athletes aged 16, 17, 18, or 19 on 31 December 2018 (born in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002 may compete. The maximum number of events in which a Youth athlete (born in 2001 or 2002) can compete in two individual events plus one of the relays. If the two individual events are Track Events, only one of these may be longer than 200m
  3. Members who have no male and/or female qualified athletes whom they wish to enter in any Championships event may enter one unqualified male athlete OR one unqualified female athlete in one event of the Championships (except the Field Events (see below),
    Combined Events, 10,000m, 3000m Steeplechase, and 5000m Women).
  4. Members who have no male and/or no female qualified athlete but whose best athlete excels in a Field Event may submit to the IAAF, by the time of the Preliminary Entry deadline, the name of their athlete plus the performance they would like to enter in the Field Event. The Technical Delegates will make the final decision and, to do so, may seek the opinion of the relevant Area Association.
  5. All performances must be achieved during the period 1 October 2017 to 2 July 2018. Please note that the Final Entries deadline remains three Mondays before the first day of the competition, i.e. 25 June 2018. (entry due

List of IAAF World Junior Qualifying Standards and Rules


Riza Jane Valiente is the closest of the non-qualified


As no athlete has hit the qualifying standard, we took a look at comparing athletes in different events.

The best way to do this was the IAAF Scoring System. Riza Jane Valiente in the 400 Hurdles for Girls came up as the closest qualified (-30 points) from the qualifying for World Juniors.

James Lozanes the SEA School Games Record Holder was (-33 points) in Javelin and Jessel Lumapas the Palaro 400 Record Holder was (-65 points) in the 400m.

Valiente who hails from Bohol is 17 years old she is born in 2001. She is the Palaro Record Holder in the 400 Hurdles, and is a 3-time Palaro Champion in this event.

She has one more year left to play in the Palaro.

Valiente already has a Filipino passport as she represented the Philippines at the 2017 ASEAN School Games finishing 4th.

Valiente is coached by Rosseller Regulacion

World Junior Athletes from the Philippines Comparison

World Junior Athletics July 10-15 Tampere, Finland
Event QF Athlete Name Mark QF Points Points Differential
World Junior Athletics
100m 10.55 Veruel Veradero 10.87 1024 925 -99
200m 22.04 Veruel Veradero 21.35 1017 906 -111
400m 47.70 John Kenneth Nodos 49.54 1000 886 -114
800m 1:50.00 Edwin Giron Jr. 1:52.70 950 880 -70
1500m 3:48.00 Edwin Giron Jr. 4:03.02 1002 820 -182
5000m 14:15.00
110H 14.20 Marjun Sulleza 14.92 1030 906 -124
400H 53.00 Ferdinand Trinadanio 54.93 986 898 -88
Long Jump 7.55
High Jump 2.16
Triple Jump 15.60
Pole Vault 5.10 Francis Obiena 4.40 1021 833 -188
Discuss 56.00 (1.75kg)
Javelin 68.70 James Lozanes 56.73 941 771 -170
Shotput 18.25 (6kg)
Hammer 68.00 (6kg)
100m 11.80 Jessel Lumapas 12.21 1032 950 -82
200m 24.20 Jessel Lumapas 24.91 1017 950 -67
24.20 Karen Janario 25.39 1017 906 -111
400m 55.00 Jessel Lumapas 56.78 1013 948 -65
800m 2:08.70 Bernalyn Bejoy 2:14.45 1012 918 -94
1500m 4:27.00 Leslie De Lima 4:42.34 998 889 -109
3000m 9:35.00 Leslie De Lima 10:06.74 991 894 -97
5000m 16:40.00
100H 14.10 Karen Janario 14.69 1006 932 -74
400H 1:00.75 Riza Jane Valiente 1:01.64 813 783 -30 Palaro
1:00.75 Riza Jane Valiente 1:02.57 813 753 -60 PNG
Long Jump 6.15 Trexie Dela Torre 5.64 1031 921 -110
High Jump 1.82 Alexie Caimoso 1.72 1043 945 -98
Triple Jump 12.85 Rosnani Pamaybay 11.81 1000 895 -105
Pole Vault 4.05 0
Discuss 48.00 0
Javelin 50.00 Ann Katherine Quitoy 45.72 894 814 -80
Shotput 14.50
Hammer 57.00
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