Big PB! for Robyn Brown as she closes in on the National Record in 400 Hurdles
Fil-American Hurdler Robyn Lauren Brown has blown her 400 Hurdles PB to Smithereens. Robyn stopped the clock at 57.65 to win the San Diego Imperial Association Challenge at Chula Vista.
The SEA Games Bronze medalist in the 400 Hurdles from 2019 took down her previous mark of 58.49 set over 2 years ago on May 11, 2019.
Robyn also closed in on the National Record just .08 seconds away from the Great Elma Muros Posadas of 57.57 which was set 30 years ago.
This was busy athletes’ 8th 400 Hurdle race since March 27. And her 10th race for 2021. Robyn had also PBed in April in the 400 Hurdles back in April.
The Olympic Qualifying standard is 55.40 for 400 Hurdles for Womens.
Brown clocked 59.08 at the 2019 SEA Games, Gold and Silver went to Vietnam in 56.90 and 57.39.
Robyn Brown adds season lead in the 400m
SEA Games 400 Hurdles bronze medalist Robyn Lauren Brown; after improving her 2021 South East Asian season lead in the 400 Hurdles to 59.15 at the Azusa Invite on April 3. Then added the 400m season lead, which was previously held by 2017 SEA Games 400m Bronze medalist Shereen Samson Vallabouy of Malaysia.
Brown opted to run the 400 meters this weekend at the Franson Classic in Azusa (April 10) and treated herself to a personal best of 55.55.
Brown lopped off nearly a whole second off her previous personal best of 56.47 set at Fullerton almost 2 years ago on May 3, 2019.
Brown finished 4th in the 400m A Race. She was behind three members of the Brazilian national team. The event was won by Tiffany Silva Marinho of Brazil, who clocked 51.88, about 1/2 a second off the 51.35 Olympic Qualifying standard.
The Performance also ranks Brown #8 on the All-Time List of Filipino Women 400m runners. She was not previously in the Top 10 with her previous personal best.
Brown was also the anchor runner for the Philippines Women’s 4x400m at the SEA Games, taking her team from 4th to Bronze on the final place of the leg.
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Robyn Lauren Brown takes SEA Season Lead in 2021 in 400 Hurdles
1 Sparkle McKnight Trinidad Tob 57.27
2 Melissa Gonzalez Colombia 58.69
3 Alanah Yukich SR UTSA 58.78
4 Robyn Brown SR Team Philippines 59.26
5 Deonca Bookman Unattached 1:00.18
6 Kylee O’Connor Santa Barbar 1:00.68
7 Sydni Willis Unattached 1:01.06
8 Samantha Gonzalez Colombia 1:05.69
SEA Games Bronze
UPDATE: Robyn Brown took Bronze at the 2019 SEA Games behind Huyen and Quach of Vietnam.
During the season, she has improved her 400 Hurdlest time to 58.46.
She also helped the 4×400 women’s team set a new record and take bronze at SEA Games 2019.
Robyn Lauren Brown
Robyn Lauren Brown stunned the athletic community. With a 4 sec win over UAAP Champion Marilyn ‘Daffy’ Avila at the national open. Robyn has now secured her Philippine Passport. A delighted Brown posted this on Facebook.
Leading up to the National Open win in June. In contrast, Brown has a Personal Best of 59.51 set in Torrance at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays. However, she timed 1:01.80 at the Philippine Nationals, which is somewhat far from her PB. Due to the traveling (some 11 hours Manila to Ilagan), long season, and lack of a quality opponent.
Also, Brown’s 400 PB is 57.09 (April 2018), and 200 PB is 25.23 (April 2018) for 200m. However, the differential for women hurdles is usually about 3 seconds, according to Statistician Jad Adrian Washif. Jad has a master’s in sports science and is currently studying for his Ph.D.
Based on her 400m time, Robyn Brown should only be able to time 57.09 + 3 = 1.00.09, yet she has run half a second faster.
Why is this?
Well, take into consideration she doesn’t run many 400m; in fact, she just ran one in the whole year. So lets look at her 200m time 25.2 x 2 = 50.4 + 5 secs = 55.4. 55.4 + 3.0 secs = 58.4. So she has about another second to play around with before needing to bring her speed down more.
How does this change the local landscape?
Robyn Brown already made a huge impression by beating a former national athlete (3 years in the training pool, in 2 separate streaks), Marilyn ‘Daffy’ Avila. Avila herself on the local scene was the #1 Hurdler and the UAAP Champion. So a 4-second dominating win really sent shock waves.
Now that Brown has secured her Passport, she is ranked #1 with her 59.31 in the Philippine Rankings. As performances dated back to January 1 of the year, the passport is obtained (this year) are eligible for rankings. Still, no new records are eligible only from the passport’s issue date onwards (July 2018).
Brown is now the #1 Ranked for Selection for SEA Games in the Philippines next year. She is followed by Palaro Recor Holder Riza Jane Valiente, from Bohol but now at Senior High school at JRU. Valiente has a hand-timed 1.01.5, and she was the most qualified athlete for the World Juniors but despite this. The PATAFA still went ahead and sent Edwin Giron Jr. (800 8th in Asian Juniors), who could not secure a Visa for the meet in Finland. So and sent no entry.
Another Fil-Heritage Hurdler
However, another Fil-Heritage athlete is looking at getting a passport in the Women’s 400 Hurdles who has a PB of 58.77. If that were to happen, these two would be the top 2 contenders to represent the Philippines at the 2019 SEA Games.
Meanwhile, the Top 2 Juniors Valiente and Bernalyn Bejoy, both 17 (1:01.9), will be competing at the ASEAN School Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Now regarding the All-Time List. 59.51 puts Robyn Brown as #4. Elma Muros Posadas still holds the record at 57.57.
|2||58.09||Mary Grace Melgar||10.3.1981||6||Asian Games||Incheon||4.9.2005|
|3||59.29||Agripina de la Cruz||7.11.1960||1||Bangkok, Thailand||13.12.1985|
|4||59.51||Robyn Lauren Brown||Mt. Sac Relays||Torrance||20.04.2018|
|5||59.86||Nene Gamo-Pellosis||22.2.1964||3||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||23.8.1989|
|8||61.07||Jenny rose Rosales||30.11.94||1f||UAAP||Dasmarinas||08.12.13|
|9||61.49||Anna Leah Hugo||30.3.1974||2||Singapore||3.9.1995|
|10||61.80||Susanna Arangote||2||SEA Games||Manila||14.6.1983|
How she would fare at SEA and Asian Level
With the retirement of SEA Games, Champion Nguyen Thi Huyen of Vietnam, who has decided to start a family, leaves the crown vacant. However, Vietnam has prepared for this with Quach Thi Lan, who took the silver two years ago in Singapore 2015 SEA Games, clocking 57.03 so far this year. Quach has a PB of 52.06, so she has room to go 55 if she has to. Currently, Robyn Brown is seeded a distant second to Quach. With SEA Games silver medalist in 2017, Dipna Lim Prasad is sitting in third with 59.55 but has a PB of 59.24 from 2015.
With this in mind, we think that Robyn Brown will be challenging Dipna Lim Prasad for Silver. Vietnam holds onto Gold with its new 400 Hurdler as Quach has too much 400 speed for the other two to deal with. Nobody else this year has broken 1 minute.
So at Asian Level then?
In conclusion, Quach ranked #5 in Asia. Brown is ranked around 25-30. But take into account some countries have more than 2 runners ranked ahead. However, due to a low turnout in 2014 of just 9 runners, 59.93 made finals at Asian Games. So we look at the 2017 Asian Champs, which also had 12 athletes with 1.01.60 last in the final. Off both these results with her PB, Brown can place about 6th at Asian Level.
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