Published December 17, 2019
Sarah Dequinan is the Iron Woman of South East Asia
23-year-old Sarah Dequinan crowned herself the Iron Woman of South East Asia taking the SEA Games Heptathlon title back to the Philippines after 18 years. Joining a great cast of Iron Woman Elma Muros-Posadas 1997 and 2001. And Nene (Gamo) Pellosis 1985 and 1991. Dequinan who came into the competition with a PB of 4592 from 2018. Came away with a whopping Personal best of 5101 points.
She beat Norliyana Kammarudin of Malaysia 4909 pts and 2015/2017 SEA Games Champion Sunisa Khotseemueang 4730 pts. Another Filipino athlete Josefa Ligmayo took 4th in the 4 women event with 4603 pts just outside her 4630pt PB.
Sarah Dequinan not only topped the SEA Games. But concurrently topped the 2019 SEA Rankings in the Women’s Heptathlon Aswell. Josefa Ligmayo wound up #5 in the 2019 SEA Rankings.
Dequinan improvement catapulted her from 6th to 4th on the All-Time list behind Elma who holds the national record at 5346pts, Narsica Atienza 5285pts and Neno Gamo Pellosis 5125 pts.
Coming into this competition Dequinan was ranked 3rd in South East Asia behind Norliyana (5034) and Nguyen Linh Na of Vietnam (5010) points. She beat Norliyana and moved to #1 in SEA Rankings. With Linh Na not being fielded by Vietnam and Emilia Nova of Indonesia the 2017 SEA Games silver medalist focussing on the 100 Hurdles.
Dequinan improved 5 of her 7 events
- 100 Hurdles PB from 15.97 to 15.24
- 200m from 26.50 to 25.72
- Shotput 10.22 to 10.43m
- Javelin from 43.05 to 45.20m
- 800m 2.39.87 to 2.38.44
Dequinan like Marathon Champion Christine Hallasgo hails from the province of Bukidnon in Mindanao.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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