SEA Games 2019 Athletics Comprehensive Results

Last Updated on June 26, 2022 by Andrew Pirie

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400M Men’s  1-2 for Vietnam. Photo Credit: AFP

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics  400 m Final (8)

GOLD Tran Nhat Hoang VIE/2000 46.56

SILVER Tran Dinh Son VIE 46.68

BRONZE Phitchaya Sunthonthuam THA
4. Joyme Sequita PHI 47.71

5. Michael Del Prado PHI 47.74

6. Tan Zong Yang SGP 47.93;

7. Much.Saiful Safwan Saifuddin MAS 48.11;

With the absence of defending champion Trenten Beram. Tran Nhat Hoang was 19 years old and led a 1-2 sweep for Vietnam with his compatriot Dinh Son. Hoang, a newcomer, had narrowly beaten Son at the SEA Games trials 2 months ago, with both clocking 46.48.

Such was the strength of Vietnam’s 400m Men’s Depth that Quach Cong Lich and Luong Van were 3rd and 4th at the 2017 SEA Games. I ended up 4th and 3rd at the trials and did not qualify for the individual 400m. Sunthonthuam, who took silver in 2017, was relegated to bronze.

-heats- (8) h1: Tran Dinh Son 46.92; Luqmaul Hakim Khairul Akmal MAS 47.56 (DNS in final); Del Prado 47.58; Nattapong Kongprakhan THA 47.95; Zubin Percy Muncherji SGP 48.75; h2: Tran Nhat Hoang/2000 47.06; Sunthonthuam 47.43; Tan 47.56; Sequita 47.76; Saifuddin 47.77;

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics  800m Final (9)

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics  As Per Pinoyathletics Data numbers that have passed the SEA Bronze Mark of 2019

Team Filipinas 2019 SEAG Qualifying Standards
Qualifying Standard Qualifiers Slots Qualifying Standard Qualifiers Slots
100m 10.43s 1 2 11.76s 2 2
200m 21.26s 1 2 23.68s 2 2
400m 46.48s 1 2 54.55s 1 2
800m 1:50.76s 2 2 2:12.31s 1 2
1500m 3:53.68s 1 2 4:37.24s 0 2
5000m 15:01.80s 0 2 17:36.98s 0 2
10,000m 30:54.86s 0 2 37:36.64s 0 2
110m/100m Hurdles 14.15s 1 2 14.14s 0 2
400m Hurdles 51.52s 2 2 1:00.73s 1 2
3000m Steeplechase 9.06.41s 0 2 10:36.90s 0 2
20,000m walk/10,000m walk 1:34.04 0 2 53:17.10s 0 2
Marathon 2:31.52 1 2 2:58.17s 1 2
High Jump 2.18m 0 2 1.83m 0 2
Pole Vault 5.25m 1 2 3.60m 2 2
Long Jump 7.75m 1 2 6.45m 1 2
Triple Jump 16.37m 1 2 13.32m 0 2
Shot put 17.12m 1 2 14.26m 0 2
Discus throw 44.80m 1 2 45.10m 0 2
Hammer throw 55.94m 1 2 54.88m 0 2
Javelin throw 65.94m 1 2 47.21m 2 2
Decathlon/Heptathlon 6737 1 2 5288pts 0 2
*Qualifying Deadline: 08 Sept 2019

List of Names of Athletes who have passed the Bronze of 2017 SEA Games (Updated June 11, 2019)


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SEA Games 2019 Athletics  Only Individuals who have passed the bronze medal mark of 2017 are listed—some Notes Sea Games 2019 Athletics.

  1. As no Qualifying Period as specified on the PATAFA site, all previous medalists were listed as passing the bronze. With the last SEA Games being the start.
  2. According to PATAFA Facebook Page, September 8, 2019, is the Deadline for Qualification
  3. Relays are not included at this point, as in some cases might be reshuffled. Likely and will field all relays.
  4. Any Fil-Heritage athletes must have a phi passport. I have not included in these lists Fil-Heritage athletes who have passed bronze marks in 2017 who do not have phi passports.
  5. As Per PATAFA, overseas athletes are required to participate in at least one PATAFA sanctioned meet.
  6. Athletes are highlighted in Red. Beram and Moren have Phi Passports but have yet to participate in PATAFA meet for 2019.
  7. Guarte is not currently a member of the National Team but is a bronze medalist in 1500 from 2019. As of now, nobody else has passed the bronze medal mark of the last SEA Games in 1500.

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As of now, 24 athletes have made it past the Bronze medal standard. 9 of the 24 are Fil-Heritage athletes. All of them except Kristina Knott are training outside the Philippines. Ernest Obiena and Mary Joy Tabal are training in Italy and Japan.

It was announced before the 5th place was the qualifying. However, as per the  28th May Update, SPECIAL BULLETIN!!! For the information and reference of “all aspiring Filipino athletes” to represent the Philippines in the 2019 South East Asian Games, here’s the list of events.

Please also note this is a disclaimer.

This is just a list of athletes who have passed the bronze.

Ultimately the final team will be selected by the PATAFA. And accredited by the POC.

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics Schedule

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SEA Games 2019 Rankings List

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics Day 1 + 2 Entries and Stats

Dec 6, 2019



2019 SEA  Rankings Athletics

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics Breakdown and Forecasts Other Sports

November 10, 2019

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How on Earth did the NSAs come up with 220 Golds for the SEA Games? That is Disneyland movie material right there?

Think about 54 sports in SEA Games, so that means each sport will have to get 220/ 54 = 4.07 golds, so 4-5 golds each. Take into account that some sports also only have 2 golds max available.

Then going through the list, I can say about 20 of these sports will not get any golds at all. Not naming any yet as some NSA Leaders might get clucky with their hunches and instincts.

So with 34 sports, which will get medals, that means 220/34 = 6.47 or 6-7 golds each for the NSA to win golds.

That is just looking at the basic logistics. I will try and come up with some sort of breakdown; it seems the 220 gold count didn’t come with any form of breakdown by sport, which would be interesting to analyze.

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Below is Pinoyathletic’s very own forecasting of the Number of Golds for Each Sport

Aquatics (2 to 3 Golds)

Remedy Rule (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)
  • Diving 0
    Open Water 0 (not sure if this event will still push through)
  • Swimming 2-3 Golds
  • Water Polo 0
  1. James Delparine 50 Breast 27.91 #1 SEA for 2019, gold last sea games was 28.25.
  2. Remedy Rule 200 Butterfly 2:11.38 #1 SEA for 2019, gold last sea games was 2:12.03
  3. James Delparine 100 Breast 1:02,44 #3 SEA for 2019, the top 2 are 1:02.16 and 1:02.34. (possible but not sure)

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Archery (0 to 1 gold)

Nicole Maria Tagle
  1. Nicole Maria Tagle (Silver in the Last SEA Games) The 2017 Bronze medalist and best performer at the 2019 test event.

For a more breakdown of the event and data, please visit the below link.

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Badminton (0 golds)

Badminton 0 Golds, based on the current world ranking lists, 2017 SEA Games, and Asian Badminton Website. Breakdown in below link


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Baseball/Softball (2-3 Golds)

Based on the World Rankings.

Men’s Baseball
1 Indonesia
2 Philippines
3 Thailand
4 Singapore
Womens Softball
1 Philippines
2 Indonesia
3 Singapore
4 Thailand
Mens Softball
1 Philippines
2 Indonesia
3 Singapore
4 Thailand

Basketball (3-4)

World Rank 2017
31 Philippines GOLD
88 Indonesia SILVER
105 Thailand BRONZE
107 Singapore 4th
3×3 Mens Asia Cup
10 Indonesia
14 Vietnam
16 Philippines
18 Malaysia
World Rank
50 Philippines 4th
66 Malaysia GOLD
75 Indonesia BRONZE
80 Thailand SILVER
3×3 Womens Asia Cup
6 Thailand
8 Philippines
15 Malaysia

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Football (0)

Netball (0)

Rugby 7s (1-2)

Volleyball (0)

4 Teams in Women’s Basketball after Singapore withdraws.
Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Thailand to win, followed by Vietnam + Indonesia, and then the Philippines.

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics Predicts

November 10, 2019

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SEA Games 2019 Mens 100m Review

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics Lalu Zohri

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Lalu Muhammad Zohri
 of Indonesia Athletics Federation/PB PASI goes in as the overwhelming favorite for the Crown of the fastest man in South East Asia. Zohri has broken the SEA Record 3 times this year with 10.15 and 10.13 (silver in Asian champs behind Kiryu of Japan. He then brushed up an impressive 10.03 at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Japan (behind former Olympic Champion Justin Gatlin’s 10.01 and Kiryu’s 10.02.

Jirapong Meenapra, จิระพงศ์ มีนาพระ the 2013 SEA Games champion ranks #2; however, Meenapra has not finished on the podium in SEA Games 100 in 2015 and 2017.

Another one to watch is Malaysia’s Jonathan Nyepa, a PB of 10.28 from 2017 and has been training in Florida.

2015 SEA Games Champion Eric Cray of the Philippines, and Kritsada Namsuwan of Thailand, the 2017 SEA Games bronze medalist, will also be mixed. It’s unclear whether Malaysia will field Khairul Hafiz Jantan, the defending 2017 SEA Games champion this stage.

Pinoyathletics Forecast for SEA Games
Gold – Zohri INA -times are a lot better than anyone else is world-class with some awe-inspiring runs against the world’s best, and 3 times has broken sea record. 10.20 is really like a jog for him.

Silver – Nyepa training in the united states PB of 10.28 has been consistently running in the 10.3-10.4 range of Malaysia.

Bronze – Punpa of Thailand young guy just 20 excellent 200 runners with 20.77. Currently mentored by Loren Seagrave, one of the best coaches in the history of track and field. has been consistent at 10.4-10.5

Philippine Entries –

Eric Cray (PB 10.25 NR, 2015 SEA Games Gold Medalist, No Time for 2019).

Anfernee Lopena (PB 10.47 2016, SB 10.61)









2019 SEA Rankings Mens 100m
1 Muhammad Lalu Zohri 1-Jul-00 INA 10.03
2 Jirapong Meenapra 5-Nov-93 THA 10.34
3 Jonathan Nyepa 6-Mar-96 MAS 10.37
4 Zulfiqar Ismail 31-Jan-99 MAS 10.41
5 Nixon Kennedy 26-Jan-95 MAS 10.42
6 Muhd Haiqal Hanafi 29-Apr-99 MAS 10.46
7 Siripol Punpa 9-Sep-99 THA 10.45
8 Kritsada Namsuwan 9-Feb-94 THA 10.46
8 Eko Rimbawan 29-Jul-95 INA 10.48
9 Russell Taib 5-Apr-98 MAS 10.49
10 Natthaphong Weerawattanaratiri 3-Feb-97 THA 10.49
11 Ruttanapon Sowan 10-Jan-94 THA 10.50
12 Khairul Hafiz Jantan MAS 10.50
13 Sudirman Hadi INA 10.50

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics Mens 200m Review

Siripol Punpa. SEA Games 2019 Athletics.

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Anticipating a Golden Double for Muhammad Lalu Zohri of Indonesia. Undoubtedly the best sprinter SEA has ever produced. The top 3 in SEA ran faster than the PB and gold medal-winning time and the now-vacant sprint throne left by Trenten Beram of the Philippines (20.84). Zohri, although ranked 3rd in South East Asia, doesn’t run 200m very much, and still junior has run 20.81. With a 100m PB of 10.03 and frequent 10.1-10.3 runs. It is expected he has a lot more in reserve as he ran the 20.81 rather unchallenged at the Junior Nationals in Indonesia.

On the move are two more youngsters Punpa of Thailand, who has improved his PB from 21.18 to 20.76 (the 4th fastest by a Thai sprinter). And Malaysian/Australia Russel Taib broke the Malaysian National record and improved his PB this year from 21.30 to 20.77.

The 200m has gone up a lot, with Nyepa of Malaysia also running 20.92. 

In 2018 only Beram (20.96) ran sub 21 seconds. In 2017 only Beram (20.84) and Jantan of Malaysia (20.90). But in 2019, 4 men have broken 21 seconds.

The steep competition level that SEA Games silver medalist Jirapong Meenpra was only ranked 5th in the rankings in 2019.

Philippine Entries – unsure, but nobody is ranked top 10.


Gold Zohri, Silver Punpa, Bronze Taib.

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1 Siripol Punpa 9-Sep-99 THA 20.76
2 Russell Nasir Taib 5-Apr-98 MAS 20.77
3 Muhammad Lalu Zohri INA 20.81
4 Jonathan Nyepa 26-Mar-96 MAS 20.92
5 Jirapong Meenapra 5-Nov-93 THA 21.08
6 Muhammad Lalu Zohri INA 21.14
7 Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi 2004 MAS 21.15
8 Ruttanapon Sowan 10-Jan-94 THA 21.20
9 Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi MAS 21.20
10 Eko Rimbawan INA 21.26

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics  Men’s 400m Review

Vietnam has great depth in the 400. At the top of the list
is Tran Nhat Hoang, who took a new Vietnam record of 46.46 and improved his PB from 47.68 to 46.46 this year. At the final trials for SEA Games on Sept 16. Narrowly beating Tran Dinh Son in a blanket finish.

Dinh Son had got the better of SEA Games Champion Trenten Beram at the Asian Games, drawing the same semi-final. He was also impressed in the Asian Grand Prix, taking bronze twice.

Dinh Son this year improved from 46.70 to 46.64 to 46.55 to 46.46. Despite running many PBs, Vietnam’s depth was pipped in a hairline finish by the Junior Hoang.

With Beram no longer running, the 400 titles are vacant. None of the top 3 have shown the fine form, and new athletes have emerged Suthonthuam, the SEA Games silver, is only ranked 8th, and Cong Lich, who was sea games bronze, is not even qualified in the individual 400 ranked 9th.

The Philippines will be represented by Joyme Sequita, who has run 47.41 this year and had a PB last year of 47.26, and Michael Carlo Del Prado, who has been the big improver this year, taking his PB from 48.29 to 47.49. The two get the nod over the injured Udtohan.

Predicts – While the two Filipinos may improve on their bests, they are quite far off medal contention.

Hoang (VIE) – Gold (prob low 46)
Dinh Son (VIE) – Silver
Sutonthuam (THA) – Bronze (PB of 46.39)

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2019 SEA Rankings – Men’s 400m 2019.

1 2000 VIE 46.46
2 Tran Dinh Son 97 VIE 46.46
3 Luqman Hakim Khairul Akmal 25-Jan-99 MAS 46.92
4 Jomar Udtohan 96 PHI 46.95
5 Saiful Safwan Saifuddin 1999 MAS 47.00
6 Abdul Wafiy Roslan 20-Apr-99 MAS 47.11
7 Luong Van Thao 95 VIE 47.13
8 Phitchaiya Suthonthuam 31-Aug-99 THA 47.15
9 Quach Cong Lich VIE 47.33
10 Jirayu Pleenram 9-Feb-96 THA 47.37

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SEA Games 2019 Athletics  Men’s 800m Review

Carter Lily. SEA Games 2019 Athletics 

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Carter Lilly took the National Record of John Lozada (1.47.77) that had stood since 2002. He had run 1.47.52 but before that 1.46.95 a the US Trials before obtaining his Filipino Passport.

Carter representing the Philippines is also within range of breaking the SEA Record of Batumulai Rajakumar of Malaysia, which has stood since 1985. The SEA Games record of 1:48.29 was set by another Malaysian, Samson Vallabouy, in 1989.

Such is Carter’s performance in the last few years that the next fastest man seems light-years behind Vietnam’s Duong Van Thai, who ran 1:48.97 back in 2017. Van Thai is the 3 Times SEA Games Champion 2011, 2015,2017

Filipino Representatives.

Lilly Carter
Marco Vilog

Pinoyathletics Picks
Gold Lilly Carter PHI
Silver Duong Van Thai VIE
Bronze Jirayu Pleenram THA

SEC Rankings 2019.

1 Carter Lilly PHI 1.47.52
2 Royson Vincent MAS 1.50.57
3 Jirayu Pleenram 9-Feb-96 THA 1.51.17
4 Marco Vilog 30-Jul-91 PHI 1.51.63
5 Duong Van Thai 92 VIE 1.51.74
6 Luong Duc Phuoc 2002 VIE 1.51.81
7 Putra Azmal Syazwan Azman 8-May-97 MAS 1.51.87
8 Fazri Bin Muhammad Zahari MAS 1.52.14
9 Tran Van Dang 2000 VIE 1.52.16
10 Bilal Bilano INA 1.52.54

SEA Games 2019 Athletics  Men’s 1500m Review

Duong Van Thai. SEA Games 2019 Athletics 

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2015 & 2017 SEA Games Champion Duong Van Thai of Vietnam dominates the field this year, already nearly 3 seconds faster than the next placed athlete in 2019. Van Thai has a PB of 3:47.04 from the Singapore SEA Games.

2017 SEA Games 5000m champion. Nguyen Van Lai is the next highest ranked.

With Yothin Yaprajan of Thailand, the 2017 SEA Games Bronze medalist ranked 3rd. Yothin has a PB of 3:49.35 from the 2015 SEA Games.

The Philippines will be represented by Mariano Reduban Masano (PB 3.55.49) and Said Guermali (Not ranked in 2019, PB 3.54.26, 3.59.76 for 2019)

Pinoyathletics Top 3 Picks
Gold – Van Thai VIE
Silver – Yaprajan THA
Bronze – Van Lai VIE

2019 Rankings Men’s 1500m

1 Duong Van Thai VIE 3.50.65 SEA Games Trials HCMC 17-Sep-19
2 Nguyen Van Lai VIE 3.53.56 SEA Games Trials HCMC 17-Sep-19
3 Yothin Yaprajan 8-May-92 THA 3.55.49 ASC Doha, QAT 23-Apr-19
4 Mariano Masano PHI 3.55.86 Weekly Relays New Clark City 22-Sep-19
5 Sony Wagdos PHI 3.55.88 Weekly Relays New Clark City 22-Sep-19
6 Edwin Giron Jr. PHI 3.55.93 Weekly Relays New Clark City 22-Sep-19
7 Tran Van Dong 2000 VIE 3.56.49 SEA Games Trials HCMC 17-Sep-19
8 Muhammad Ridwan INA 3.57.23 Jatim Open Gresnik, INA 29-Mar-19
9 Mervin Guarte 3-Aug-92 PHI 3.58.20 National Open Ilagan, PHI 8-Mar-19
10 Robbi Sianturi INA 3.59.36 Jatim Open Gresnik, INA 30-Mar-19

2019 SEA Games Athletics – Reported but hopefully not true – organizers remove crucial events

While reported by a Vietnam newspaper but hopefully not true.  Most noteworthy is that other SEA Countries will have until Feb 28 to appeal for the inclusion of said events.  

The List of events allegedly excluded.

  • Women’s Long Jump
  • Women’s High Jump
  • Women’s Marathon
  • Men’s and Women’s 10,000 or Walks

While Women’s High Jump and Mens and Womens 10k or Walks are not big blows, we have no serious medal contenders based on SEA Rankings. Yet the exclusion of the Women’s Long Jump and Women’s Marathon bares a huge impact. In the Women’s Long Jump, Marestella Sunang, a medal chance having won bronze at the last 2 editions, was planning to retire after the 2019 SEA Games but could be forced into early retirement cancellation of the event pushes through.

Marestella Torres
Marestella Torres x4 SEA Games Gold Medalist and SEA Record Holder. 2019 SEA Games Athletics

While it’s baffling as to why the Women’s Marathon would even be canceled, Mary Joy Tabal is probably the strongest gold medal candidate in Philippine Athletics in Women. And she, too, may be forced into early retirement with the exclusion of the event.

Defending SEA Games Women’s Marathon Champion Mary Joy Tabal. 2019 SEA Games Athletics.

While the Philippines has the prerogative as the host, should it remove any events in Athletics? As these are all Olympic events. And it may tarnish the value of the event itself to the Athletic Community, not just the Philippines. But also South East Asia as a whole. If and should remove any event, it should be ‘The Mixed Relays.’

Article from Vietnam News below.

Đặng Thị Thu Thảo may not have a chance to defend her long jump title at the 30th SEA Games, as the event has been removed from the list of sports. — Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Philippines will not hold several key track-and-field events at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year, a decision that will likely affect Việt Nam’s achievement level in the games as one of the leading athletics teams in the region.

At the previous SEA Games in Malaysia, Việt Nam topped the athletics ranking with 17 gold medals, a biennial competition record.

The organizers revealed a list of 41 events that did not include women’s long jump, high jump, heptathlon, the marathon, the 10,000m race, or the men’s and women’s walk.

Việt Nam is defending champions in women’s long jump and high jump and silver medallists in the 10,000m and women’s walk. The marathon has been a basic event of every SEA Games as it has been held at the Olympics since the first edition in 1896.

The organizers added two events never before seen in the SEA Games – mixed relay 4x100m and 4x400m.

According to Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Deputy General Secretary of the Việt Nam Athletics Federation. The removal of these traditional events is unreasonable. Việt Nam and other countries will have a chance to submit their opinions on the list before the final version is announced on February 28.

The 30th SEA Games will be held from November 30 to December 11 in Manila, Clark, and Subic. It will be the biggest ever edition with a record of 56 sports. — VNS


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SEA Games 3 Athletics, each country can now enter 3 Athletes per event

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A break from the previous tradition of 2 athletes per event as per the last 10 or so SEA Games.

The Hosts are now allowing three Athletes per event per country.

The SEA Games will be hosted in New Clark City in the Philippines from November to December 2019.

How will this look? There are 11 SEA Nations, so if each will enter 3 athletes, say the 100 meters. That is 33 athletes. That will be 5 heats or 4 heats if the New Clark City stadium has 9 lanes. So either they will have to hold an additional Semi-Finals, or they will have Top Placer and the next 4 fastest times to the finals.

The Hosts will also include Mix Gender Relays. This is a rather strange introduction by the IAAF. And Pinoyathletics doesn’t see the point of this event. However, it may help the hosts score extra gold. Also noted is the deduction of the Men’s and Women’s 5000, 10000, and Walks from the program events dominated by the Vietnamese, and the Philippines has no chance of winning. It would have been better to leave out the mixed-gender relays and include more traditional events as part of the program. 

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Mary Joy Tabal wins Marathon Women’s Gold at the 2019 SEA Games.

Next, the most bizarre case was having a 21K (Half Marathon) and Marathon. Very similar events. What will happen is the Vietnamese girls who run 35 minutes who have been deprived of the 10K will probably now move up and run the 21K. Now Mary Joy Tabal‘s coach Philip Duenas talks about entering SEA Games Champion Mary Joy Tabal in the 21K and 42K. Since PATAFA had a major concern about Tabal running too many Marathons, are they now going to turn around and allow her to run a total of 63KM in around a week?


Much Easier to Qualify In

The PATAFA stated for the athletes representing the Philippines in Athletics; they will set the criteria as the 5th place in the SEA Games in 2017. This is ridiculously easy as some events only had four athletes with shallow comparative standards. 

“If they equal the fifth-place performance in the 2017 SEA Games, they can qualify,” Juico said. “However, it doesn’t mean that they’re automatically in the team. They have to be consistent with their training performance. We’re also looking at their past performances.”

While it would be better to base qualification on times in actual competitions, training performances do not correlate.




Pre SEA Games Trials


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2019 PRE SEA Games Trials Day 2 Reports: The Hokey Pokey strikes

Hokett Delos Santos turns 17 tomorrow. Improved his PB from 4.50 to 4.80 at the Pre-SEA Games. Finished with the bronze behind two very experienced Thais.

Delos Santos, the 2019 SEA Youth Champion, is coached by Emerson Obiena, the father of Asian Champion Ernest Obiena – EJ Obiena. EJ wasn’t able to make Pre-SEA Games due to training in Italy.

Hokett Delos Santos’s 4.80m leaps tied the best-ever mark by a 17-year-old Filipino, which he now shares with Fil-Heritage athlete Paris Pijuan who leaped 4.80m also in 2013. He is ahead of EJ Obiena at the same age.
But he will have the whole of 2020 to improve on that mark.

EJ jumped 4.95m as an 18-year-old and 5.21m as a 19-year-old, the Phi Junior Record.

2019 PRE SEA GAMES TRIALS: Palabrica back in the Medal Hunt at SEA Games PRE-SEA Games Clark Women’s Javelin

Evalyn Palabrica, the 2017 SEA Games Bronze medalist, has leapfrogged back from #7 in the SEA Rankings to #3. Further improving her PB from 48.62m (25 May 2019 Taipei Open) to 50.80m.

SEA Games Champion Natta Nachan of Thailand took Gold with 53 meters. Nachan had thrown 56.01m to get the bronze at the Asian Championships.

Jariya Wichadit, also of Thailand, landed bronze with a 49-meter throw.

The Performance places Evalyn #3 on the all-time list passing 3 x SEA Games Champion (1977, 1979, 1981) Erlinda Lavandia. at 25, just less than 3 meters away from the record of Geralyn Amandoron

1 53.75m Gerlayn Amandoran 78 1f National Open Manila 18.05.2001
2 52.34m Rosie Villarito 23.9.79 1 Weekly Relays Pasig 15.8.2009
3 50.81m Evalyn Palabrica 22.07.94 1 Pre-SEA Games Clark 27 October 19
4 49.94m Erlinda Lavandia 52 Manila 1986

Palabrica held the Junior Record in the Javelin set when she won her first international meet, the Gold, at the 2012 ASG. She held the Junior record for 5 years until it was broken by Fil-Heritage athlete Cerah Moren (45.74m), the current holder.

SEA Rankings Top 10

1 Natta Nachan 6-Apr-90 THA 56.01m
2 Supinsira Khma-Oi THA 51.53m
3 Evalyn Palabrica 1994 PHI 50.80m
4 Azina Nurkamilla Intan INA 50.46m
5 Lo Thi Hoang VIE 50.16m
6 Jariya Wichaidit 8-Mar-96 THA 49.84m
7 Siti Nazirah Napis 28-Mar-97 INA 49.60m
8 Cerah Moren PHI 48.11m
9 Dang Thi Trang VIE 46.11m
10 Intan Bahatir 98 INA 46.10m

2019 PRE SEA GAMES TRIALS: Day 1 Reports

As reported before, it was the 2017 SEA Games Champion Andrian; it was their Top Junior Edwin Haloman (19) who improved his PB to 51.35 to win the 400 Hurdles at the 2019 PRE SEA Games at Clark. Ahead of Francis Medina (51.66) of the Philippines. Haloman improves his season-best from 52.11 to 51.28. And his PB from 2018 was from 51.61 to 51.28.

The time ranks for 2019 Haloman behind Eric Cray (50.34) of the Philippines, Quach of Vietnam (50.71), and Hoang of Vietnam (51.20). Medina had run 51.52 earlier in the year in Singapore.



A lot of athletes will not join as they are training overseas.

A more accurate write-up from Philstar than the misleading information from tempo. Ph the other day.

Of the Fil-Heritage athletes, only Knott and Richardson twins will compete.

Unlike what the temp said, Ernest Obiena – EJ Obiena is in Italy, so he will not be teleporting to Clark.

A 67-man strong contingent carries the fight for the Filipinos against rivals from Thailand (31), Singapore (15), Malaysia (14), Vietnam (10), Indonesia (seven), and Brunei (four)

Vietnam Team

1/ Trần Đình Sơn – 400m, TS 4x400m
2/ Trần Nhật Hoàng – 400m, TS 4x400m
3/ Phan Khắc Hoàng – 400m, TS 4x400m
4/ Nguyễn Đức Sơn – 400m, TS 4x400m
5/ Nguyễn Thị Hằng – 400m
7/ Trần Thị Yến Hoa – 100m rào
8/ Phạm Thị Diễm – Nhảy cao
9/ Vũ Thị Ngọc Hà – Nhảy 3 bước
the athletes join Pre SEA Games meet

2019 PRE SEA GAMES TRIALS  will be held at New Clark City from October 26-27

Pre SEA Games


Methodology SEA Games Men’s 1500m – The Rightful Claimant

Hello, all it’s time again for yet another difficult selection issue.  First, let’s note that it’s October 22, and all other NSAs have made public their lists for SEA Games selections. The PATAFA is yet to make its lineup public. Maybe they are waiting until their October 26-27 Pre-SEA Games Trial; maybe they are waiting the night before the SEA Games; who the heck knows?. I had even requested the list from sources and was told they were not to supply it.

We are going to examine the Men’s 1500m selection for SEA Games. I will try and look at this as objectively as possible from various angles. And a word of warning, I do not always say what people want to hear, so I suggest you stop reading as you may or may not like what you’re about to read. 

Word is the PATAFA has selected Mariano Masano and Fil-Heritage athlete Said Guermali (1500-m) in this article (Oct 18, Manila Standard) and confirmed from various sources. As no list has come out, this is the best possible source.

Having been assisting with selection for the 2013 SEA Games and 2015 SEA Games Athletics. And main selection for the 2014 ASEAN School Games and various other domestic teams such as Airforce, etc. Selection is quite often a difficult thing. It’s even more difficult when ‘No clear, consistent selection methodology is put in place.’ And as the Philippines is the host, that seems to be the case in the 2019 SEA Games. With a reluctance to share the list with the public.


Guarte Leaves the Sport

But like I said, we will stick with the facts we know. The first thing to note is that this saga unfolded when National Record Holder and 7x SEA Games Silver medalist and current 1500 Bronze medalist Mervin Guarte who timed 3:53.68 last SEA Games, was removed from the payroll and the national team despite having not been beaten at the Nationals. Mervin left the sport of athletics (due to alleged attitude problems) after being on the national team for 8 years to take his chances at a new sport.

Mervin is now pleased and looks after in his new sport, Obstacle Course Racing. Pinoyathletics wishes Mervin, who we have known for many years, all the best in finding gold in his new sport.


Nobody Hits the SEA Bronze Mark of 2017

With Guarte out, everyone else duaed it up for the SEA Games 1500m 2 slots. However, let’s not the bronze mark of 2017 was 3:53.68 (by Guarte). PATAFA Auditor and Training Director Jeanette Obiena stated the bronze medal would be the qualifier (4:48 into the video).

The fact that nobody hits the bronze before SEA Games and that a Fil-Heritage athlete gets selected for the event shows the decline of the national middle distance program these last few years.

But before that, on Sept 2, another media report reported that PATAFA was eyeing 178!!! Athletes to SEA Games.

Anyway, if we went on that logic, why send anyone at all in 1500??? Let’s look at the other nation’s 2x SEA Games Champion Duong Van Thai of Vietnam clocked 3:50.65 on Sept 19 in Ho Chi Minh. So far this year. 


2 Methodologies???

Mariano Masano

Let’s look at the results for the year 2019 for Filipino Athletes. On September 1, during what was initially supposed to be the final time trial at New Clark City. Before the PATAFA extended the deadline, they still couldn’t make up theimindsnd about who to finalize in their team.  

On September 1. Fil-Heritage athlete Said Guermali won in 3:59.08, which can be viewed as more of a tactical race beating Mariano Masano at 3:59.76 and Sonny Wagdos at 4:00.09. Guermali Personal best time of 3:54.26 from 2016. Assuming that was the final trial. Guermali, as per the IAAF site and TFRSS, had no 800 after returning to the United States in prep for SEA Games. 

On September 22. Masano at 3:55.83, Wagdos at 3:55.86, and Edwin Giron Jr. at 3:55.93 had a close 3-way race. With Masano and Giron breaking their personal best times.

Methodology #1 Coaches Point of View Guermali was tactically better

Said Guermali
Said Guermali

Several coaches, both national and non-national, agreed with the PATAFA President’s decision about the potential of Guermali. Having coached before, I can say I agree and see the logic in this. The tall Middle Distance runner pretty much jogged 3:59 effortlessly, and if the race had been faster, he would have run faster. How good is Guermali id say he is probably the only chance of the bunch to win a medal at the SEA Games if he goes full blast. But I do not think he can get to the Gold level with DVT having run 3:50 just a month ago.

The other thing to add here is that he ran in a slower tactical race on Sept 1, which he understood as the final trial date as it was earlier announced. Guermali beat Masano and Wagdos and Giron. Therefore based on who has beaten who leading up to the final selection, which ended up being October 18?

Guermali > Masano > Wagdos > Giron

So, in that case, PATAFA did make the right decision in selecting Guermali and Masano. Despite our differences, we can see the reasonability of the PATAFA President and coaches making this choice.

Methodology #2 – Based on Times

Methdology SEA Games Mens 1500m
Sonny Wagdos

Now as well as having served as a grass-root coach. As a selector, I would have to employ an unbiased opinion based on data as a statistician. Aswell every coach feels their athlete is potential if we look at performances based on time.  

  1. Masano 3:55.83 (PB)
  2. Wagdos 3:55.86
  3. Giron 3:55.83 (PB)
  4. Guermali 3:59.06
Methdology SEA Games Mens 1500m
2018 Asian Junior 800 Finalist Edwin Giron Jr.

With this in mind, Masano and Wagdos are the strongest candidates. As we can argue, Guermali may or may not have run faster if they all ran faster. But that would just be speculating. 

Regardless we have presented both points of view for the athletic community and the public’s opinion.

So we come up with this formula for selection 1500m = Masano + Guermali or Wagdos – Giron.

This would have been a much easier process if PATAFA had made the list Public to lessen selection uncertainty. In the future, it is better to have a clear Methodology that is kept to rather than deviating from the original methodology.

2015 SEA Games Selection Issues

On a side note, it was again a tough predicament in the 2015 Selection for the Men’s 1500. When in the 2013 SEA Games, the bronze was a ridiculously low 3:58.37. Mervin Guarte got the nod as the top guy, with Roldan Verano ranked 2nd in 3:55, Maulas and Rudyfer both having run 3:57, and Sonny Wagdos having run 3:55.72 but in the unsanctioned PRISAA Meet.

2015 Selection SEA Bronze 3:58.37 (selection Period 2013 SEA Games until 2015)

  1. Mervin Guarte 3:55.10
  2. Roldan Verano 3.55.3
  3. Sony Wagdos 3:55.72 (PRISAA Unsanctioned)
  4. Rudyfer Hernandez 3:57.8
  5. Wenlie Maulas 3:58.30.

Guarte and Verano were selected. But Verano later had to withdraw due to PLDT his work not allowing him time off. Mervin went on to win the Silver at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore in 3:48.06 behind his long-time nemesis Duong Van Thai of Vietnam.

SEA Games 2019 Athletics
SEA Games 2019 Athletics

The Philippines add more athletic events to the SEA Games competition.


Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – The Philippines, hosts of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, have added six events to the competition list after coming under heavy pressure from participating countries and the Asian Athletics Association (AAA).

The Philippines Olympics Committee announced last December they would organize 56 sports with 523 events in the Games, which will be held later this year.

Although it would be the record number of sports, other countries, including Vietnam, complained after several disciplines were omitted.

In track-and-field, they wanted to hold mixed 4x100m and mixed relay 4x400m for the first time but refused 10 events, including women’s high jump and long jump, in which Vietnamese are the champions.

After meetings, organizers did a U-turn and brought the events back.

AAA did not approve the Philippines’ submitted entries and asked them to hold all athletic regular events, including men’s and women’s 5,000m, 10,000m, and walk otherwise; the continental governing body would not accept athletics in the November-December Games.

The Philippines filled up their competition list for the second time, but women’s marathons and heptathlon were axed.

Vietnam reigns champions of the men’s 5,000m and women’s 10,000m and silver medalists in the men’s and women’s 10,000m and women’s walk.

Walkers Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc and Nguyen Thanh Ngung expressed their disappointment after and cut their events. Now they are back as title favorites as both of them recently reached remarkable results that made them the No 1 in ASEAN.

The sister and brother duo, who are both number one in ASEAN, took part in the Asian championship in Japan and finished seventh with a time of 1:30.15 and 1:41.50, the best among Southeast Asian walkers.

Phuc won the SEA Games title in 2015 before taking time off for family reasons.

Vietnam hopes to repeat its success in Manila two years ago when it scooped a record 17 gold medals.

The 30th Games will be held from November 30-December 11 with around 10,000 competitors.

Two years ago, in Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam won 58 golds and finished third behind the hosts (145 golds) and Thailand (72 golds).-VNS/VNA


2019 SEA Games Womens 4×400 Video and Relay Splits

GOLD – Vietnam 3:34.64
Co Nguyễn Thị Oanh – 53.2
Quách Thị Lan – 52.2 /1:47.3
Hoàng Thị Ngọc – 54.3 /2:41.6
Nguyễn Thị Hằng – 53.0 / 3:34.64
SILVER – Thailand 3:39.78
Sukanya Janchaona 56.3
Supanich Poolkerd 53.7
Arisa Weruwanarak 54.3
Chinenye Onuorah 55.5
BRONZE – Philippines 3:43.41
Jessel Lumapas 56.1 /1:52.8
Maureen Schrijvers 56.2 / 2:49.0
4. Indonesia 3:45.01
5. Malaysia 3:47.00

SEA Games 2019 Medal Tally: This is a response to data posted on Quora by John Jelsovsky. Listed below.

The Philippines ended upright in the middle of the medal count. The following nations got more medals than the Philippines:

  1. Malaysia – host country, population 31.6 million, entered 844 athletes (323 medals)
  2. Thailand – population 68.0 million, entered 818 athletes (246 medals)
  3. Indonesia – population 263.5 million, entered 535 athletes (191 medals)
  4. Singapore – population 5.6 million, entered 565 athletes (188 medals)
  5. Vietnam – population 92.7 million, entered 460 athletes (168 medals)

The Philippines has a population of 101.0 million, entered 497 athletes, and won 121 medals.

Malaysia and Thailand brought more athletes. More competitors = more chances, one of them will win a medal. Indonesia has a larger population than the Philippines, and Vietnam is nearly as large.

That only leaves Singapore doing surprisingly well for its small size. I suspect the massive wealth difference accounts for most of that. They can afford the best equipment, facilities, training, etc. For what it is worth, 5 other countries attended, but only won 97 total medals between them.


SEA Games 2019 Medal Tally My Comments

Firstly I’m afraid I have to disagree. The Philippines had .24% of medals per athlete based on the number of athletes it sent. Whereas all the other Big 5 SEA Nations had .30-.38 return on each athlete sent. At the same time, this may look like much, its significance as it dropped us to 6th place at SEA Games.

Furthermore, it debunks the claim that the Philippines did not send enough athletes. Assuming and already sent the best athletes, would there have been enough quality available to have made any difference. Say, for example, if we sent another 40 athletes, it’s not confident that would have changed the ratio of medal returns per athlete sent.

The Philippines also had.04% golds for each athlete sent this was again the lowest ratio. Thailand had.08% and all other countries had .1% or more per athlete.

Then we look at the main point of the question, which is about Population compared to medal count; for this, I have divided the number of medals and the number of golds. To figure out per million people how many awards and golds each major SEA nation had. 

Indonesia had the worst output with .725 medals per million people and .220 golds per million people.

Of course, a country like Indonesia, which has 2.5 times more people than the Philippines, can get away with this due to having the largest SEA Nations population (263 million). The Philippines had 1.198 respectable, but its 0.238 golds per million people lag far behind. In retrospect, the tiny nation of Singapore has 33.57 medals and 10.179 golds per million people.

A similar article which all may not be applicable this time around

How do you solve a problem like Philippine Sports (rev 1)


PSC 2019 CDM to NSAs: Field ‘only’ qualified athletes to SEA Games

MANILA – Team Philippines chef de mission (CDM) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch,” Ramirez said on Thursday the national sports associations (NSAs) should field only the deserving athletes in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 this year.

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  2. Tempo
  3. Athletes who have passed  bronze of SEA  2017


Battle looms for SEAG control

There is a looming head-on collision between parties looking to control the organization of the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.

Joey Romasanta, who assumed the Philippine Olympic Committee’s presidency after the stunning resignation of Ricky Vargas, wants the Olympic body to supervise the SEA Games organization because it is “the franchise holder of the Southeast Asian Games here in the country.”


It is a time to change captains. Romansata is now at the helm of the POC.


As POC eyes SEAG control, the president questioned

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) new leadership wants to seize control of the 30th Southeast Asian Games organization.

But its president, Joey Romasanta, may have to hurdle a question of legitimacy first.

“If possible, I would like to revert to the original formula that the POC will run the [SEA] Games,” said Romasanta a day after replacing Ricky Vargas, who stepped down as the country’s local Olympic chief.

However, Romasanta’s ascension as the president faces a challenge from POC chair Abraham Tolentino, who will call for a special election when the board convenes an extraordinary general assembly on June 25.

As POC eyes SEAG control, president questioned

POC chief hears 120 anthem plays in SEA Games 2019

17 June 2019

  • POC President Ricky Vargas wants 120 Gold Medals at the SEA Games and to win overall
  • CDM and PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez wons to win overall
  • A total of 6 Billion Pesos is being spent on the SEA Games campaign, which the Philippines will host.
  • Vargas would not identify events Philippines aiming to win gold.
  • Thailand Boxing’s yearly budget is 100 Million Pesos a year, whereas ABAP is 20 Million Pesos a year

The Philippine Sports Commission has stood firm backing the original criteria set by the previous POC Taskforce under former CDM Julian Camacho. The government sports agency will only fund those who have legitimately qualified for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, which kicks off on August 18.

Medal Tally

PSC Tells Non-Qualified Athletes: The PSC will only fund those who have

  • Hit Gold or Silver at SEA Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur 
  • Won a medal in the previous 2014 Asian Games in Incheon Korea
  • Those with strong performances in a world or continental meet (e.g., Made the Final at Asian Championships)
PSC Tells Non Qualified Athletes
Ramon Fernandez PSC Commissioner


Above all, PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez said they would carefully scrutinize the list as far as funding is concerned. 


“We just had a board meeting and it was one of the matters that we discussed,” said Fernandez, who is reportedly set to be appointed as acting PSC chairman in the absence of suspended PSC chief William “Butch” Ramirez.

“We decided that we have to stick to the original criteria of the POC and fund the Asian Games participation of those who passed the grade. It is our duty to protect the people’s money and make sure that only the best and brightest will be funded.”


Therefore, unliquidated NSAs such as Cycling and Weightlifting must clear their finances before receiving any more funding, including the Asian Games. The PSC has set aside 72 Million Pesos for the Asian Games budget. 

Richard Gomez. Asian Games CDM.


Based on Fernandez’s calculation, around 30 to 40 of the 281 athletes listed by the new chief of mission, Richard Gomez, and deputies Robert Bachmann and Manny Cabili, did not make the grade.

This most definitely includes the Women’s Volleyball team, who have not finished gold/silver at SEA Games. Officials have stated they want to take the Volleyball team for ‘exposure’ purposes, not to assure a win.


“We just had a board meeting and it was one of the matters that we discussed,” said Fernandez, who is reportedly set to be appointed as acting PSC chairman in the absence of suspended PSC chief William “Butch” Ramirez.

“We decided that we have to stick to the original criteria of the POC and fund the Asian Games participation of those who passed the grade. It is our duty to protect the people’s money and make sure that only the best and brightest will be funded.”


PSC Tells Non-Qualified Athletes Source: 





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