SEA Games 2013 Athletics Full Report

SEA Games 2013 Athletics Full Report

SEA Games 2013 Photos

2013 SEA Games & Australia Overseas Training

One of my first correspondence with Former PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez. Regarding an Australia Overseas training idea presented for the 2013 SEA Games.

SEA Games 2013: Minimum of five golds, maximum of nine for Philippines Track and Field (with Poll)

Article by Pirie Enzo

At the last SEA Games, the Philippine Athletic Community held their heads in their hands. The Philippines had a poor final performance of a mere three gold medals (one was awarded after the Malaysian 4x400m Team was disqualified when one of its members tested positive for a banned substance).

The Question arose where do we go from here to avoid a repeat from happening again?

Fortunately, instead of being a continued performance pattern, this was a huge wake-up call to the organization that something needs to be done, and something needs to be done fast.

Recently more ‘meetings of the minds’ have been happening between Go Teng Kok and coaches from the Athletic community to find an answer to this challenge. By helping fund seventeen of the medalists to Australia and Mr. Jim Lafferty, former head of P&G Philippines, the PSC has even offered to help the sport. Third-Party Organizations such as Run4Change, Hyper sports, Laguna Provincial Government, and Davao Athletics Sports Association have helped and ‘supporting our athletes.’

Combine this with the fact a new batch of Fil-Heritage athletes is emerging to help boost the team and lift locals’ depth in some events.

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PSC Will Fund 17 Priority SEA Games Medalists to Australia

(Sept 29, 2012) PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez sent me this message with his express permission to share this with the Athletic Community.

Andrew, etc.

I had a good meeting with the national team and coach Joseph about the Priority Athletes Program. We have decided to send our SEA games medalists to Australia for training starting in January 2013 (Darwin, Brisbane, or Canberra). It will be a great opportunity to get valuable training in good facilities before the games. There are 17 athletes in all. PSC is paying for all the expenses.

I also approved a line-up of 30 athletes to compete in the Thailand Open on November 2-5. These include some medalists in the last PNG like Keizel, Wenlie, Pach, and Cid. I would like to open this to more athletes on a “pay as you go” basis. If any athletes decide to join and are included in the line-up paying their own way, they win a medal. I will reimburse them for all their expenses—airfare, accommodation, meals.

We want a good team for the SEA games in 2013. And I am here to help. All the Priority Athletes will first go to Baguio for conditioning and training before their trip to Australia. Renovations to convert Phil Sports into a top-quality track facility will begin right after the UAAP. Baguio will follow once this is complete.

Keep up the good work in support of athletics.

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Philippines sports commission logo

Comments

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“We were once a great nation in South East Asia and Asia at Track and Field, now is the time for us to unite towards a common goal, and that is for the betterment of our sport. We must ensure we have our best athletes chosen and best prepared for the challenges ahead at the 2013 SEA Games and 2015 SEA Games, and onwards. Let us build a legacy together, which will be and remembered and continue long after we are gone.”

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I will mainly deal with the topic in the blue; for now, the issue in the red I do not wish to discuss at this point as I need to check with PATAFA in regards to confirm and authenticate the official list of athletes who the PSC has approved to go to Thailand. As I know, some will be self-funded, and the PSC will cover some.

This is excellent news for the sport; in the last few months, the PATAFA, PSC, and various other third-party groups have helped reform and support our Track and Field program. An article will be coming regarding these various organizations soon as promised.

The PSC is willing to help lend a hand in Track and Field’s growth is excellent news for Philippine Sports as Track and Field is a metal-rich sport at SEA Games. The World-Class facilities and sports knowledge from Australia will greatly benefit our Athletes, and they will be able to bring that knowledge back with them to help boost our athletic program when they return.

They are taking the necessary steps to upgrade facilities that are much needed by its sounds.

Might I add I was both impressed and surprised that Mr. Go Teng Kok is taking the lead in actively wanting to help with the sport’s reforms?

This is a link from Pinoymiler with more details about the Meeting for Coaches to discuss issues with Mr. Go Teng Kok with guest speaker Mr. Jim Lafferty the former Head of Proctor and Gamble the Philippines.

This encouragement and sharing of ideas openly are significantly going to boost our National Sports, and these ‘meetings of the minds’ are opening the doors to the athletic community.

So I send this message to the track community and those with yesteryear nostalgia.

SEA Games Criteria according to the PSC

PATAFA coaches had advised me that the PSC/POC will be the ones to decide on the qualification criteria for the SEA Games. Therefore I took the initiative and went to the government bodies to answer.

The PSC/POC has not answered some simple questions I put forward to them for the last two weeks regarding the SEA Games qualification criteria. I posted on their website, on their Facebook group and sent them emails. These were my questions.

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1) What will be the qualification criteria for SEA Games?

2) When is the Qualification Period?

I also asked another question, which I don’t expect them to know straight away.

3) Where and when is the PNG being held?

Without a concrete response statement from the PSC/POC, any information listed below is now pure speculation. The PSC/POC must relay this information, so there are no miscommunication/selection issues between the PSC/POC, PATAFA, and the Athletic community.

The Philippines in the past has gone off the bronze medal standard, and a visit to the Singapore Athletics Association Website shows me they already have standards in place made available to the general public.

This proves that the Sports Association has already made it clear to the NSA what is required. Rather than leaving this matter to the last minute of preparation. This table, prepared below by our good buddies in the New Singapore Athletics Management Team, shows the Singaporean Selection Criteria.

Going off the below logic (awaiting PSC Statement), the Philippines has ten athletes qualified and one relay team 4x400m Mens. All four runners in the men’s team combined on seasons best times have exceeded the 3.14.90 required bronze standard with a total time of 3.12.80 is not even considering the rolling starts factor.

Archand Bagsit and Marestella Torres are the only two athletes who have surpassed the gold medal standard. A complete list is available for download here.

**Update I received a reply from the PSC a few days ago (response in italics)

The PSC is not the group that accredits athletes for international competition. We are a funding agency. The decision to send to the SEA Games is up to the NSA (PATAFA) as determined by the coaches, who are then endorsed to the POC.

This clarifies that the PSC is not involved in the selection process. Therefore conclude the POC sets the standards as guidelines, and it is up to PATAFA to submit the initial lineup, which the POC can approve. If the PATAFA presents a lineup that is ‘more along the lines of what the POC requires, then for sure more athletes, in theory, should be approved.

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DELEGATION ARCHIVES

Fil-Heritage athlete, Jess Barnard Bronze medal at SEA Games steeples, sets a New National Record

2013 FINAL ATHLETES & COACHES LINE-UP

2013 SEA Games Delegation

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Blast from the Past 2013 SEA Games Criteria according to the PSC (from 2012)

PATAFA coaches had advised me that the PSC/POC will be the ones to decide on the qualification criteria for the SEA Games. Therefore I took the initiative and went to the government bodies to answer.

The PSC/POC has not answered some simple questions I put forward to them for the last two weeks regarding the SEA Games qualification criteria. I posted on their website, on their Facebook group and sent them emails. These were my questions.

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1) What will be the qualification criteria for SEA Games?

2) When is the Qualification Period?

I also asked another question, which I don’t expect them to know straight away.

3) Where and when is the PNG being held?

 

Without a concrete response statement from the PSC/POC. Any information listed below is now pure speculation. The PSC/POC must relay this information. There are no miscommunication/selection issues between the PSC/POC, PATAFA, and the Athletic community.

The Philippines in the past has gone off the bronze medal standard, and a visit to the Singapore Athletics Association Website shows me they already have standards in place made available to the general public, which proves to me that the Sports Association has already made it clear to the NSA what is required. Rather than leaving this matter to the last minute of preparation.

This table, prepared below by our good buddies in the New Singapore Athletics Management Team, shows the Singaporean Selection Criteria.

Going off the below logic (awaiting PSC Statement), the Philippines has ten athletes qualified and one relay team 4x400m Mens. All four runners in the men’s team combined on seasons best times have exceeded the 3.14.90 required bronze standard with a total time of 3.12.80 is not even considering the rolling starts factor. Archand Bagsit and Marestella Torres are the only two athletes who have surpassed the gold medal standard. A complete list is available for download here.

**Update I received a reply from the PSC a few days ago (response in italics)

The PSC is not the group that accredits athletes for international competition. We are a funding agency.

The decision to send to the SEA Games is up to the NSA (PATAFA) as determined by the coaches, who are then endorsed to the POC.

This clarifies that the PSC is not involved in the selection process. Therefore conclude the POC sets the standards as guidelines, and it is up to PATAFA to submit the initial lineup, which the POC can approve. If the PATAFA presents a lineup that is ‘more along the lines of what the POC requires, then for sure more athletes, in theory, should be approved.

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2013 SEA Games Report

athletics medal count27th SEA Games – Athletics Statistics Guide

athletics medal count

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Attached is a copy of the 27th 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw Myanmar schedule of events

You can download it here.

MAY 28 27TH SEAGAMES GENERAL COMPETITION SCHEDULE & EVENTS

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LIST OF SPORTS (unofficial list)

The venue of the Opening Ceremonies for the 27th SEA Games: Zabuthiri Stadium for 2013 Sea Games

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The 27th Southeast Asian Games is scheduled to be held in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Myanmar, and two other main cities, Yangon and Mandalay.

The Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council met in Jakarta on 31 May 2010 unanimously agreed to award the Myanmar Olympic Committee the right to host the games’ 27th edition.

The Olympic Council of Asia’s official website also approved that Myanmar will host the 27th Southeast Asian Games. Hence in its news launched on 7 June 2010. ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)’s official website also announced that Myanmar would host the games.

Also, Myanmar had already hosted the Games in 1961 and 1969, respectively, in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar. While this will be the third time that Myanmar will host the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore had withdrawn its hosting rights due to expected delays in completing its new national stadium.

The venue of the Opening Ceremonies for the 27th SEA Games: Zabuthiri Stadium for 2013 Sea Games

 

UNOFFICIAL SPORTS EVENTS IN 2013 SEA GAMES (2013 SEA Games Report)

 

1 athletics

2 aquatics

3 archery

4 badminton

5 basketball

6 billiard and snooker

7 boxing

8 canoeing

9 cycling

10 football

11 golf

12 hockey `

13 judo

14 karate

15 Rowing

16 yachting

17 sepak takraw

18 shooting

19 table tennis

20 taekwondo

21 volleyball

22 weightlifting

23 wushu

24 tennis

25 chess

26 bodybuilding

27 petanque

28 traditional boat race.

SEA Games 2013 Sports & By Events and medals as of January 23

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BUDGET OF OTHER COUNTRIES FOR SEA GAMES

In US Dollars

Brunei $82.27 Million

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/03/22/mcys-proposes-budget-over-103m

Malaysia $112.65 Million

Malaysia budget

2013 SEA Games Schedule for Athletics Updated

2013 List of SEA Games Qualifiers

SEA Games Team for Athletics

With the SEA Games underway, the centerpiece athletics event will unfold between December 15 to 19.

24 Athletes in athletics will represent the Philippines.

1 ULBOC, CHRISTOPHER JR.,1500, 3K Steeples
2 SERMONA, LORALIE AMAHIT Hammer
3 SANTOS, KATHERINE KHAY Long Jump
4 HERRERA, RENE 3K Steeples
5 MARAYAG, BENIGNO Long Jump, Triple Jump
6 NIERRAS, JULIUS FELICISIMO4x400m Relay
7 OBIENA, ERNEST JOHN Pole Vault
8 GUARTE, MERVIN 800,1500m
9 FRESNIDO, DANILO Javelin
10 FERRERA, Arniel Hammer Throw
11 DEL PRADO, ISIDRO JR.4x400m Relay
12 BANO, JUNREY400 Hurdles
13 SUNANG, ELIEZER DECENAShotput
14 BUENAVENTURA, RIEZEL REYESPole Vault
15 CID, JESSON RAMILDecathlon
16 PANIQUE, ERIC SEGOVIA Marathon
17 VILLARITO, ROSIE Javelin
18 CRAY, ERIC SHAUWN BRAZAS 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles
19 ALEJAN, EDGARDO JR.400m, 4x400m relay
20 ATIENZA, NARCISAHeptathlon
21 DAGMIL, HENRY CLARIDAD Long Jump
22 BAGSIT, ARCHAND CHRISTIAN 400m, 4x400m relay
23 RUIZ, Tyler High Jump
24 Barnard, Jessica1500m, 3K Steeples

Day 1 Report:  Gold for Dagmil and Bagsit

Dagmil takes his third SEA Games title

SEA Games veteran Henry Dagmil wins his third SEA Games title in the Long Jump 2005,2007,2013

Henry Dagmil established himself as one of Filipino Track and Field’s greats. While now a veteran of the sport at 32, Dagmil regained the title he lost 6 years ago in a stunning victory on the first day of the athletic meet.

Henry Dagmil, the 2005 and 2007 SEA Games Champion, stunned his opponents with a 7.80m leap to claim his third SEA Games title in the Long Jump. Hence the 32-year-old silenced his critics when he surprised the younger and much more highly fancied Supanara of Thailand. At the same time, Supanara took the last two titles away from Dagmil in 2009 and 2011. Yet Supanara (Thailand), who had the best leap this year of 7.75 compared to Dagmils pre-meet best of 7.41, took silver with a 7.71m leap. At the same time, Phan Van Lam (Vietnam), who had a season’s best of 7.73m, was third in 7.53m.

Ninoy Marayag, the other Filipino in the event, finished fourth. At the same time, Dagmil, who attended the Beijing Olympics, holds the Filipino Record at a 7.99m set in 2007.

Photo Credit: PATAFA

Athletics Men’s Long Jump FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result   Remarks
1 324 PHI HENRY DAGMIL 7.80 -2.1  
2 119 THA SUPANARA SUKHASVASTI NA AYUDHAY 7.71 -1.7  
3 514 VIE VAN LAM PHAM 7.53 -1.3  
4 310 PHI BENIGNO MARAYAG 7.38 -1.1  
5 515 VIE VAN MUA NGUYEN 7.35 -0.7  
6 118 THA ATTHAPOL PRAJAMMOON 6.99 -0.2  
7 704 LAO SOMPONG VONGPHAKDY 6.96 -0.5  
8 021 MYA HTUN LATT 6.68 -0.3  
9 020 MYA KYAW HTET AUNG 6.48 -0.7  

Medal List

 

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
GOLD 324 PHI HENRY DAGMIL 7.80  
SILVER 119 THA SUPANARA SUKHASVASTI NA AYUDHAY 7.71  
BRONZE 514 VIE VAN LAM PHAM 7.53  

 

1-2 for the Philippines in the 400m Mens

Years of hard work pay off for Archand Bagsit as he continues the legacy of Filipino SEA Games champions in the 400m. Photo Credit: Pinoyheadline.com

Archand Bagsit followed Isidro Del PradoRomeo Gido,  Ernie Candelario, Jimar Aing, and Julius Nierras to reclaim the Philippines’ Mens 400m title. While the last time the Philippines won was Nierras six years ago.

Hence Bagsit, who had improved his best time this year to 47.11, clocked 47.22 to win the 400m Final. He was most noteworthy in this event two years ago in Palembang behind Heru (Indonesia). Simultaneously, it was Bagsit training partner Edgardo Alejan who had the fastest time this year of 46.96. Yet Alejan took the silver in 47.45. And Edy Ariansyah (Indonesia) took the bronze in 47.78. While his teammate, the defending champion Heru Astrianto faded to sixth in 48.75.

Athletics Men’s 400m FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 302 PHI ARCHAND CHRISTIAN BAGSIT 47.219  
2 301 PHI EDGARDO JR ALEJAN 47.448  
3 207 INA EDY ARIANSYAH 47.778  
4 104 THA SRIKHARIN WANNASA 47.823  
5 406 MAS MOHAMAD ARIF ZULHILMI ALET 48.221  
6 206 INA HERU ASTRIYANTO 48.749  
7 405 MAS KANNANTHASAN SUBRAMANIAM 48.844  
8 502 VIE TRONG HINH LE 49.215  

Medal List

 

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
GOLD 302 PHI ARCHAND CHRISTIAN BAGSIT 47.219  
SILVER 301 PHI EDGARDO JR ALEJAN 47.448  
BRONZE 207 INA EDY ARIANSYAH 47.778

Arniel takes Silver, as James Wong SEA Games streak comes to an end.

Also, Arniel Ferrera retained his silver medal with a throw of 61.15m. At the same time, Tatipong Phetchaiya, who works as a teacher, came back after not been seen much this season to defend his SEA Games title in 62.25m. Yet Arniel had previously thrown a 63.02m in training leading up to this event and defeated Phetchaiya at the Thailand Open.

Athletics Men’s Hammer Throw FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 127 THA TANTIPONG PHETCHAIYA 62.23 GR
2 313 PHI ARNIEL FERRERA 61.18  
3 422 MAS WONG SIEW CHEER JACKIE 59.75  
4 126 THA KITTIPONG BOONMAWAN 54.79  
5 423 MAS MICHEAL SUNG DAK SIA 52.72  
6 029 MYA AUNG MYO MIN 45.65  
7 028 MYA SOE THU 39.99  

Medal List

 

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
GOLD 127 THA TANTIPONG PHETCHAIYA 62.23  
SILVER 313 PHI ARNIEL FERRERA 61.18  
BRONZE 422 MAS WONG SIEW CHEER JACKIE 59.75

Legends of the Sports James Wong (Singapore, discus 9) and Jennifer tin lay (Myanmar, shotput 9)

both tie sea games record for individual events. Over 20 years of dedication went into these medals.

(Photo Credit: James Wong)

While 45-year-old SEA Games legend James Wong (Singapore) has been SEA Games Discus Champion since 1993, he finished fifth with a throw of 50.82m behind his much younger rivals. Yet Wong, who has 10 golds in total, 9 in Discus and one in the hammer, was going for his tenth individual gold medal. At the same time, Malaysia won the event with 53m.

While in the Women’s Pole, Vault Riezel Buenaventura, the fourth SEA Games on count-back, collected the bronze with a 3.80m leap. Hence She finished behind Asian Bronze medalist Chumchumdee (Thailand), who leaped a new personal best of 4.21m, and Le Phuong (Vietnam), the silver medalist in the 2011 SEA Games 4.10m.

While Rosalinda Samsu (Malaysia), who won the last four editions of this event, has since retired.  Also, Riezel personal best is 3.90m set at the last SEA Games; Fil-Heritage athlete Deborah Samson set the Philippine Record of 4.11m in 2007.

Athletics Women’s Pole Vault FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 160 THA sukanya CHOMCHUENDEE 4.21 GR
2 538 VIE THI PHUONG LE 4.10  
3 320 PHI RIEZEL BUENAVENTURA 3.80  
4 159 THA NANTHAKA RAKSAWAI 3.50  
  054 MYA HNIN   YEE   WAI NM  

Medal List

 

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
GOLD 160 THA sukanya CHOMCHUENDEE 4.21  
SILVER 538 VIE THI PHUONG LE 4.10  
BRONZE 320 PHI RIEZEL BUENAVENTURA 3.80
 

 Day 2 Report: Narcisca within range Elma Record

Narcisca Atienza taking a splash in the sand on Day 1 of the SEA Games Heptathlon (Photo Credit: PSC)

While 34-year-old SEA Games veteran Narcisca Atienza equaled her silver medal performance from Palembang from two years ago when the Heptathlon’s second day came to a close.

Yet It was defending SEA Games Champion Wassana Winatho of Thailand who, in the meantime, had helped herself to the Asian Championship title earlier this year. Winatho won with 5556 points.

While Narcisca was a credible second with 5241 points in difficult weather conditions, just over one hundred points away from Elma Muros National Record of 5346 points in the Heptathlon, Thai Sunisa Khotseemueang took bronze with 5152 points.

While it was a challenging year for Narcisca, who was sidelined with injury most of the year and was not able to finish the Heptathlon at the Asian Championships in Pune, yet Narcisca almost did not qualify for the SEA Games but at the last qualifying meet in Thailand, she registered a performance good enough to please the selectors. While during the meet, Narcisca had a personal best of 14.82 in the Hurdles, which is the leading performance this year for a Filipina athlete in that event.

Wunna Theikdi Stadium Athletics

Women’s Heptathlon

HEP

SUN 15 DEC 2013

Start Time

Medallists

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

GOLD 152 THA WASSANA WINATHO 5556

SILVER 323 PHI NARCISA ATIENZA 5241

BRONZE 168 THA SUNISA KHOTSEEMUEANG 5152

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Panique bags a Silver, Marathon thoughts

Soaked in the hot Myanmar heat Eric Panique exhausted after the Men’s Marathon. (Photo Credit: PSC)

While our other medal on the second day came from Eric Panique, yet the Men’s Marathon was won in a slow 2h28.36 by Singapore’s Ying Reng Mok. Mok had run 2h26.30 earlier in the year. Thaung Aye (Myanmar) 2h29.50 (2h27 earlier this year), and the third was Eric Panique 2h30.30.

While at the recently completed Milo Marathon in Manila last week, 35-year-old Eduardo Buenavista ‘Vertek’ won in a time of 2h27.14, which was faster than the gold medal-winning time from the SEA Games. Hence the PATAFA had nominated Eric Panique and Irineo Raquin for the SEA Games Men’s Marathon as they had qualified within the period set by the task force, both clocking 2h30.21 at the Milo Eliminations.

While Buenavista was omitted as he did not participate in qualifying meets from January until September in Marathon for SEA Games as this was the criteria; hence the task force eventually removed Raquin and decided just to send Panique.

While Buenavista should be allowed to compete at the Hong Kong Marathon in February as he is currently ranked #1 out of the Filipino Marathoners and make this an opportunity to reach the qualification for the Asian Games.

Hence, the PSC-POC task force has not set definite criteria as this will be decided after SEA Games. However, the hint is it could be a gold medal at SEA Games or surpass Gold Medal, which would put Buenavista time in the qualifying bracket.

Athletics Men’s Marathon FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 608 SIN YING REN MOK 2:28:36  
2 017 MYA THAUNG AYE 2:29:50  
3 308 PHI ERIC PANIQUE 2:30:30  
4 912 CAM KUNIAKI TAKIZAKI 2:32:54  
5 215 INA NIKOLAS ALBINUS SILA 2:33:32  
6 018 MYA SOE NAING 2:35:15  
7 216 INA YAHUZA YAHUZA 2:36:32  
8 609 SIN LIEW WEI YEN ASHLEY 2:42:55  
9 911 CAM VIRO MA 2:44:33  

The other athlete removed by Taskforce was Mary Grace Delos Santos from the SEA Games Women’s Marathon lineup; at the recent Milo Marathon, Delos Santos ran 2h54 for second place, while Mary Joy Tabal won in 2h48.00. And won the SEA Games in 2h45 with a third being 2h49 and the second 2h46. Tabal, who was excluded from the training pool after the PNG, would have placed third.

However, her performance was late, so she never was in contention for the SEA Games selection. Still, it was a significant improvement under her coach Philip Duenas from 3h05 to 2h48 in a year. Delos Santos would have finished fourth at the SEA Games based on the Milo Marathon results.

 Athletics Women’s Marathon FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 529 VIE THI BINH PHAM 2:45:34  
2 049 MYA MYINT MYINT AYE 2:46:07  
3 048 MYA PAPA 2:49:01  
4 902 TLS JUVENTINA NAPOLEAO 3:06:55  
  232 INA MERI MARIANA PAIJO DNF

Loralie and EJ Obiena finish outside medals.

Loralie Sermona (Photo Credit: PSC)

While Loralie Sermona, the 2011 SEA Games bronze medalist, finished fourth in the women’s Hammer Throw. Yet Big improvements came from her opponents Panwat Gimsrang improved nearly 2 meters on her personal best while Kelly and Koomphon improved about 50 cm each. At the same time, 32-year-old Sermona, who holds the national record of 50.55m from the Asian Games, faced an adamant set of opponents and finished fourth with a credible 50.26m.

Athletics Women’s Hammer Throw FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 165 THA PANWAT GIMSRANG 54.96  
2 437 MAS RENEE KELLY LEE CASIER 53.12  
3 164 THA MINGKAMON KOOMPHON 51.82  
4 321 PHI LORALIE SERMONA 50.26  
5 058 MYA M SOE ZAR 41.75  
  438 MAS NURFAZIRA JALALUDIN NM

While National Junior Record Holder 18-year-old Ernest John Obiena also faced a strict set of opponents in the Men’s Pole Vault. Even, Obiena was playing at his first SEA Games landed fourth. While Thai Kreetha Sintawacheewa defended his SEA Games title and equaled his season’s best with a leap of 5.15m again, Also Sintacheewa’s best is 5.24m. Iskandar Alwi (Malaysia) proved his 5.01m earlier in the year was no fluke when he gained silver with 5.10m, and SEA Games veteran and silver medalist Sompong (Thailand) got the bronze with 5.00m.

While it was a tough competition for EJ, who leaps 4.90m for fourth (just outside his national junior record of 4.95m set at Ateneo) as it was the first time in SEA Games history the bronze medalist had leaped 5.00m, which shows Pole Vault is fast improving in South East Asia. While Fil-Heritage athlete Caleb Monticalvo (PB of 5.10m) was eyed as a strong chance in this event, they could not secure a Filipino passport, so they did not participate.

Athletics

Men’s Pole Vault

FINAL

MON 16 DEC 2013

Start Time 14:00

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 128 THA KREETA SINTAWACHEEWA 5.15

2 419 MAS ISKANDAR ALWI 5.10

3 122 THA SOMPONG SAOMBANKUAY 5.00

4 311 PHI ERNEST JOHN OBIENA 4.90

5 610 SIN ZI QING SEAN LIM 4.80

5 517 VIE VAN HUYEN VU 4.80

7 217 INA HENRI SETYAWAN 4.80

8 611 SIN SHENG YAO CHAN 4.60

9 024 MYA HTUN HTUN LIN 4.40

10 023 MYA MYO MIN PING 4.40

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Women’s 4×100 could have been a chance.

 

While the task force also decided to decline the inclusion of the Women s 4×100. Yet in Thailand, Santos, Griffey, Loquinto, and Rosales had run 46.63 off 2 days of training. Simultaneously, and proposed a new relay team of Santos, Griffey, Kyla, and Kayla Richardson for the SEA Games.

Also, Considering Kyla and Kayla had run 11.79 and 11.93 this year instead of Rosales and Loquinto, who had registered times this year of 12.41 and 12.49. Hence it automatically gives a faster time of 1.18 seconds, which is 45.45, not factoring in changes. While Considering Thailand, Rosales took off early from Loquinto due to limited passing practice before the event (around .2-.3 seconds).

Athletics Women’s 4×100m Relay FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 147 THA PHATSORN JAKSUNINKORN 44.42  
  145   NEERANUCH KLOMDEE  
  146   TASSAPORN WANNAKIT  
  169   NONGNUCH SANRAT  
2 542 VIE THI PHUONG MAI 44.99  
  523   THI NGOC THAM NGUYEN  
  540   THI QUYEN DO  
  522   THI HUONG VU  
3 226 INA LUSIANA SATRIANI 45.88  
  227   TRI SETYO UTAMI  
  221   NIAFATUL AINI  
  228   NI NYOMAN KERNI  
4 045 MYA TIN   ZAR   MOE 47.82  
  039   AYE   AYE   THAN  
  037   SU    KYI     AUNG  
  035   LAI   LAI   WIN  
  430 MAS ZAIDATUL HUSNA ZULKIFLI DQ  
  429   KOMALAM SHALLY SELVARETNAM  
  442   ZAIDATUL HUSNIAH ZULKIFLI  
  431   NURUL FAIZAH ASMA MAZLAN

 

Day 3 Athletics Report: Cray 400 Hurdles Gold

Eric Cray wins the 400 Hurdles at the SEA Games, the third gold for athletics.

Cray ends a 28-year drought in Mens 400 Hurdles.

Fil-Heritage athlete Eric Shauwn Cray lived up to his promise, ending the countries 28-year gold medal drought in the Mens 400 Hurdles at the SEA Games.  Yet the Olongapo-born Cray cruised comfortably through heat 1 in the morning qualified the fastest in 52.81s with a lot of speed left in the bank.

While in the final, as soon as the gun sounded, there was never a doubt Cray led all the was,y and albeit .5 seconds off his National Recor,d he did enough to win comfortably in 51.29, three strides behind were Andrian (Indonesia) 51.74 with SEA Games 2011 Champion Xuan Caong Dao close third in 51.79Inin the fin, the other Filipino, Junrey Bano, finished sixth in 53.85 (some 2 seconds off his personal best time).

Most noteworthy was that Cray had tried to contact the PATAFA for over a year regarding trying out for the National Team. Hence, before I worked for the PSC, I investigated Cray’s performances and found exceptional performances. While Cray then contacted me via my website, pinoyathletics asking for assistance.

Hence I then informed the PATAFA where Mr. Silva Netto requested that Cray provide a Filipino Passport and would need to break the National Record again for it to be accepted. Hence Cray presented this to us and was convinced to run for the Philippines.

The 25-year-old Cray from El Paso, Texas, while studying at the University of Oklahoma, had broken the 30-year-old National Record of Renato Unso with a time of 50.74. At the same time, Cray’s best time was 50.46 before acquiring a Filipino passport last year. 

Hence the next step for Cray was the National Games. While it was with Commissioner Gomez’s help, Cray was able to attend the National Games. Therefore Cray joined the Run for Change team supported by Atty Eric Pasion. While at the National Games, Cray added the 110 Hurdles national record, winning the final in 14.17. Consequently, Cray could not participate in his prime event, the 400 Hurdles, due to an upset stomach.

Hence Cray was then selected by the PATAFA for the Asian Champs in Pune, India. While he made the final of the 400 Hurdles but could, ot warm-up due to ‘issues beyond his control’ with transportation to the stadium, he had to pull out of the race. Yet Cray also attended the world champs in Moscow, where he reran American Bershawn Jackson.

Also, Cray is the fourth Filipino to win the SEA Games 400 Hurdles. Jaime Grafilo 1981, Renato Unso 1983, and Leopoldo Arnillo 1985.

Wunna Theikdi Stadium Athletics

Men’s 400m Hurdles

FINAL

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 15:10

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 306 PHI ERIC SHAUWN CRAY 51.29

2 213 INA ANDRIAN ANDRIAN 51.74

3 510 VIE XUAN CUONG DAO 51.79

4 412 MAS MOHAMED BAIHAQI RAZLAN 52.96

5 113 THA NARONGDECH JANJAI 53.29

6 307 PHI JUNREY BANO 53.85

7 509 VIE ANH TU NGUYEN 53.99

413 MAS MUHAMMAD FIRDAUS MUSA DNF

Cid Looking possible for Philippines Fourth Gold

While Jesson Ramil Cid took out the first event in a comfortable new PB of 10.85 in the 100m, Cid, who is now training under coach ‘Boar’ Sean Guevarra, comes indirectly chance at an unexpected gold. Cid also ran 48.37 in the 400m (just outside his PB set in the decathlon in Thailand open in 2013 of 48.05).

Also, Cid, who was expected to finish behind his Vietnam competitor Van Huyen the SEA Games champion who opted to compete in the Pole Vault instead (finished 6th), now can claim the countries fourth gold medal in athletics at the 2013 SEA Games. In contrast, former SEA Games hold the National Record, champion Fidel ‘Toto’ Gallenero at 6963 points (Cid scored 6961 at the 2012 Thai Open).

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Guarte retains Silver in 800m

Consequently, what will go down more like a slow technical race? While Mervin Guarte ran a very technically difficult race and finished second behind Jironi (Malaysia). Jironi (Malaysia), an SEA Games veteran, finally won the gold medal in a time of 1.50.98. Guarte finished second in 1.51.51, 2011 SEA Games champion Van Thai Duong took bronze in 1.51.62. Guarte retained his silver medal from Palembang two years ago.

Athletics

Men’s 800m

FINAL

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 15:35

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 408 MAS MOHD JIRONI RIDUAN 01:50.98

2 303 PHI MERVIN GUARTE 01:51.51

3 504 VIE VAN THAI DUONG 01:51.62

4 105 THA YOTHIN YAPRAJAN 01:51.91

5 407 MAS KESAVAN MANIAM 01:52.24

6 106 THA SITTHIPORN SUNGTONG 01:54.20

7 910 CAM SAMORN KIENG 01:55.79

8 005 MYA KYAW LAUN AUNG 01:57.33

9 701 LAO HACKDY PHENGPHANSENCHITH 01:58.79

006 MYA KYAW ZIN OO DNF

(if anyone has a video of this race would be appreciated for analysis)

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Other Events for the Philippines

Also, Rene Herrera opted not to run the 5000m saving his ‘Calve strength’ in defending his 3000m Steeple Chase. 2009 SEA Games Champion 41-year-old Danilo Fresnido finished fifth in a powerful field throwing 66m. In contrast, Thai Peerachat Jantra defended his SEA Games title with a 76m throw.

(official results not available yet)

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Other Sprint Events

Also, The Men’s 100m crowns went to 20-year-old Thai Jirapong Meenapra, the fastest man in South East Asia in 2013 in a time of 10.48, Indonesian National Champion Iswandi took silver in a close 10.51, and Amirudin of Singapore bronze in 10.55. 2011 SEA Games silver medalist Gary Yeo who is coming off an injury, faded to 5th in 10.70.

Athletics

Men’s 100m

FINAL

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 14:40

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 102 THA JIRAPONG MEENAPRA 10.48

2 202 INA ISWANDI ISWANDI 10.51

3 601 SIN MUHAMMAD AMIRUDIN JAMAL 10.55

4 203 INA SAPWATURRAHMAN SAPWATURRAHMAN 10.65

5 602 SIN FOO EE GARY YEO 10.70

6 501 VIE VAN HUYNH NGUYEN 10.75

7 401 MAS EDDIE EDWARD JR 10.75

8 101 THA APHISIT PROMKAEW 10.76

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SEA Games 100m title #4 for Vu Thi Thuong

While in the Women’s sprints, 27-year-old Vu Thi Thuong (Vietnam), 2005,2007,2009 SEA Games champion, regained her SEA Games title in a time of 11.59. Also, 2001 and 2003 champion Orannut Klomdee who had led the rankings for 2013 before SEA Games, won the silver in 11.85, and Tassaporn Wanakit of Thailand took bronze in 11.91.  Hence this will make it easier with the bronze standard going from 11.73 to 11.91; for sure, the Philippines will have at least two women running faster than that by SEA Games 2015.

Heats Reviews

While in the Men’s 100m events, favorite 20-year-old Jirapong Meenapra took out the first heat in 10.56 from Indonesian national champion Iswandi 10.68 with Gary FOO Yeo, the SEA Games silver medalist from 2011, also getting through in 10.81.

Athletics

Men’s 100m

Round 1, Heat 1

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 09:20

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 102 THA JIRAPONG MEENAPRA 10.56

2 202 INA ISWANDI ISWANDI 10.68

3 602 SIN FOO EE GARY YEO 10.81

4 402 MAS MOHD AZHAR MD ISMAIL 10.91

5 001 MYA NAY AUNG 11.59

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Athletics

Men’s 100m

Round 1, Heat 2

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 09:30

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 203 INA SAPWATURRAHMAN SAPWATURRAHMAN 10.64

2 601 SIN MUHAMMAD AMIRUDIN JAMAL 10.67

3 101 THA APHISIT PROMKAEW 10.72

4 501 VIE VAN HUYNH NGUYEN 10.73

5 401 MAS EDDIE EDWARD JR 10.77

6 002 MYA LIN ZAYAR NAUNG 11.39

While Looking at the heats of the women’s 100m.  Heat 1 was won by #1 season leader Orannut Klomdee (Thailand) in 11.85, Klomdee won the Thai Open in 11.82. The second was Zulkifli (Malaysia), the second in the Thai open clocked 12.13. Defending SEA Games Champion Serafi Unani pulled up bad in 13.96 and was eliminated from the heats. Klomdee,35, is a veteran of many SEA Games and is the 2001 and 2003 SEA Games champion.

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Athletics

Women’s 100m

Round 1, Heat 1

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 09:40

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 145 THA NEERANUCH KLOMDEE 11.85

2 430 MAS ZAIDATUL HUSNA ZULKIFLI 12.13

3 523 VIE THI NGOC THAM NGUYEN 12.17

4 035 MYA LAI LAI WIN 12.42

5 913 CAM SEYHA CHAN 12.75

6 225 INA SERAFI UNANI 13.96

While 2005,2007,2009, SEA Games Champion Vu Thi Thuong, who has not run this year due to injury, took the fastest time to qualify to finals. Hence the 27-year-old looks set to reclaim her SEA Games title.  Also, Tassaporn Wanakit (Thailand) 3rd in the Thai Open was second in 11.93, and Singaporean National Record Holder 17-year-old Shanti Pereira was third in 12.04.

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Athletics

Women’s 100m

Round 1, Heat 2

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 09:50

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 522 VIE THI HUONG VU 11.75

2 146 THA TASSAPORN WANNAKIT 11.93

3 618 SIN VERONICA SHANTI PEREIRA 12.04

4 036 MYA KAY KHINE LWIN 12.20

5 226 INA LUSIANA SATRIANI 12.23

6 429 MAS KOMALAM SHALLY SELVARETNAM 12.31

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I would like to add that judging on these results; we had three Filipina-Heritage sprinters Kayla Richardson (11.79, 15 yrs old), Kyla Richardson (11.93, 15 yrs old), and Princess Joy Griffey (12.10 off 1-month training and PB 11.58 from 2009) who would have figured in the final.

Hopefully, they can continue to improve. The task force will be more considerate of their selection as we now have a good group of female sprinters coming up to challenge the aging veterans of Thailand and Vietnam.

While at the Thai Open, Griffey (12.10) finished fourth behind Klomdee (11.82), Zulkilfili (12.01), and Tassaporn (12.03), all of who featured at SEA Games 2013, she was able to beat Shally (PB 11.82), the second Malaysian athlete entered in this event.

Final Predict Vu (Vietnam), Klomdee (Thailand), Tassaporn (Thailand)

Filipino National Record Holder, Asian finalist, and SEA #1 for 2013 Eric Cray won his heat easy in 52.81. Heat 2 had the #2-4 in it, the SEA Games champ from Vietnam, Andrian of Indonesia, and Junrey Bano.

Athletics

Men’s 400m Hurdles

Round 1, Heat 1

TUE 17 DEC 2013

Start Time 10:00

Results

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks

1 306 PHI ERIC SHAUWN CRAY 52.81

2 509 VIE ANH TU NGUYEN 53.41

3 413 MAS MUHAMMAD FIRDAUS MUSA 53.95

4 113 THA NARONGDECH JANJAI 54.99

5 014 MYA KYAW MYO MIN 56.39

6 703 LAO SOMBOUNE CHANSOMBAT 57.95

Day 4 Report: FEU Boys Ulboc and Cid Strike Gold in Athletics

SEA Games Decathlon Gold Medalist Jesson Ramil Cid (right) with his coach ‘Boar’ Sean Guevarra

While Two FEU athletes who came from very humble beginnings both took gold medals on Day 4 of the athletics in Myanmar. They both caused a major surprise to the team by winning gold medals in their first SEA Games.

Consequently, the new ‘Ironman of South East Asia’ reached new heights under Coach Sean Guevarra’s guidance. In 2013 Cid went in as a medal chance, surprised by taking out the gold. The other SEA Nations had no answer as Cid won easily with 7038 points for the gold medal and a new national record.

21-year-old Jesson Ramil Cid, who last year at the Thailand Open, was 2 points away from Fidel Gallenero national record of 6963 with 6961

Cid had recorded a personal best of 10.85 in the 100 along the way.

Coach Sean would like to acknowledge the previous coaches of Cid and Coach Jojo Posadas, Coach Andaya, and thank Coach Arnold Villarube for his input into Cid’s training.

23-year-old Christopher Ulboc had a roller coaster of a ride this year in the 3K Steeple Chase, running 9m05 at the National Games to lead the SEA Rankings whole year. Also, Ulboc registered times from 9m25 to 9m33 in Vietnam and Thailand, which led many to question its consistency. Consequently, in a relatively slow SEA Games final, Ulboc put it all together in the race that really mattered, winning the gold in a new PB of 9m01. While Five-time SEA Games gold medalist 34-year-old Rene Herrera finished just outside the medals in 9m09, Herrera, whose Calve injuries have plagued, ran his first race in over a year.

In conclusion, Ulboc now adds to the very proud legacy we have in the Men’s Steeple Chase, following Begeo, Buenavista, and Herrera’s footsteps. While hopefully, it is the first of many SEA Games titles.

Ulboc is the 2013 SEA Games Champion in the Steeplechase

In the other events, the other medal came from Fil-Heritage women Steeple-Chaser Cebu, born Jessica Barnard. Barnard, who was introduced to me by Jeffrey Paneda and Sarah Vitug, holds a personal best time of 10 mins 22 in the steeplechase. After researching, I advised Barnard to acquire a Filipino passport as her performances were outstanding. Barnard only just managed to obtain her passport before the deadline.

While Barnard took the bronze in her event, clocking 11.04.84 (and cannot uphold her previous times as she did not hold a Philippine Passport then).  Also, she broke the previous national record of 11.10 set by Jessa Mangsat in the Thai Open in September of this year.

Fil-Heritage athlete, Jess Barnard Bronze medal at SEA Games steeples sets a New National Record.

While the third of the three Fil-Heritage athletes, Tyler Ruiz, was far from his personal best of 2.17m registered in June. Tyler registered 2.09m for fourth place in the Men’s High Jump; the winner leaped 2.19m, and second and third were 2.13m. Also, Kath Santos, the bronze medalist at the last SEA Games in Long Jump, ended up fourth with 5.93m, Rosie Villarito, the 2009 SEA Games Champion, finished fourth in Javelin with 48.00m.

Day 5: Gold for Men’s 4x400m Relay

 

My Friends win the men’s 4x400m relay team gold for the Philippines.

While the team clocked 3.09.32, which, although behind its time in Thailand, of 3.08.07 was enough to hold off the Thai’s 3.09.81  and Malaysia 3.15.06 Congratulations to coaches Lerma Buluitan and Ernie Candelario.

Two years ago, in Palembang, the Philippines crossed the finish line second behind Malaysia. Consequently, one of the Malaysian runners was disqualified as he later failed two consecutive drug tests. Simultaneously, the gold was stripped and awarded to the Filipino Team. While the then same lineup except for Junrey Bano instead of Isidro Del Prado. The Malaysian Olympic Committee has still not sent back the Philippines’ rightful medals for the 2011 SEA Games.

In what was a tiresome last day for the Philippines, he fourth places from Mervin Guarte at 3:58.43, unable to get close to his SEA Games Silver Medal and national record 3:47.

A photo finish saw SEA Games 2011 800m Champion Van Thai Duong (Vietnam) and Mohd Jironi Riduan (Malaysia) the new 800m champions dead heat in 3:58.02. Ridwan (Indonesia), the defending 1500m champion, was very close in third in 3:58.37, with Guarte fourth in 3:58.43. A slow yet very tactical race with a hairline between first and fourth.

Athletics Men’s 1500m FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 504 VIE VAN THAI DUONG 3:58.02  
2 408 MAS MOHD JIRONI RIDUAN 3:58.02  
3 208 INA RIDWAN RIDWAN 3:58.37  
4 303 PHI MERVIN GUARTE 3:58.43  
5 105 THA YOTHIN YAPRAJAN 4:00.94  
6 910 CAM SAMORN KIENG 4:03.73  
7 304 PHI CHRISTOPHER JR ULBOC 4:05.76  
8 407 MAS KESAVAN MANIAM 4:05.90  
9 008 MYA MAUNG CHAT 4:06.77  
10 701 LAO HACKDY PHENGPHANSENCHITH 4:10.00  
  007 MYA CHAN MYAE AUNG DNS  

Also, Fil-Heritage athlete Jessica Barnard was the bronze medalist in the Steeple Chase, finished fourth of four runners in 4:42.31 in the 1500m, well outside her personal best 4:32.54.

While National Record Holder Eleazer Sunang had a complex set of opponents and registered fourth with 16.72m, just 2km away from his national record set in Thailand.

Athletics Men’s Shot Put FINAL

Rank Bib NOC Name Result Remarks
1 124 THA THAWAT KHACHIN 17.54  
2 420 MAS ADI ALIFFUDDIN HUSSIN 17.10  
3 123 THA MR CHATCHAWAL POLYIAM 16.85  
4 312 PHI ELIEZER SUNANG 16.72  
5 026 MYA DE YE WU 13.91  
6 025 MYA THEIN ZAW MYO 13.02

 

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