SEA Games Athletics Events Philippines never won a gold in (Updated 2017)
SEA Games Athletics Events Philippines never won a medal in Male (Updated 2019)
This now has been dramatically updated after the last 2 SEA Games.
SEA Games Athletics Events Philippines never won a medal in now updated for the year 2017. Since this was written on November 30, 2013. With new crops of athletes, the list of non-gold events in athletics for the Philippines was 16 in 2015, 14 in 2017 and now 12 in 2019.
Below is a list of events we have never won a gold medal in for Men’s Events
The Philippines has been part of the South East Asian Games since 1977, prior to that the event was established in 1959 as the South East Asian Peninsula Games which was limited to fewer nations.
It’s important to note in Men’s 100m and 200m. The comparative progress of the Philippines male sprinters has dropped further and further behind international standards. I’m not referring to the times because as Technology and training methods improved the Philippines times have gradually come down. I mean the ranking compared to the best in the world.
(I will highlight this in a chart by Tony Benson soon)
While in the 1920s Fortunato Catalon and David Nepomuceno were ranked as high as the top 10 in the world. While at a time when they had to transition from the then event standard of 100 yards (about 91m) to the long and now international 100m dash. Catalog and Nepomuceno were many times champions at the Far East Asian Games often defeating Japanese sprinters (who are now a power in Asia). They were also champions over 200m at this level.
Clinton Kingsley Bautista also became the first gold medalist in the 110 Hurdles. Prior to that, the best place was Patrick Unso who took bronze in 2015. The 110 Hurdles has come along away with the national record changing from 14.75 to 13.91 since 1997.
We still enjoyed success with golds in the 4x100m relay twice at the Asian level and medals in the 100m and 200m. However, by the time the SEA Games started in 1977 and onwards we had already fallen behind our South East Asian neighbors with the gap continuing to grow. A National Record and Bronze Medal in the 4x100m with 39.11 in 2017 was probably the closest we ever got to the Gold won by Perennial Champions Thailand in 38.90.
The highest placing at the SEA Games of the Philippines was in Manila in 2005 when they got the silver medal after one team was disqualified.
Another event we failed to win at was the High Jump again in the early part of the century we had Simeon Toribio who even won bronze at the Olympic level. And also Andres Franco who was even the Asian Games Champion. At SEA Games level the best we have got is 2 Silvers from Fil-Heritage Luis ‘The Juice’ Juico and Sean Guevara (1 silver). Tyler Ruiz who was has a best of 2.17m from 2012, switched to Long Jump. The Malaysian Jumpers dominate the SEA Games with 2.30m and 2.28m leaps.
Another event in which we have never won a SEA Games Gold was in the Men’s Triple Jump. Although veteran Joebert Delicano had delivered a medal every time he played at the
SEA Games and will probably go down as our most consistent athlete in this event in SEA Games History. Mark Harry Diones who was able to break Delicano national record, win a Silver at Bronze at Beach Games, Silver at Asian Championships.
Was only able to land Silver at the SEA Games. Defending Champion Hakimi who he had beaten the whole year was able to get the better in front of the home crowd. Hakimi has now defeated Diones of the Philippines 3 consecutive SEA Games in a row.
We also have never won any medal in Shotput which is dominated by the Thais.
EVENTS WE HAVE NEVER WON GOLD AT SEA GAMES LEVEL
- High Jump
- Triple Jump
- 4x100m Relay
Female Athletics Events we never won a Gold medal in at SEA Games (Updated 2019)
While we have a proud history in the women s sprints, there are several events in women also we have never won at SEA Games level. We can proudly, however, say Filipino Women have been more successful in track events than their male counterparts. Filipino women have won every track event from the 100m to Marathon, Hurdles.
Despite its proud sprint history at SEA Game the Philippines has never been able to win the women’s relay events. Perhaps we have never had since sea games began an emphasis on relays and relied more on individual speed in the women’s events whereas countries such as Thailand put far more emphasis on passing the baton and were able to emerge victorious with a team which had less overall speed.
It’s ironic nowadays we have more field eventers at SEA Games level, and only one female athlete in a track event in 2013. **Updated 2017 there is still the urgency to increase the numbers of women in the Track and Field Program.
The High Jump and Pole Vault are events in which we have never won a gold medal at SEA Games level. The closest was Fil-Heritage vaulter and National Record Holder Deborah Sampson who won a silver at the 2007 SEA Games. Riezel Buenaventura the current top women’s vaulter in the Philippines is likely to emulate Sampson silver medal feat at SEA Games as she is ranked a convincing second.
While we have an almost 30-year streak in the Women’s Long Jump we have never won the Women’s Triple Jump and it is not likely to happen in the near future as the best Triple Jumpers are nearly 2 meters ahead of our best.
Likewise in the Women’s Shotput and Discus we never have won at SEA Games level.
Despite our best ever Discus thrower Josephine De la Vina being the 1966 Asian Games and 1973 Asian Champion. We have also never won the Women’s Hammer. Javelin is the only female throwing event we have won with Lavandia winning four Javelin titles. More recently Rosie Villarito (2009) both have won one SEA Games title each in the Javelin.
EVENTS we have never won Gold medals in
- Triple Jump
- High Jump
Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
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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