2020 Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon

Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon no longer Gold Standard for Olympic Qualification

Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon no longer Olympic QF.

Firstly From the Meet Organizers 

My Questions

  1. Can I ask if this event pushing through?
  2. Did I hear it’s virtual?
  3. And if it’s virtual, doe sits still have a gold standard for Olympic qf?

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Answer Singapore Chartered Marathon via Facebook

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Hey there! This year, SCSM 2020 will adopt an alternative race format to replace the traditional road-race, comprising virtual and possible physical components that are being explored and dependent on gathering regulations.

The race will allow runners to safely take part in the race (with no road closures or major stakeholder disruptions) and virtually, and still look forward to the signature finisher experience – complete with a finisher photo for runners to celebrate their accomplishments. Planning for the race is still ongoing, and more details will be shared soon.

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Me

Obviously, if it’s virtual, it no longer has a gold standard for hopeful Olympic qualifiers to ensure the accuracy of the measurement.

Unless someone certified by the IAAF will be sent to measure courses set up properly in different locations.

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Organizers

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Christine Hallasgo
Christine Hallasgo won the Milo Marathon title earlier in the year, improving her PB to 2h52

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Article from Manila Standard (link to the original article at bottom)

Recently crowned Southeast Asian Games marathon champion Christine Hallasgo is getting ready to see action again.

After spending months in lockdown in her home province, Hallasgo will fly to Singapore in the first week of December to participate in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.

How can she fly there? At best, she will end up with a 2-week quarantine in a hotel?

Seeking to get past the Olympic qualification time of two hours, 29 minutes, and 30 seconds will be her goal when she takes part on Dec. 6.

With the Womens Marathon already, 69 of 80 women in the qualifying period (3 per country rule already applied have qualified for the Olympic Games.

So only 11 slots are left.

The qualifying period for the marathon and the 50 km race walk occurs from 1 January 2019 to 5 April 2020 and from 1 December 2020 to 31 May 2021.

It’s not unlikely that at least 11 will go over that. Forcing Hallasgo to have to hit 2h29.30, which is way beyond anything she has ever done with her PB at 2h52.

Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association chief Philip Ella Juico confirmed this yesterday in a huddle with scribes on Zoom during the weekly program of TOPS Usapang Sports.

“Inaantay na lang namin ang kanilang rules and regulations, and protocols that will be observed by the organizers,” said Juico. (as of October 13, 2020)

The Organizers clearly say otherwise (as of October 16, 2020) regarding the Gold status and possibly even the likelihood this will end up being a virtual run.

Since August, Hallasgo has been adjusting to difficulties after returning to training in her hometown in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

There is no track oval in her hometown, but Hallasgo can still do daily running activities.

No Track Oval in Bukidnon only Road and Mountains.

Hallasgo’s brother is joining her whenever she goes out to run along an isolated roadway in Malaybalay.

Juico said Hallasgo has a great chance among Philippine-based athletes to make podium finishes and make podium finishes in the SEA Games and the Olympics.

She is already SEA Games Champion, but I’m not sure if Juico ever quoted she had an Olympic Medal Chance? Maybe just worded wrongly here.

Last December, Hallasgo clocked 2:56.56 in winning the women’s marathon event of the 2019 SEA Games.

She then went on run 2:52.23

Since they are not going into crowded areas, Hallasgo said she could run without a face mask.

Last June, Hallasgo returned home after spending two weeks in quarantine in Metro Manila.

Since then, she is being guided online by her coach Eduardo Buenavista on how to restart her efforts on endurance activities.

Good job from Buenavista; I really got some good results in SEA Games. Hopefully, he follows in the footsteps of his great Coach, Mario Castro.

Hallasgo went through an ordeal in going back home to Bukidnon.
TRUE Got stranded at Ultra as per our interview on Pinoyathletics.

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