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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 is this event pushing through?
  2. I heard its virtual?
  3. And if its virtual doe sit still have gold standard for olympic qf?


Answer Singapore Chartered Marathon via Facebook

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

The race will allow runners to take part in the race safely (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.



Obviously if its virtual it no longer has a gold standard for hopeful olympic qualifiers as no way of ensuring accuracy of the measurement. Unless someone certified by the IAAF will be sent to measure courses setup properly in different locations.



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


Article from Manila Standard (link to 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 take part 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.

Its not unlikely that atleast 11 will go over that. Forcing Hallasgo to  have to hit 2h29.30 which is simply way beyond anything she has ever done with her PB at 2h52.

Philippine Athletic 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 she got back to training in her hometown in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

There is no track oval in her hometown, but Hallasgo she is still able to 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 im 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 onto run 2:52.23

Since they are not going into crowded areas, Hallasgo said she is able to 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 his coach Eduardo Buenavista on how restart her efforts on endurance activities.

Good job from Buenavista really got some good results in SEA Games. Hopefully he follows in the foot steps of his great Coach Mario Castro

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


By Andrew Pirie

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. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here https://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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