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38 Year old Marestella Torres win Pre-SEA Games Meet (October 2019)

Marestella Torres Oly wins the Women’s Long Jump in 6.20m. However May Long Jump Parinya of Thailand 6.17m and Ngoc Ha 6.09m. Both registered Seasons Bests (6.12m) and (6.05m) assuming they used a wing gauge in this event? (If so will need to update the 2019 SEA Rankings

Torres who is 38 years old now, double the age of the 19-year-old Ngoc Ha of Vietnam. With Maria Natalia Londa LONDA!!! of Indonesia (6.68m on Aug 4) the 2015 SEA Games Champion and 2014 Asian Games Champion and Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam (6.37m on 16 Sep) the 2018 Asian Games and 2017 SEA Games Champion.

Ngoc Ha is the 4th ranked Vietnamese behind Bui, Mong Mo (6.27m), and Thi Men (6.24m). Vietnam obviously has a lot of depth and talent coming through in the years to come.

In the meantime the grand old dame of Phi Athletics Marestella. We strongly believe she will land a Top 3 finish at the SEA Games with her strongest challenges coming from Londa who is the favorite at this stage and Bui who is coming off an injury.


Rio Olympic Wrapup: Marestella Sunang

Aug 20, 2016

Marestella Sunang

In her third and possibly last Olympic Games. (she will be 39 in 2020 in Tokyo). Marestella Sunang (nee. Torres) registered a leap of 6.22m Torres registered 6.22 on her first leap and was unable to beat it with 6.10 and 6.15 on her next two jumps. While it was a far cry from the 6.72 she had leaped in Kazakhstan. Which was a new SEA and Philippine Record and had ensured her late qualification over the 6.70 standards to enter Rio.

Maria Londa of Indonesia
Maria Londa of Indonesia


Torres ended this Olympics 28th of 38 entries. While SEA Games Champion Maria Londa of Indonesia was slightly better with a 6.29m leap placing 25th, but still far from her Gold winning leap at SEA Games of 6.70m. Consequently, Tianna Bartoletta (USA) was the eventual winner with a leap of 7.17m ahead of Brittney Reese who leaped 7.15m.

And then there where three Marestella Sunang Dramatic Last Minute Qualification for Rio 2016

Jul 6, 2016

Torres 6.72m
Torres 6.72m

Marestella Torres-Sunang one week before the close of the Rio Qualifications on July 11. Dug deep and delivered the greatest performance of her athletic career. While at the age of 35, the mother of one set a career-best of 6.72m which was also a National Record, South East Asian Record, and Rio Olympic qualifier (6.70m).  So this feat was done at the Kazakhstan Open in Astana on July 4 where she captured the gold.

Also according to PATAFA President Philip Juico, the wind reading was +0.8 well below the legal limit of the IAAF qualifying standard of 2.0. While Juico said, however, they will just wait for confirmation from the IAAF to ensure that Marestella will be in the list lined up for Rio. And she would join Eric Cray (400 Hurdles) and Mary Joy Tabal (Marathon).

“The wind was recorded at +0.8, well below the legal limit of 2.0 meters per second,” Juico told BusinessMirror. “It’s a legal jump and she has surpassed the Rio mark.”

Marestella previous best was 6.71m set in 2011 at the SEA Games. And Torres once confirmed by IAAF will have qualified for three Olympic games. For Track and Field, this puts her with the same feat as Josephine Dela Vina (Discus) 1964,68,72 and Hector Begeo (3K Steeples) 1984, 1988, 1992.


Marestella registered the 6.72m on her 6th jump after fouling her fourth and fifth. While it was windy and rainy in Astana but this didn’t hinder Torres. Furthermore, the rain, the anxiety of a last-minute qualifying, and the fact that age was not really on her side meant added to the climax. Consequently, a dramatic twist when Tabal hit the standard and Torres lost her wild card spot. While she fought back with a career-best at the grand old age of 35. Along with Tabal and Eric Cray she has qualified for the Olympics.

Clear signs she is far from done despite the odds put up against her continuing to push the boulder up the hill. Ernest Obiena also has a strong chance to qualify in the Pole Vault he is currently competing in Europe. While his best is 5.55m at the Singapore Open, and he needs 5.70m by July 11 to book a ticket to Rio.

Marestella Torres Sunang! bashes out 6.60m

Apr 7, 2016

Marestella Torres

35-year-old Marestella Sunang (nee. Torres) showed no signs of slowing down. Hence with a surprise leap of 6.60m to take the gold in the women’s long jump at the 2016 Philippine National Open Championships in Pasig.

This mark puts Marestella only 10 centimeters away from the Rio Olympic Qualifying mark of 6.70m. While Torres is now the closest to the Olympic qualifying in the athletics women’s for the Philippines. And Her personal best of 6.71m which is the South East Asian Record was set at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia. Torres joined the national team as a teenager back in 1999, and her only pause was to give birth in early 2014.

Torres most recent performance at the SEA Games in 2015 was a bronze medal with a leap of 6.40m. While 6.60m rates among one of the best jumps in her long career. And it places her first in South East Asia for the first few months of 2016.

Also, Noor Shahidatun Nadia Mohd Zuki of Malaysia was second with 6.24m, and Kirthana Ramasamy was third with 5.80m.

Marestella Torres

Marestella Torres medal would be the first for Philippines Track and Field in 20 years at Asian Games

Sept 1, 2014

Marestella Torres on her way to a 6.46m seasons best now going for Gold at the Asian Games.
Marestella Torres on her way to a 6.46m seasons best now going for Gold at the Asian Gam

If Marestella Torres lands a medal the women’s Long Jump at the Asian Games it would be the first medal the Philippines has won in 20 years. It was at the very same event in Hiroshima edition, that Elma Muros Posadas took the Bronze with a 6.41m leap.

If she takes it one further and lands the elusive gold it would be the first gold medal for Philippines Track and Field since sprint queen Lydia De Vega defended her 100m title in 1986.

Looking at the stats Marestella who is rapidly on the comeback trail has a PB of 6.71m, set in the 2011 SEA Games. Also the South East Asian and southeast Asian Games Record.

Going into this competition Marestella is ranked fifth, according to the IAAF Charts for 2014.

Chinese Duo Yanfei Jiang and Minjia Lu of China have both leaped 6.57m and Mayookha Jhony of India 6.56m (PB 6.64m 2010), While Vietnam’s Bui Thi Xuan who finished ahead of Marestella in Vietnam Open has registered 6.47m, while Marestella has seasons best of 6.46m.

Marestella has the best career-best than her younger opponents and will need to draw on this experience.
The winning leaps in the last 3 major Asian Championships were in the 6.50 range, a 6.50 plus jump would secure at least a medal possibly a gold.

Marestella leaps 6.17m at a tryout for Asian Games

Aug 9, 2014

Marestella Torres with Pirie Enzo. Still proud of Ate Mariz. Photo Credit: Isidro Del Prado Jr.

Former Asian Champion, Olympian, and 5x Asian Games Champion Marestella Torres recorded a season’s best leap of 6.17m at the Phil Sports Complex on Saturday Morning. And the 33-year-old, mother of one fell short of the Asian Games fifth-place mark of 6.37m required by the POC/PSC Taskforce. While the deadline of the Incheon meet organizers is August 15

Cheered on by about 50 present which including POC Chairman Tom Carrasco and POC Sec-Gen Romansata Magat, as well as manager and mentor Jim Lafferty and PATAFA President Dr. Philip Ella Juico. Hence Marestella registered 5 of her 6 jumps. She leaped 6.08m, 6.03m, 6.00m, 5.85m, 6.17m, and then fouled the last jump.

The 6.17m improved on her seasonal best performance from Hong Kong were she leaped 6.15m and a 6.26 (windy) and her last performance in Vietnam were she leaped 6.14m.

Marestella looks like she is coming back into shape and with a few technical improvements here and there should continue to improve this year.

So far this year she is ranked fourth in Southeast Asia behind Bui Thi Xuan (Vietnam) 6.46m (SEA Games Bronze medalist), Maria Natalia Londa (Malaysia) 6.37m (SEA Games Champion) and Thitima Muanjan (Thailand) 6.22m (SEA Games Silver Medalist).

Hildilyn Diaz is also scheduled to perform today in the weightlifting in a special tryout organized by the POC. Hildilyn lifted 224 kg for Silver at the SEA Games, however, it requires a lift of 225 kg today to goto Asian Games.

Official Jeanette Obiena looks on as Marestella lands in the sand. Photo Credit: JNBR
Official Jeanette Obiena looks on as Marestella lands in the sand. Photo Credit: JN TBR

Marestella Torres makes an epic comeback in Hong Kong

Jun 28, 2014

Marestella Torres makes an epic Comeback in Hong Kong Inter-City, good enough for SEA Games, still chasing Asian Games mark.

Marestella Torres showed her timeless pedigree, etching further into Filipino Track and Field history the legacy she has left in the continuation of excellence in the Women’s Long Jump. An event beloved to all Filipino sports fans.

Registering a windy 6.26m (+2.5 m/s wind) leap to win Hong Kong. open Which is very close to the 6.37m she needs to qualify by August 15 for Asian Games. Proving her pedigree the 4x SEA Champion moved to the 2nd best performance this year in South East Asian rankings only behind Indonesia’s SEA Games Champion Maria Londa who won the Malaysian Open in 6.37m.

This best leap of 6.15m of Marestella Torres passed the bronze medal criteria of the SEA Games. Which was 6.14m in 2013? Adding her to the list of 22 in Athletics who have already made it past this mark.(*list to be updated)

Londa finished silver to Torres in the 2011 SEA Games and hopefully, the two will meet up again at the Asian Games in Incheon Korea in September. The 33-year-old mother of one with Shot put National Champion Eleazer Sunang seemed very delighted with the performance.

The excerpt below I received via Jim Lafferty. Lafferty has helped mentor, guide and support

Marestella Torres through her comes back after giving birth.

Marestella Torres made the Philippines proud in her first competition in well over a year, soaring 6.26 meters to win the Hong Kong Invitational today. Torres surpassed 6 meters consistently on every jump, out-dueling leading jumpers from China (silver) and Taiwan (bronze).


“I am so proud of Marestella”, said her coach James Michael Lafferty. “Only5 months ago she was pregnant and far from peak fitness. We only startedtraining less than 4 months ago and through a world-class program and herdedication and drive, here she is winning a major international competitionin her first competition since one year”, Lafferty continued.


Torres’ next competition is in 3 weeks in Vietnam where she will go for a jump of 6.4 meters to qualify for upcoming Asian Games.


“I feel great, I feel light and I am overjoyed at how well I have come backso fast after a long break. I am very confident going into the meet inVietnam and Asian Games”.


Torres on her way to jump 6.26m Photo Credit: Carol Lee
Torres on her way to jump 6.26m
Photo Credit: Carol Lee
6.15+1.5X 6.14+1.3X 6.26+2.56.09+2.76.26

above are the leaps of Marestella

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Julian Reem Fuentes the National Silver Medalist and Palaro Record Holder leaped a season-best of 7.25m to win the bronze in the Junior men’s Long Jump. He has a personal best of 7.29m from the 2012 Palaro.


4 Ateneo athletes also competed at there own expense

  1. Jose Magturo  200m 23.67 4h1 -1.4; 
  2. Miguel ‘Maki’ De Jesus 400 Hurdles 59.12 4h1 q ; 
  3. Micah Perez – 800m Final – 2.04.94 8/9;  
  4. Vanessa Baguwet Shotput 10.36m, 4th

Long jump Queen back in action

June 23, 2014

Torres making a comeback

This Weekend 2009 Asian Champion and 4x SEA Games champion in the women’s Long Jump Marestella Torres makes her return after a year having given birth in January. While the 33-year-old Torres who holds the SEA Record at 6.71m will see action in Hong Kong Inter-City June 28-29. And Torres who is now under a strict training regimen under American Coach Jim Lafferty. Is looking at hitting the 6.37m mark to qualify for the Asian Games in Incheon with the deadline set on August 15.

Also joining Torres will be National Pool long jumper 19-year-old Julian Reem Fuentes who was the silver medalist at the National Games last month. Fuentes who is the Palaro record holder has a personal best of 7.29m (2012).

Completing the athlete contingent will be two unnamed athletes from Ateneo University.

Torres gets American CEO as Patafa ‘godfather,’ coach

Apr 3, 2014

Photo shows (from left) Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association chairman Philip Juico and president Go Teng Kok and Jim Lafferty during a press conference where Patafa officials announce the American CEO and coach will train long jump queen Marestella Torres (right) under the Patafa ‘godfather’ program at Orchid Hotel in Manila. JUN MENDOZA
Photo shows (from left) Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association chairman Philip Juico and president Go Teng Kok and Jim Lafferty during a press conference where Patafa officials announce the American CEO and coach will train long jump queen Marestella Torres (right) under the Patafa ‘godfather’ program at Orchid Hotel in Manila. JUN MENDOZA

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 3, 2014 – 12:00 am

MANIL, Philippines – Long-jump ace Marestella Torres takes the first crack at the “godfather” program the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) and corporate sponsors have arranged for potential Olympic medalists.

Torres, back after suffering a hamstring injury and later giving birth, has received support from American Jim Lafferty, CEO of British American Tobacco and professional athletics coach.

Philippine-based Lafferty is pouring in P1.1 million a year for a long-term, “holistic training program” aimed at whipping Torres into top form for the Rio Olympics.

Lafferty is also talking with other prospective sponsors to encourage them to join this “Adopt an Olympian” program, which seeks to finance 20 athletes with realistic shots at winning in the quadrennial games.

“I love this country, I want it to succeed on a global stage like the Olympics and it breaks my heart to see athletes like Marestella not reach their full potential and the only issue is they haven’t been given enough support,” he said during yesterday’s press conference with Patafa president Go Teng Kok, Patafa chairman Philip Ella Juico, and Torres.

Lafferty is also adopting Torres’ husband, shot putter Eliezer Sunang, in partnership with Diamond Leasing.


Marestella Torres makes a comeback.

Feb 25, 2014

This article was from the Philippine Star written by Joey Villar. The Return of SEA Games Record Holder, Olympian, and four Time SEA Games Gold Medalist. Torres who is one of the most successful Philippine athletes the country has produced hopefully will lead to a revival of women’s athletics in the country.

After returning to Dumaguete to give birth to her first child, a boy who she and husband Eleazer Sunang have named Stohl. Following in the footsteps of Lydia De Vega-Mercado and Elma Muros-Posadas who both took short breaks to give birth before reviving their athletic careers. Like the prior Torres who set high goals, her desire for the sport is still strong.

Looking at the criteria for the Asian Games, according to Singapore Athletics, the qualification for the long jump is 6.36m. Marestella personal best is 6.71m from the 2011 SEA Games. She leaped 6.62m last year during the Asian Grand Prix in Chonburi in 2012. 

Torres at the 2010 Asian Games.
Torres at the 2010 Asian Games.

MANILA, Philippines – Comebacking Marestella Torres is out to regain her old, gold medal-winning form as she tries to reclaim her spot in the national team bound for the 17th Asian Games slated Sept. 19-Oct. 4 in Incheon, South Korea later this year.

Torres, a former Olympian, and SEA Games long jump gold medalist made known her desire to return to action after giving birth last month. She missed last December’s SEAG in Myanmar but her personal best 6.71 meters remains untouched.

But the 32-year-old Torres will need to work double-time to meet the Asiad Task Force’s standards although Asiad chief of mission and Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia believes the former long-jump queen will regain her old form in time.

“She (Torres) has a lot of catching up to do, but there are long jumpers who can get back to competitive form. Given the time. I am sure she will do well,” said Garcia.

For Torres to regain her spot in the national team, she will have to come up with a current time that should be at least inside the top eight in Asia based on the standard set up by the Task Force for non-subjective sports.

Torres, also a World Championship veteran, placed fourth in the 2002 Asian Championships and won a silver medal in the 2005 Asian Championship.

Torres is eyeing to return to training camp in Baguio City where husband and national thrower Eliazar Sunang is also training.  She is also set to see action in this year’s Phl National Games in Manila.

Article by Pirie Enzo

.One of our country’s greatest ever track and field athletes succumbed to the high-level pressures of tough international competition at the Olympic Games. Long Jumper Marestella Torres leap of 6.22m, unfortunately, meant she would not qualify through to the women’s final. A leap of 6.40m was probably well within Torres ability as she holds the SEA Games record with 6.71m. Let’s not forget however this is the added pressure factor of the Olympic Games and anything can happen.

A lot of athletes in the long jump had underperformed including Beijing Bronze Medalist at the last Olympic games Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria whose 6.34m was 2 places above Torres saw her also not advancing to the finals this time. Local favorite Shannon Proctor pleased the crowd qualifying with the best leap of 6.83m.

Torres leaps of 5.98,6.15 and 6.21 (-1.5), (-0.5) (-0.4), while the first jump was a bit of a headwind the next two jumps there wasn’t much wind. Torres finished 11/16 in Group A and 22/32 overall.

This was Torres second Olympic games in Beijing she only reached 6.17m, she has also participated at the world championships level.

Long Jump – W   Qualification Qual. rule: qualification standard 6.70m or at least best 12 qualified.

Group A
07 August 2012 – 19:05
11873Shara Proctor GBR6.83 Q(-0.3).
23095Karin Mey Melis TUR6.80 Q(0.2)(SB)
32897Elena Sokolova RUS6.71 Q(-0.3).
41191Nastassia Mironchyk – Ivanova BLR6.66 q(-0.8).
52869Lyudmila Kolchanova RUS6.57 q(-1.0).
63312Brittney Reese USA6.57 q(-1.3).
72957Ivana Španovic SRB6.41 q(-1.2).
81201Volha Sudarava BLR6.38(-0.9).
92584Blessing Okagbare NGR6.34(-1.1).
101121Bianca Stuart BAH6.32(-1.9).
112636Marestella Torres PHI6.22(-0.4).
122928Ola Sesay SLE6.22(-0.6).
133196Marharyta Tverdohlib UKR6.19(-0.5).
142399Lauma Griva LAT6.10(-1.1).
.1887Maiko Gogoladze GEONM .
.3340Yuliya Tarasova UZBNM .
Group B
07 August 2012 – 19:05
13284Janay DeLoach USA6.81 Q(-1.8).
22407Ineta Radevica LAT6.68 q(-0.4)(SB)
32882Anna Nazarova RUS6.62 q(-1.3).
41784Éloyse Lesueur FRA6.48 q(-0.6).
51197Veronika Shutkova BLR6.40 q(-0.1).
61152Arantxa King BER6.40(0.3).
71245Maurren Higa Maggi BRA6.37(-0.1).
83295Chelsea Hayes USA6.37(0.0).
91651Concepción Montaner ESP6.30(-0.1).
103184Viktoriya Rybalko UKR6.29(-1.7).
111951Sostene Moguenara GER6.23(-2.0).
122775Viorica Tigau ROU6.21(-0.4).
132979Irene Pusterla SUI6.20(2.1).
142997Jana Veldáková SVK6.18(-1.5).
.1432Caterine Ibargüen COLDNS .
.2606Margrethe Renstrøm NORDNS  


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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, 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

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