The national track and field squad won a silver and bronze medals in the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships 2013 at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore.
Former Palarong Pambansa standout Ernest John Obiena took the silver in the men’s pole vault as the 18-year-old cleared 4.75 meters. Taiwanese Hsieh Chia-Han won the gold with 5.20m showing and Vietnamese Nguyen Vu Van was third with 4.60m.
Ernest John’s father and coach, Emerson wound up 10th overall (4.20m).
“It was a coaching strategy. Emerson competed just to give guidance to his son. He’s not there to win medal but to at least give some tips since coaches are not allowed entering the playing field,” said Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association technical director Joy Santos.
Christopher Ulboc took the bronze in the men’s 1,500m run. His time 3 minutes 57.37 seconds is a shade faster than his personal best of 3:57.87.
Fonseka H. Ktharaka of Sri Lanka dominated the field with 3:55.26 while Kim Jun-su of South Korea ended up second with 3:56.37.
In men’s long jump, Benigno Marayag placed fifth (7.09m) behind gold medalist Yuhi Oiwa of Japan (7.86m), silver medalist Dissan Milantha Sampath of Sri Lanka (7.76m) and bronze medalist Noval of Indonesia (7.59m).
In the men’s high jump, Rey Cris Capistrano cleared 2 meters to finish sixth. Japanese Hikaru Tsuchiya won the event with 2.17m.
EMIL C. NOGUERA