• PH adds 10 more to Asian Masters medal haul

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    The national athletics masters team copped 10 more medals – five golds, three silvers and two bronzes – on the second day of the 19th Asian Masters Athletics Championships being held at the National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

    Veteran campaigner Erlinda Lavandia stamped her class anew, this time in the women’s shot put (60-64) event when she registered 8.10 meters in winning the gold medal.

    She defeated silver medalist Narantsetseg Galsandoj of Mongolia (7.51m) and bronze medalist Manjit Kaur of India (7.42m).

    It was Lavandia’s second gold in the tournament after topping the javelin throw event on the opening day.

    Lavandia, however, settled for second in hammer throw via her 22.68-meter showing.

    Galsandoj pocketed the gold this time with 24.20m while Talluri Rhukmani Devi of India ended third with 21.41m.

    Former Asian champion Marestella Torres, as expected, dominated the women’s long jump (35-39) with her impressive showing of 6.41m and easily beat Japanese Kamijo Wakako (4.78m) and Indian Rachna Sharma (4.58m).

    Middle-distance runner Eduardo Buenavista and Julius Sermona also competed a 1-2 finish in the men’s 10,000m run (35-39).

    Buenavista checked in at 34:38.46 to claim the top honors while Sermona submitted 35:53.86 for second place. Ang Chee Yong of Singapore earned the bronze in 38:41.66.

    Also winning gold medals were Danilo Fresnido in men’s javelin throw 40-44 (63.45m) and Joebert Delicano in men’s triple jump 35-39 (14.03m) while Ma. Jeanette Obiena chipped in one silver (women’s short hurdles 45-49), and Arnel Lobos (men’s short hurdles 55-59) and Nenita Leal (women’s short hurdles 50-54) delivered the bronzes.

    So far, the Philippines has eight golds, five silvers and two bronzes.

    EMIL C. NOGUERA

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