The Philippines earned two gold, four silver and three bronze medals in athletics competition of the 2016 Asean University Games held at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore
University of Santo Tomas’ Elbren Neri and Far Eastern University’s Marylyn Avila delivered the country’s gold medals after topping their respective events in the multisporting tournament for student-athletes.
Neri ruled the men’s 800m run in one minute and 52.69 seconds, beating Malaysian bets Keesavan Maniam (1:53.49) and Putra Azrul Syazw Azman (1:55.09), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
For her part, Avila reigned supreme in the women’s 400m hurdles as she crossed the finish line in 1:02.22, leaving Jutamas Khonkham of Thailand in second with 1:02.44 and Saidatul Izatti Suhaimi of Malaysia in third with 1:02.61.
Winning silver medlas were Louielyn Pamatian in women’s 800m run (2:17.57), Jomar Angus in men’s 3,000m steeplechase (9:41.49), Evalyn Palabrica in women’s javelin throw (44.40 meters) and Janry Ubas in men’s long jump (7.50 meters).
The bronze medalists were Joida Gagnao (women’s 3,000m steeplechase), Sarah Dequinan (women’s javelin throw), Clinton Bautista (men’s 400m hurdles) and Kenny Gonzales (men’s javelin throw).
The Philippines also secured two bronzes in the volleyball competition as men and women’s Ateneo de Manila University varsity team won their respective battled-for-third matches.
The Blue Eagles swept Singapore, 25-15, 25-19, 25-18, while the Lady Eagles posted a thrilling five-set victory also against Singapore, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-7.
MARY GRACE C. DELA CRUZ