The Filipino tracksters copped five gold, three silver two bronze medals in the 2017 Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships held in Tseung Kwan O in Hong Kong.
Janry Ubas once again proved his worth after topping the men’s long jump event by virtue of his 7.67-meter showing, beating Hong Kong bets Chang Ming Lai (7.50m) and Wong Kan (7.25m), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
National mainstays Archand Christian Bagsit, Eliza Luzon, Katherine Santos and Patrick Unso also secured gold medals in their respective events.
Bagsit dominated the men’s 200m dash in 21.71 seconds to outclass Taiwanese sprinters Li Chao Hsuan (22.21) and Li Yili (22.48) while Unso reigned supreme in the men’s 110 hurdles in 14.02 seconds.
Luzon pocketed the women’s 200m dash crown with a time of 24.78 seconds, edging Hong Kong’s Chen Ka Yi (26.55) and Julian Rueven (26.79) while Santos ruled the women’s long jump in 6.06m.
Bagsit then joined forces with Anfernee Lopena, Patrick Unso and Trenten Beram in winning the 4x100m relay silver in 39.96 seconds.
They erased the Philippine record of 40.29 seconds registered by Lopena, Beram, Jomar Udtohan and Filipino-American Eric Shauwn Cray during the 2017 Philippine Athletics National Open in March in Ilagan, Isabela.
But it’s still far from the gold-medal standard of 38.99 seconds owned by Thailand in the Southeast Asian Games as well as the silver-medal norm of 39.24 of Singapore and bronze-medal mark of 39.32 of Indonesia.
The other podium finishers were silver medalists Edgardo Alejan Jr. (men’s 400m run) and Luzon (women’s 100m) as well as bronze medalists Clinton Bautista (men’s 110m hurdles) and Michael Del Prado (men’s 400m run).
Meanwhile, Ernest John Obiena bagged a silver in the 22nd International Meeting in Velenje Slovenia. He submitted 5.50m, surpassing the SEA Games gold-medal standard of 5.30m.
“With his recent 5.50m performance, EJ is now the runaway favorite to win the pole vault gold medal in the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association President Philip Ella Juico.