• PH tracksters shine in Singapore tilt

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    The national track and field squad got one silver and one bronze in the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships 2013 held at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore.

    Former Palarong Pambansa standout Ernest John Obiena copped a silver medal in the men’s pole vault by posting 4.75 meters. Taiwanese Hsieh Chia-Han took the gold with a 5.20-meter showing while Vietnamese Nguyen Vu Van placed third with 4.60m

    Ernest John’s father and coach, Emerson wound up 10th overall (4.20m).

    “Emerson’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 contributed one bronze in the men’s 1,500-meter run. He checked in at three minutes and 57.37 seconds, a bit 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).

    Rey Cris Capistrano had a two-meter output to finish sixth in the men’s high jump ruled by Japanese Hikaru Tsuchiya (2.17m).

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