• PH tracksters win 5 medals in Taiwan meet


    The national athletics team settled for three silvers and two bronzes in the 2016 Taiwan Open Track and Field Championship held in Taoyuan City in Taiwan.

    National record holder Ernest John Obiena wound up second in the men’s pole vault competition after registering 5.25 meters, a bit far than his Philippine record of 5.55m he notched in the 78th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships in May.

    South Korean Jin Minsub topped the event with 5.35m while Iskandar Alwi of Malaysia took the bronze with 5.05m.

    Also earning silver medal was former Palarong Pambansa champion Mark Harry Diones, who submitted 15.75m in the men’s triple jump event dominated by Taiwanese Hsieh Chian-Han, who had a close 15.76m performance.

    India’s Arivusclvam Deinvendran bagged the bronze (15.62m).

    The third silver was delivered by Immuel Camino in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase.

    He crossed the finish line in 9:16.84, good enough to pocket the runner-up honors as Taiwanese Chen Peng Hua ruled the event with a winning time of 9:04.99.

    Camino added a bronze in the men’s 5,000m run, checking in at 15.26.88 behind gold medalist Nguyen Van Lai of Vietnam (15:00.91) and silver winner Leng Chu Pei of Taiwan (15:09.87).

    The other bronze came from Evalyn Palabrica, who had a 45.92-meter showing in the women’s javelin throw.

    Taiwanese Chen Liu Qui (52.98m) and Qeng Hsieh (48.34m) competed a 1-2 finish for the host country.

    Last year, the Filipino tracksters won two golds, two silvers and one bronze in the tournament with Southeast Asian Games steeplechase champion Christopher Ulboc and Mervin Guarte winning the two mints.


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