Pinoy tracksters win nine medals in Singapore meet

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The national athletics team bagged four golds, four silvers and one bronze in the 76th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships held at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

Former Asian champion Marestella Torres led the squad as she dominated the women’s long jump event in 6.45 meters, beating Noor Ami Mohamad Nafiah of Malaysia (6.14m) and Chanmi Bae of South Korea (6.00m).

Filipino-American Eric Shauwn Cray also made his presence felt by topping the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 51.60 seconds. Malaysian bets Muhammad Firdaus Musa (53.85) and Muhammad Firdau Mazalan (54.12), settled for second and third.

Cray also secured a silver in the 100m dash (10.66 seconds).


Reigning Southeast Asian Games titlist Christopher Ulboc ruled the men’s 3,000m steeplechase in 9:16.51 while Ahmad Luth Hamizan of Malaysia pocketed the silver in 9:34.22 and Nabin Parajuli of Singapore earned the bronze in 9:59.26.

The fourth gold was delivered by Archand Christian Bagsit in the men’s 400m dash when he submitted a winning time of 47.77 seconds.

Edgardo Alejan Jr. made it a 1-2 finish for the Philippines as he secured the silver medal in 47.79 seconds and relegated Japanese Souchiro Kawase to the third spot (48.08).

Philippine record holder Ernest John Obiena took home a silver in the men’s pole vault (5.20m) while the quartet of Bagsit, Alejan, Julius Nierras and Isidro del Prado Jr. wound up second in the men’s 4x400m relay (3:11.67). Former SEA Games record holder Henry Dagmil got the lone bronze (men’s long jump).

The Philippines finished third overall behind South Korea (11-6-1) and Japan (4-6-9). Vietnam ended up fourth (4-0-2) followed by Myanmar (3-4-1), Sri Lanka( 3-2-0), Malaysia (2-6-3), Taiwan (2-2-0), Thailand (2-1-3), Hong Kong (2-1-0), Laos (1-0-1) and Kuwait (1-0-0).

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