Four-time Southeast Asian Games champion Marestella Torres-Sunang closed out the national masters athletics team’s campaign on a high note by winning gold medal in the women’s long jump (35) in the prestigious 22nd World Masters Athletics Championships held at the Western Australia Athletics Stadium in Perth.
Torres-Sunang notched her winning mark of 6.11 meters on her first attempt to beat silver medalist Melissa Foster of Australia (5.74m) and bronze winner Cristina Paganelli of Italy (5.41m).
Long distance runner Lorna Vejano, on the other hand, settled for ninth place in the women’s marathon (55) after crossing the finish line in 5:22.23.
Monica Regonesi of Chile bagged the gold in 3:26.45 ahead of silver medalist Angelika Hofmann of Germany (3:48.00) and bronze medalist Julie Lorian of Australia (4:20.11).
Overall, the Philippines has two gold and one silver medals in the tournament sanctioned by the International Athletics Association Federation.
Former national mainstay Danilo Fresnido earned the first gold when he ruled the men’s (40) javelin throw via a 62.30-meter performance while former world champion Erlinda Lavandia wound up second in the women’s javelin throw (60) with 30.42m.
Host Australia claimed the overall title with 167 golds, 162 silvers and 142 bronzes while US placed second with 70 golds, 47 silvers and 51 bronzes. The combined team of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ended up third with 44-50-44.