Two-time Southeast Asian Games champion Christopher Ulboc won the gold medal in the men’s 3,000m steeplachase at the start of the Philippines’ campaign in the 2016 Thailand Track and Field Championships being held at the Thammasat University Sports Complex in Bangkok.
Ulboc, who ruled the event in the 2013 Myanmar and 2015 Singapore SEA Games, registered a time record of nine minutes and 13.04 seconds to claim the top honors.
His teammate Immuel Camino secured a 1-2 finish for the Philippines by winning the silver medal in 9:24.14. Sanchai Namkhet of Thailand (9:32.22) and Sajeewa Lakmal of Sri Lanka (9:41.15) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Singapore SEA Games silver medalist Mervin Guarte settled for silver in the men’s 1,500m run with a time of 3:56.01.
This time, Lakmal claimed the top spot with 3:55.56 while Yothin Yaprajan of Thailand finished third with 3:56.49 and Heo Hang-gyu of South Korea fourth with 4:00.20.
Not as lucky was Melvin Calano, who missed a podium finish in the men’s javelin throw.
He posted 64.55 meters; good for fourth place behind reigning SEA Games champion Peerachat Jantra of Thailand (73.84m), silver medalist Ken Arai of Japan (67.17m ) and bronze winner Abdul Hafiz of Indonesia (65.46m).
University of Southern California graduate Bryan Mercado finished seventh overall (10.78 seconds) in the men’s 100m dash dominated by Daichi Nagowa of Japan (10.52), Hadi Sudirman of Indonesia (10.57) and Bundit Chuangchai of Thailand (10.60).
Veteran campaigner Archand Christian Bagsit will be gunning for gold in the men’s 200m dash.
EMIL C. NOGUERA