UST trackster bags gold in Bangkok championship

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University of Santo Tomas standout Karen Janario led the country’s one-gold, one-silver, one-bronze medal haul in the 11th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships held at the Thammasat University Sports Complex in Bangkok, Thailand.

Janario, the reigning century dash champion in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, secured the lone gold medal of the Philippines in the tournament as she ruled the women’s 200-meter dash.

She crossed the finish line in 25.43 seconds to beat silver medalist Thi Mu Tien Huynh of Vietnam and bronze medalist Kedmanee Janyamitri of Thailand, who registered 25.51 and 25.54, respectively.

Janario added one silver by finishing second in the 100m hurdles in 14.77 seconds.


This time, Huynh topped the event with a time of 14.23 second while Padta­mawan Riyaphan of Thailand grabbed the bronze with 14.88.

Batang Pinoy multi-gold medalist Feiza Jane Lenton contributed one bronze she got in the women’s 800m run.

Lenton checked in at two minutes and 21.37 seconds behind eventual champion Thi Thuy Pham of Vietnam (2:14.93) and second-placer Sukumai Panphiboon of Thailand (2:18.91).

Lenton wound up fifth in the 1,500m run (5:20.23).

The other members of the team were Gianelli Gatinga, who placed seventh in the women’s long jump (5.21m), and Ve­ruel Verdadero (23.66) and Joselito Hapitan (24.15), who ended seventh and eighth in the men’s 200m dash.

Malaysia took the top spot in the medal board with 13 golds, eight silvers and eight bronzes followed by Thailand (10-15-15), Vietnam (6-11-3), Singapore (5-0-1), Indonesia (3-3-3), Philippines (1-1-1), Myanmar (0-1-3) Laos (0-1-0) and Timor-Leste (0-0-1).

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