SEA Games Record Holder Marestella Torres was unlucky to narrowly miss out on a medal in a very closely fought Womens Long Jump competition.
Torres who trained and competed in Germany most of the season had registered a wind aided 6.61m at Haldensleben Germany and holds a personal best of 6.68m in Laos. Aswell as being the ruling SEA Games and Asian Champion was fancied as a heavy favourite for the gold in Guangzhou at the Asian Games.
She jumped a seasons best 6.49m on her first jump, but later fouled the remaining five jumps which ended up costing her a medal of any colour. Yuliya Tarasova of Uzbekistan snatched the bronze away on countback as her second best jump was 6.42m.
1. Jung Soon Nook, Korea, 6.53m
2. Olga Rypakova, Kazakstan, 6.50m
3. Yuliya Tarasova, Uzbekistan, 6.49m
4. Marestella Torres, Philippines, 6.49m
On the plus side Torres was well clear of here SEA Rivals as they all failed to clear over 6.00m.
Steeple Chaser Rene Herrera finished 8th in 9.02.93, shy off his seasons best he set at the Malaysian National Open a few weeks back 9.00.53 and again was unable to crack the 9 minute barrier this year. A seasons best would have bumped Herrera upto 7th spot. Herrera personal best is 8.47.14 established at the Thai Nationals in Bangkok in 2005. If he had ran this it would have moved him upto 6th spot. So it was a very tough field for Herrera with Middle Eastern Nations dominating with African imported athletes.
Full results can be found here
Herrera photo by (November 22, 2010 – Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images AsiaPac)