There was no surprise when two seasoned campaigners claimed golds in there respective events with Former Asian Champion Marestella Torres kicking the season off well with a seasons leading 6.32m, Torres who usually opens with around 6.10-6.20m was very pleased with the performance has was her Coach Joseph Sy.
Another veteran of the sport Rosie ‘Arr’ Villarito staged a dramatic comeback on her 5th row to take the Womens Javelin in 49.21m, Villarito was trailing second with 47.25m on her 3rd throw, behind the Thai opponent who thrown 47.30m. Her 5th throw although short on the angle was truly a sight to behold and crushed the spirit of her thai opponent. Villarito brilliant season lead had her coach Roselyn Hamero delighted as Rosie usually opens her season with around 46-47. Rosie goal is to break the National Record of Geralyn Amandoran 53.75m set at the 2001 Philippine National Open
The surprise silver came from one of the youngest members of the training pool 18 year old 400m Hurdler Josie Malacad. Who improved her personal best of 1.02.9 (hand timed) from the UAAP to 1.02.95 in her semi-final and then finished second to the athlete from Kazakstan in a season lead of 1.02.67. Malacad time is the 2nd fastest ever by a Filipino Junior the record of 1.02.37 of Julie Rose Forbes is in danger at the national open. Malacad training partner Keizel Pedrina finished 6th in the final affter running 1.03.95 to win her heat.
In the mens event Henry Dagmil was unfortunate to have 3 fouls in the Long Jump. Archand Bagsit who missed the 400 due to plane delays, finished 5th in the 200m final in a personal best and season lead of 21.82, the event was won in 21.43.
Robin Tuliao added himself to the list of sub 15 second filipino sprinters and #6 of all time improving his personal best from 15.21 to 14.98 to finish 7th in the final after knocking over the first hurdle.
“I will break the national record next month” said Tuliao reffering to Alonzo Jardin mark of 14.75.
Meanwhile in the 100m Fil-Australian sprinter Andrew Pirie was out in the heats finishing 5th against some top calibre asian sprinters in a time of 11.03. In a 7 heat event featuring 50 athletes from all asian countries excluding just Japan and arab nations the top 16 performers were 10.57-10.83 to qualify for semi finals.