Thanks to our good friend Jad Adrian Washif for compiling this list for us. It serves as a very useful form guide for the upcoming SEA Games which kicks of next weekend. Looking at this list lets look at how many Filipino Athletes are ranked in the top 3 (for this purpose we will only allow 2 athletes per country as this is the rule at sea games, so if there are 3 athletes or more from a country ahead of a Filipino athlete we will not include them in this evaluation). The list is from the period Jan 1 to Oct 31.
Mens 3k steeples – Herrera is favourite ranked first on this list to defend his title and Hernane Sore is ranked 3rd on this list but pritty much the same time as the 2nd placer from Vietnam.
400m Hurdles – Bano is ranked 4th with 52.26 on this list, but his best time of 51.86 in Hong Kong which wasnt counted due to not checking on time puts him 3rd. The leaders from Vietnam have ran 51.68 and 51.69. So Bano is within shouting distance of the gold.
Long Jump – Dagmil is ranked 2nd this year with 7.58, Dagmil who holds a personal best of 7.99, will have to be in the best shape he has been in to really dig deep to be able to overcome his younger Thai Opponent who has jumped 8.05m this season. On the cusp of a possible bronze performance is Benigno Marayag who has been to the sea games before for the Triple Jump, he has jumped 7.49m this year which his life time best. Tucked in 3rd position is a 7.54m jump from another Thai.
Shotput – In the Mens Shotput new national record holder Eleazer Sunang with his 16.56 his tucked in 3rd behind. A Thai at 17.19 and Malaysian 16.63. Sunang is good for atleast the silver but will have to be peaking big time to overcome his Thai Rival.
Hammer – In the Mens Hammer Arniel Ferrera is in danger as the leader from Thailand has thrown 62.15m which is beyond Ferrera personal best of 61.62m and seasonal best of 59.25m. Ferrera has dominated the event since 2003 and has won it 4 times in a row.
Javelin – In the Mens Javelin the ageless Danilo Fresnido is marginally coming 2nd with 67.20m. Fresnido who is 39 has also dominated this event since 2003, and has won 4 times in a row. The season leader is a Thai who has thrown 67.27m. It is very likely that Fresnido will rise to the occassion as he has plenty left to give after he shattered the long standing national record with his winning 72.93m throw last sea games.
The Mens 4×400 of Junrey Bano, Edgardo Alejan, Julius Nierras and Archand Bagsit is leading there sea opponents. Although at this stage its hard to say as alot of the other nations have not put forward there best runners yet. It is unlikely any of these 4 are going to figure in the individual 400m.
Womens 100m/200m – With PJ Griffey left out of the Womens sprint events the Philippines has given away a possible silver medal chance in this event. Griffey holds personal best times of 11.58 and 24.00 respectivelly which is strong enough to be match it with the top sprinters in sea.
Womens Marathon – Jhoanne Banayag the defending champ is sitting in #3 spot in her pet event mere second seperate the top 3 in this event having all registered 2h53.
Womens Long Jump – Another long time champion in this event is Marestella Torres she looks ready to defend her title even with only a jump of 6.38m shy off her personal best of 6.63m. A 3 time winner in this event 2005,2007,2009. Is carrying on legacy calved by Elma Muros and Lerma Buluitan before her.
Womens Javelin – another long reigning champion Rosie ‘Arr’ Villarito is trailing second marginally with 50.30m, her opponent from Thailand having done 50.40. Arr best throw of 50.79, means she can probably overcome this obstacle to defend her title streak.
Womens Heptathlon – Narcisca Atienza is currently sitting in #3 in Heptathlon