The Philippine Athletics team scratched and clawed their way into the 3rd day of the 2011 SEA Games (2nd day of athletics), and in the process, brought home 4 silvers, 1 bronze and 2 new national records. The two records are courtesy of two teeners – one 18 and one 19 year old.
Men’s 110m high hurdles: Patrick Ma. Unso, son of Gintong Alay protegee Renato Unso, placed 6th in the finals with a new National Record of 14:58s. Thailand’s Jamras Rittidet won the gold with a timeof 13.77s. Earlier in the heats, the 18-year-old Patrick submitted a time of 15.05s to get the 8th and last berth for the finals.
Women’s 1o0m high hurdles: Veteran Sheena Atilano settled for 5th place with a 13.85s effort. Thailand’s Wallapa Punsoongne won the gold with a 13.51s mark. Sheena earlier registered 13.98s in her round 1 heat to qualify for the finals.
Men’s 10,000m: Julius Sermona placed 5th with a disappointing 32:25.14. What is even more disappointing was Eduardo Buenavista’s DNF. Buenavista isthe defending marathon champion and the current SEA Games record holder of the 10,000m at 29:19.97 set in 2003. Indonesia’s Agus P won the gold with a time of 30:10.43.
Men’s 400m: Archand Christian Bagsit settled for a silver with a time of 47.71s. He yielded to Indonesia’s Heru T (47.53s). Second Pinoy finals entry, Julius Nierras, checked in 5th with a mark of 48.62s.
Men’s 1500m: San Sebastian’s Mervin Guarte surprisingly battled his way to silver with a new national record of 3:47.65. Erasing the 18-year-old record of 3:49.00 of the legendary Hector Begeo. The 19-year-old lad actually was just .02 seconds off the gold medal effort of Indonesian veteran Ridwan (3:47.63).
Men’s Shotput: National record holder Eliezer Sunang threw the steel ball at 16.36m to settle for 4th place. Thailand’s ChatChawal Polyiam shattered the Games record with a heave of 17.74m.
Women’s Javelin Throw: Defending champion Rosie Villarito lost her title and settled for 2nd place with a throw of 47.35m. Thailand’s Natta Nachan easily won the gold with a throw of 48.80m. Rosie’s effort was 2 meters short of her winning throw in 2009 of 49.69m.
Men’s Long Jump: 2007 SEA Games champion Henry Dagmil leaped 7.78m to settle for a silver medal. Young protege Benigno Marayag clawed his way into 3rd place with a final jump of 7.61m, edging a Vietnamese by .06m to snatch the bronze. Thailand’s Supanara Sukhasvas won the gold with a 7.86m effort, missing Dagmil’s Games record of 7.87m by .01 meters.
Photocredits: PATAFA Multiply / International University Sports Federation