The Philippine Athletics Team received the final blows to its once proud team at the SEA Games. Defending marathon champions Eduardo Buenavista and Jhoa Ann Banayag yielded their crowns one after the other as the curtains fall on the athletics show.
Eduardo Buenavista, owner of 2 SEA Games gold medals (2009 Marathon and 2003 10,000m), clocked in 2:29:09, his slowest SEA Games mark, and thus consequently yielded to 2007 Marathon titlist Yahuza Yahuza of Indonesia who timed in a slow 2:27:45.
Eric Panique actually sneaked into second place with a 2:28:26 mark.
Jho Ann Banayag, poured in all her energy in claiming at least a bronze but faltered in the end. She ended up 4th with a 2:50:40 clocking, almost two minutes adrift of 3rd place.
It was a strange women’s race with only 4 finshed, with 3 registered DNFs and one DNS.
Indonesian Triyaningsih, who is ranked number 1 in the SEA Top list of 10,000m as of October, surprised everyone by winning the gold in 2:45:35.
This brings the total athletics medal tally of the Philippines to 2-8-4 (gold – silver – bronze), the worst since Gintong Alay was launched in the 80s.
Below are the final Athletics medal count of the 26th SEA Games (courtesy of Wikipedia):