Its not the worst


SEA Games Federation

The Philippine Athletics Team’s performance at the recent 2011 SEA Games at Palembang, Indonesia was not the worst in the Games history.

The PH Teams at the 1977, 1979 and 1999 SEA Games brought home one (1) gold each courtesy female athletic legends: Erlinda Lavandia and Elma Muros.

It is interesting  to note that after the 1979 and 1999 debacle, Philippine Athletics experienced vast improvements right in the next SEA Games.

The 1981 SEA Games witnessed the unveiling of Project Gintong Alay’s talents, which brought home 8 golds (including 2 each by Isidro del Prado and Lydia de Vega).

While the 2001 SEA Games, saw the unleashing of the so-called GTK’s Army which brought home 7 golds – 6 from new stars, like Eduardo Buenavista, John Lozada and Ernie Candelario.

Are we expecting another renaissance from Philippine Athletics after  the 2011 SEA Games?

Only history can tell.

Below is the list of all Philippine gold medalists in the SEA Games Athletics competition from 1977 to 2011:

1977 SEA Games
1 Erlinda Lavandia Women’s Javelin Throw 45.22m
1979 SEA Games
1 Erlinda Lavandia Women’s Javelin Throw 45.98m

Gov. Keon was the former Director of Project: Gintong Alay. The system which produced PH track legends like Lydia de Vega, Isidro del Prado, Elma Muros, Hector Begeo and Agrifina dela Cruz to name a few

1981 SEA Games
1 Isidro del Prado Sr. Men’s 400m 47.10s
2 Isidro del Prado Sr. Men’s 800m 1:48.78
3 David Carmelo Men’s 10,000m 31:11.77
4 Jimmy dela Torre Men’s Marathon 2:25:50
5 Jaime Grafilo Men’s 400m hurdles 52.19s
6 Lydia de Vega Women’s 200m 23.54s
7 Lydia de Vega Women’s 400m 54.75s
8 Erlinda Lavandia Women’s Javelin Throw 46.20m
1983 SEA Games
1 Isidro del Prado Sr. Men’s 400m 46.40s
2 Leonardo Illut Men’s 10,000m 31:57.42
3 Hector Begeo Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:57.50
4 Renato  Unso Men’s 400m hurdles 51.26s
5 Chamberlain Gonzales Men’s Pole Vault 4.20m
6 Agustin Jarina Men’s Hammer Throw 48.20m
7 Lydia de Vega Women’s 200m 24.26s
8 Lucena Ulam Women’s 800m 2:13.45
9 Agrifina dela Cruz Women’s 100m hurdles 14.90s
10 Agrifina dela Cruz Women’s 400m hurdles 1:01.43
11 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.06m

Del Prado is the ownerof 5 SEA Games gold medals ranging from 400m (thrice) to 800m and the 4x400m relay

1985 SEA Games
1 Hector Begeo Men’s 5,000m 14:22.28
2 Mario Castro Men’s 10,000m 30:51.8
3 Hector Begeo Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 9:02.25
4 Leopoldo Arnillo Men’s 400m hurdles 52.20s
5 PH Team Men’s 4x400m relay 3:06.58
6 Agrifina dela Cruz Women’s 100m hurdles 14.09s
7 Agrifina dela Cruz Women’s 400m hurdles 59.29s
8 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.11m
9 Erlinda Lavandia Women’s Javelin Throw 47.96m
10 Nene Gamo Pellosis Heptathlon 4,603 pts
1987 SEA Games
1 Hector Begeo Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 9:08.03
2 Lydia de Vega Women’s 100m 11.28s
3 Lydia de Vega Women’s 200m 23.57s
4 Agrifina dela Cruz Women’s 100m hurdles 14.19s
5 Nenita Adan Women’s 400m hurdles 1:00.38
6 Lydia de Vega Women’s Long Jump 6.27m

De Vega is the owner of 8 SEA Games golds which she won from the 100m, 200m, 400m and the Long Jump, and still the Games' record holder over the 100m with a mark of 11.28s set in 1987

1989 SEA Games
1 Isidro del Prado Sr. Men’s 400m 47.20s
2 Herman Suizo Men’s Marathon 2:23.19
3 Elma Muros Women’s 100m hurdles 13.98s
4 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.52m
1991 SEA Games
1 Herman Suizo Men’s Marathon 2:22.52
2 Hector Begeo Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:55.65
3 Edward Lasquette Men’s Pole Vault 4.80m
4 Fidel Repizo Men’s Discuss Throw 52.10m
5 Lydia de Vega Women’s 100m 11.44s
6 Elma Muros Women’s 100m hurdles 13.66s
7 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.30m
8 Nene Gamo Pellosis Heptathlon 5,125 pts
1993 SEA Games
1 Edward Lasquette Men’s Pole Vault 4.85m
2 Lydia de Vega Women’s 100m 11.60s
3 Lydia de Vega Women’s 200m 23.37s
4 Marietta Tabangin Women’s 1500m 4:29.69
5 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.44m
6 Elma Muros Women’s 400m hurdles 58.65s
1995 SEA Games
1 Hector Begeo Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:59.73
2 Edward Lasquette Men’s Pole Vault 4.90m
3 Elma Muros Women’s 200m 24.00s
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5

Elma Muros

Elma Muros

Women’s Long Jump

Women’s 100m

6.34m

11.81s

1997 SEA Games
1 Hector Begeo Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 9:08.28
2 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.45m
3 Elma Muros Heptathlon 5,269 pts

Muros won 15 SEA Games golds from 1983 to 2001. The most by any Filipino Track Athlete

1999 SEA Games
1 Elma Muros Women’s Long Jump 6.34m
2001 SEA Games
1 Ernie Candelario Men’s 400m 46.59s
2 John Lozada Men’s 800m 1:49.39
3 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s 5,000m 14:15.13
4 Roy Vence Men’s Marathon 2:23:51
5 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:40.77
6 Christabel Martes Women’s Marathon 2:52:43
7 Elma Muros Heptathlon 5,059 pts
2003 SEA Games
1 Ernie Candelario Men’s 400m 47.06s
2 John Lozada Men’s 1500m 3:56.80
3 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s 10,000m 29:19.62
4 Allan Ballester Men’s Marathon 2:21:03
5 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:50.78
6 Arniel Ferrera Men’s Hammer Throw 55.28m
7 Danilo Fresnido Men’s Javelin Throw 67.11m
8 Lerma Gabito Women’s Long Jump 6.21m
2005 SEA Games
1 Jimar Aing Men’s 400m 47.03s
2 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:56.14
3 Henry Dagmil Men’s Long Jump 7.81m
4 Arniel Ferrera Men’s Hammer Throw 60.47m
5 Danilo Fresnido Men’s Javelin Throw 70.20m
6 PH Team Men’s 4x400m relay 3:09.15
7 Mercedita Manipol Women’s 10,000m 35:38.04
8 Christabel Martes Women’s Marathon 2:47:07
9 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.47m

GTK's Army was at its height in 2005 when it brought home 9 gold medals from the SEA Games, the most since 1985. Inset shows Herrera, Banayag and Buenavista showingoff their golds at the 2009 Games

2007 SEA Games
1 Julius Nierras Men’s 400m 46.56s
2 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:54.21
3 Henry Dagmil Men’s Long Jump 7.87m
4 Arniel Ferrera Men’s Hammer Throw 60.98m
5 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.31m
2009 SEA Games
1 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 9:11.20
2 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s Marathon 2:21:10
3 Arniel Ferrera Men’s Hammer Throw 61.62m
4 Danilo Fresnido Men’s Javelin Throw 72.93m
5 Jho Ann Banayag Women’s Marathon 2:46:34
6 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.68m
7 Rosie Villarito Women’s Javelin Throw 49.69m
2011 SEA Games
1 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:52.23
2 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.71m

Photocredits: Philstar

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4 Responses to Its not the worst

  1. I think we saw some what of a revival with the Team in 2013. I had predicted most of the winners correctly.

    Cid, Ulboc i had backed as they ranked first in the ranking lists for the whole year. While some arm chair experts were quick to dismiss this early season form. I saw the two were well tapered even if performances dropped and ultimately won there first gold medals at the first SEA Games.

    Bagsit or Alejan were destined to win the 400. After Alejan beat Bagsit 46.96 to 47.11 in Thailand i knew those two were going 1-2 was not sure of the order though.

    The 4×400 was a given, it had the best 2 runners in SEA so no way they were going to concede after clocking 3.08 in Thailand a few months before which was by far the fastest time of the year.

    As for Eric Cray i knew he had a good thing going after national champs,

    The only thing i got wrong was Dagmil. As Supanara dominated the whole year and was defending champion the odds were more in his favor. Dagmil overcame Supanara causing an upset of sorts.

    I had estimated 5-7 Golds before the games, but my other bet had been Mervin Guarte 800 and 1500. And had it not been to issues with his foot he probably would have won golds as well.

    Predicted 5-7 athletics we got 6.
    I predicted 25-32 golds also low and high and we got 27 overall in 2013.

    All in all i think everyone who was selected kind of deserved to be in the team. I think the fact a few athletes being left out such as the womens 4×100 (Santos (went for lj), Griffey and Richardson twins) could have perhaps netted a bronze and perhaps Buenavista could have added another medal maybe even a gold. Apart from that i don’t think we really had that many more athletes to add.

    So i look at these stats 1983 we got 11 golds. I’m hoping this year we can go 12. I’m predicting now 8-12 golds this time.

    • Yes I remember you predicted that in 2013 Andrew. Good job there. But for the 2015 SEA Games, you sure about 12 golds? You must know something that I dont know mate. I can see 8 golds: Bagsit (400m), Mens 4x400m, Ulboc (steeple), Obiena (polevault), Guarte (800 or 1500m), Cid (Deca), Torres (LJ), Cray (400H). Maybe Tabal or delos Santos in the marathon. Thats 9. The additional 3, I think you should share the info mate…

  2. Track Fan says:

    I think you missed Elma Muros winning 100m in 1995 w a time of 11.82 secs.

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