Asiad prospect: a pair of long jumpers

1. Marestella Torres

Marestella Torres and mentor / coach Jim Lafferty

Marestella Torres and mentor / coach Jim Lafferty

For the second successive Asiad, long jumper Marestella Torres is Philippine athletics’s best bet to win a medal in the quadrennial games.  Last 2010 at Guangzhou, Mare actually tied for 3rd place with  Yuliya Tarasova of Uzbekistan with a 6.49m leap.  However, she lost in the count back and settled for 4th as after her first jump (6.49m), she fouled on her 5 next jumps.

This year, she is actually on a comeback trail as she gave birth to her firstborn last January 2014.   With only 7 months of training after her pregnancy, Torres reached the 6.37m qualifying mark via her wind aided 6.45m leap at Singapore last August 23.

Asian Top list (as of August 31, 2014)

Rank Mark Athlete Country Venue Date
1 6.57 Yanfei JIANG       CHN Zhaoqing 19-Apr-14
2 6.57 Minjia LU       CHN Oordegem-Lede 5-Jul-14
3 6.56 Mayookha JOHNY       IND Lucknow 5-Jun-14
4 6.46 Xiaoxue ZHOU     CHN Kunshan 30-May-14
5 6.46 Thi Thu Thao BUI       VIE Ho Chi Minh 25-Jul-14
6 6.45 Xiaoling XU     CHN Jinan 11-Jul-14
7 6.43 Yuliya TARASOVA     UZB Valmiera 19-Jul-14
8 6.42 Wupin WANG     CHN Zhaoqing 19-Apr-14
9 6.37 Maria Natalia LONDA     INA Kangar 26-Jun-14

Prospect: I believe that Marestella has 3 more competitive years in her, culminating at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  A new national record in the next 2 years is very possible considering that Jim Lafferty is overseeing her training and nutrition.  However, 7-8 months training from giving birth is not enough to win her any medals in this years Asian games.

Best: 4th place  Worst: 8th place in the finals.


2. Henry Dagmil

Henry Dagmil during the 2010 Asian Games

Henry Dagmil during the 2010 Asian Games

Henry’s Asiad performances are quite decent as he placed 5th in 2006 (7.76m) and 6th in 2010 (7.52m).  His 2014’s best mark of 7.56m however, is still far off from the Asian leaders to consider him as a serious threat to medal.   Nevertheless, Henry might pull a surprise as his 2 year coach Arnold Villarube, was the one responsible for his 7.80m golden leap in the 2013 SEA games, which incidentally, was his best jump since setting the national mark at 7.99m last 2008.

Asian Top list (as of August 31, 2014)

Rank Mark Athlete Date of Birth Country Venue Date
1 8.47 Jinzhe LI 1-Sep-89  CHN Bad Langensalza 28-Jun-14
2 8.17 Xinglong GAO 12-Mar-94  CHN Kunshan 30-May-14
3 8.14 Yu ZHANG 17-Jul-92  CHN Beijing 27-Aug-14
4 8.1 Jianan WANG 27-Aug-96  CHN Beijing 24-Apr-14
5 8.1 Jinzhe LI 1-Sep-89  CHN Lausanne 3-Jul-14
6 8.09 Gongchen TANG 24-Apr-89  CHN Kunshan 30-May-14
7 8.07 Lei JIE 8-May-89  CHN Beijing 24-Apr-14
8 7.99 Yaoguang ZHANG 21-Jun-93  CHN Beijing 24-Apr-14
9 7.99 Qing LIN 5-Apr-95  CHN Taipei City 13-Jun-14
10 7.98 Yohei SUGAI 30-Aug-85  JPN Hiroshima 29-Apr-14
11 7.94 Kota MINEMURA 22-Dec-92  JPN Fukushima 8-Jun-14
12 7.9 Ahmed Fayez AL-DOSARI 3-Jul-85  KSA Riyadh 5-Jun-14
13 7.9 M. VIGNESHWAR  IND Lucknow 6-Jun-14
14 7.9 Konstantin SAFRONOV 2-Sep-87  KAZ Almaty 28-Jun-14
15 7.89 Mohammad ARZANDEH 30-Oct-87  IRI Tehran 21-Aug-14
16 7.87 Xiaodong GE 1-Sep-92  CHN Zhaoqing 19-Apr-14

Prospect: At 33 years old, Henry knows that this will be his last Asiad.  With a slew of Chinese jumping over 8 meters led by Jinzhe Li who is 6th in the world this year, and a couple of Japanese, Kazakh and Saudi national leaping 7.9m, realistically, I cant see Henry barging into the top 6 even if he has another 7.80m jump.

Best: 8th Worst: 12th place

Sources: IAAF, Andrew Pirie

Photocredits: PETER PARKS,AFP,Getty Images/

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2 Responses to Asiad prospect: a pair of long jumpers

  1. Good write up. Good to see Pinoymiler is back without fear or fervour. 😉

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