MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Athletics Observe and Discipline Affiliation (PATAFA) is fielding its finest workforce to the Hanoi Southeast Asian Video games slated Might 12 to 23 with an purpose of surpassing, if not duplicating, its 11-gold medal haul within the final version of the biennial meet on the New Clark Metropolis in Capas, Tarlac three years in the past.
All 11 Filipino gold winners headed by pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, sprinter Kristina Knott, hurdler Eric Cray and marathoner Christine Hallasgo are within the 49-strong squad seeing motion in 39 of the 46 occasions calendared in Hanoi.
Different 2019 SEA Video games gold medalists within the roster this 12 months are Aries Toledo (decathlon), Clinton Bautista (110-meter hurdler), William Morrison III (shot put), Melvin Calano (javelin), Natalie Uy (pole vault) and Sarah Dequinan (heptathlon).
Relay specialists Eloisa Luzon and Anfernee Lopena, who have been a part of the workforce that struck gold within the 4x100m combined relay occasion alongside Cray and Knott, will compete in different occasions after their 2019 occasion was scrapped.
The PATAFA can also be fielding Fil-Morrocan siblings Yacine and Mentioned Guarmeli, who’re tipped to strike gold in 800m, 1,500m and 5000m.
Yacine’s finest time within the 5000m is 13 minutes and 35.36 seconds, not solely is a nationwide document but in addition approach higher than the 2019 gold commonplace of Thai Kieran Tintivate’s 14:31.15.
Mentioned’s 1500m private finest is 3:54.26, which is healthier than the gold medal time of 4:06.63 submitted by Vietnamese Durong Van Thai.
Additionally within the squad are Albert Mantua and Evelyn Palabrica, who copped the gold within the males’s shot put and girls’s javelin throw with a 17.33m and 45.81m, respectively, within the Singapore Open yesterday.
Curiously, Mantua edged Morrison, the defending champion who heaved only a 16.61m to accept a silver.