PH athletics team ay sasali sa Asian Indoor Championships

PH athletics team ay sasali sa Asian Indoor Championships

January 4, 2023 @ 10:15 AM 3 weeks ago


MANILA, Philippines – Pangungunahan ni World’s No. 3 pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena ang 17-member Philippine team sa 10th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships na nakatakda sa Pebrero 10 hanggang 12 sa Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Kasama niya sina Fil-Americans Kristina Marie Knott (women’s 60-meter), Natalie Uy (women’s pole vault), Eric Shaun Cray (men’s 60-meter at 400-meter) at William Edward Morrison III (men’s shot put), at mga lokal. Hockett Delos Santos (men’s pole vault), Mark Harry Diones (men’s triple jump), Leonard Grospe (men’s high jump), Janry Ubas (men’s long jump at heptathlon), John Cabang (men’s 60-meter hurdles), Mariano Masano at Edwin Giron Jr. (800-meter ng lalaki), Michael Carlo Del Prado (400-meter ng lalaki), Jelly Dianne Paragile at Melissa Escoton (60-meter hurdles ng babae), at Alexie Mae Caimoso at Sarah Dequinan (pentathlon ng babae).

Sasabak din sina Cray, Del Prado, Giron at Masano sa 4x400m relay event.

“This is the earliest international competition available with the highest possible World Athletics points to be gained,” sabi ni Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) Secretary General Edward Kho noong Martes nang tanungin kung bakit napili ang Kazakhstan event bilang unang exposure ng koponan.

Si Obiena (1394 puntos) ay nasa likod ng Swedish Armand Duplantis (1601) at American Christopher Nilsen (1430) batay sa mga ranking ng World Athletics, noong Disyembre 27, 2022.

“We are sending our best athletes who have higher chances of winning medals since this is an Asian-level competition,” ani coach Sean Guevarra na kasama ni coach Dario de Rosas, ay sasamahan ang mga atleta.

Naghahanda ang national athletics team para sa tatlong malalaking torneo sa taong ito — ang Southeast Asian Games sa Cambodia (Mayo 5-17), Asian Games sa Hangzhou, China (Sept. 23-Oct. 8), at ang Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Mga laro sa Bangkok-Chonburi, Thailand (Nob. 17-26).

Noong nakaraang Disyembre, sumabak ang koponan sa Thailand Open kung saan nakakuha ito ng limang ginto, anim na pilak, at apat na tansong medalya.

Nagwagi ng gintong medalya sina Masano (800m), Dequinan (heptathlon), Del Prado, Edgardo Alejan Jr., Joyme Sequita at Francis Medina (4x400m relay), John Albert Mantua (men’s shot put) at Alfrence Braza (men’s 1,500m).

Lumundag ng silver sina Grospe (high jump), Masano (1500m), Grospe, Del Prado (400m), Ubas (long jump), Katherine Khay Santos (women’s long jump) at Joida Gagnao (women’s 3,000m steeplechase).

Nag-uwi naman ng bronze sina Gagnao (5,000m), Medina (400m hurdles), Delos Santos (pole vault) at ang 4x100m Santos, Eloiza Medina, Escoton at Paragile (4x100m).

Noong 2022 Vietnam SEA Games, pumangatlo ang Pilipinas sa athletics na may limang ginto, pitong pilak, at 14 na tansong medalya.

Ang limang gintong medalya ay nagmula kina Obiena, Cray (400-meter hurdles), Morrison (shot put), Clinton Bautista (110-meter hurdles), at Fil-Am Kayla Richardson (100-meter).JC