MANILA — Filipino Olympians Eric Shauwn Cray and Mary Joy Tabal lead the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association’s (Patafa) sure list of athletes who will represent the Philippines in the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.
Cray set the SEA Games record in the 400 meters with a time of 49.4 seconds back in 2015, while Tabal qualified for the Games by virtue of her four-peat feat in the Milo Marathon National Final last year.
Patafa secretary-general Renato Unso said during Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City that the two were already included in the short list of athletes who are medal prospects in the biennial regional meet to be held in Malaysia.
ILAGAN, Isabela , Philippines — The athletics association threatened to drop Fil-Ams Kayla Richardson and Caleb Stuart from the Philippine team to the Southeast Asian Games if they fail to show up in the 2017 Ayala-National Open Invitational Athletics Championships.
Track and field association president Philip Ella Juico said they have ordered all SEAG aspirants to prove their worth in the National Open.
“Present policy is, no participation in the National Open, no chance for a slot in SEA Games,” Juico said before leaving for Bangkok for the Asian Athletic Association meeting.
Track and field coach Sean Guevara predicted yesterday that the Philippines will double its gold medal output in athletics, from five gold medals to 10, in the coming Southeast Asian Games.
“Kayang doblehin,” said coach Sean Guevara yesterday while overseeing several athletes training at the Philsports Complex (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City. “Tingin namin kaya ma-abot ang 10 gold medals.”
“Kasi yung mga nag-gold na in the last SEA Games malamang na makasama naman uli sila sa national team based sa criteria na nilabas ng officials natin. Nag-improve na din naman yung mga nag-silver and bronze natin na malaki na ang chance for the gold medal this time,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines - Malaysian officials yesterday gave the assurance that things will fall into place in time for their hosting of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.
Nik Abdul Kadir Mohammad, deputy secretary-general of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sport, also said they’re on track toward reclaiming the overall title in the SEA Games.
“We are focusing on all sports because we want to be champion,” he said during a press conference that preceded the “Rising Together Baton Run” at the CCP Complex.
MANILA, Philippines – Mere moments after securing his second consecutive LBC Ronda Pilipinas crown, Jan Paul Morales set his sights at winning a medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games slated for August 19-31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"If they still want me, I will be ready," said the 31-year-old Morales, who dominated the 2017 edition of the Ronda that concluded on Saturday in Iloilo City.
"I think I still have it in me to compete in the SEA Games," he added.
Pole vaulter EJ Obiena said he’s not hurting but he can still vividly remember his failed gold-medal campaign in the 2015 SEA Games that he intends to make amends in the coming Kuala Lumpur Games this August.
Installed as heavy favorite to win the gold medal having a world class mentor in Ukrainian Vitaly Petrov, Obiena left the charming island of Singapore fully disappointed as he settled for a silver medal.
He did clear the 5.25-meter barrier – a personal best – but Thai Porranot Purahong proved much better, hurdling the 5.30m to snatch the gold medal.
Just by looking at the medal tally in the boxing competition of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, it’s not difficult to discern why Malaysian organizers aren’t fond of the combat sport that most Filipinos love.
Out of the 11 weight divisions and 44 medals at stake in boxing, Malaysia was the only country which didn’t manage to pluck a single medal.
As a result, the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31 has ditched women’s boxing and men’s weight classes lightweight (60kg) and welterweight (69kg)—categories that Filipinos usually dominate.