Filipino tracksters bag 29 medals in Thailand Open
By: MST Sports

The Philippines captured 10 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze medals in the recent 2013 Thailand Open Athletics Championships held at the Thamassat University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 43-athlete Philippine delegation won a total of 29 medals, with 20-year-old Jessa Mangsat now holding a new record in the 300m Steeplechase (Women’s) with a time of 1:08 seconds.

The other gold medalists were Jennyrose Rosales (400m Woman), Arniel Ferrera (Hammer throw), Edgardo Alejan Jr. (400m Male), Evalyn Palabrica (Javelin Throw), Katherine Khay Santos (Long Jump), Mary Lyn Avila (400m Hurdle), Riezel Buenaventura (Pole Vault), Mervin Guarte (800m), and Alejan Jr., Archand Christian Bagsit, Julius Nierras, and Isidro Del Prado (4×400 relay M).

Josie Malacad (Hurdle), Julian Reem Fuentes (Long Jump), Junrey Bano (Hurdle), Rosie Villarito (Javelin Throw), Harry Diones (Triple Jump ), Reyvieth Penarubia and Ernest John Obiena (Pole Vault), settled for silver medals, while Katherine Khay Santos, Princess Joy Griffith, Hanelyn Loquinto, Jennyrose Rosales, Jordan Paul Billones, Nessa Mangsat, and Lorelie Sermona bagged bronze medals.

Heads of delegation Joseph Sy and Lerma Gabito were thankful to athletics Vice Chairman Philip Juico for his motivation and generosity, and for inspiring the entire team.

“He made a great difference,” said Sy.

Jessa also thanked Juico for his support.

Juico, a former chair of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), is the current president of the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club and Vice Chair of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association. Over lunch he hosted for the whole team, Juico asked everyone to pray for PATAFA chief Go Teng Kok, who is recovering from surgery, and to celebrate the 29 medals the athletes won.

Meanwhile, Go said he will personally invite top officials of the IAAF to grace the coming PATAFA polls and introduce his chosen successor.