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Obiena, Knott lead crack Asian Athletics PH crew

Philippine’s Ernest John Obiena reacts throughout the males’s pole vault occasion throughout the ISTAF Berlin Internationales Stadionfest annual monitor and fields athletics assembly on the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on September 4, 2022. (Photograph by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Pole vault star Ernest John Obiena and dash ace Kristina Marie Knott will spearhead a pack of Filipino monitor and subject athletes within the forthcoming Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Obiena may simply shatter the present file and have a transparent shot on the gold on a positive day, however the continental indoor meet would largely be a sneak peek of how the remainder of the nationwide athletics squad would carry themselves within the Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games and Asian Video games this 12 months.

SEA Video games shot put champion William Morrison III will be a part of the 17-athlete forged throughout the Feb. 10 to 12 match, the place five-time regional 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Eric Cray and Knott, Southeast Asia’s 200-m record-holder, have been enlisted.

Piece of the motion

Former SEA Video games heptathlon titleholder Sarah Dequinan, pole vault silver medalist Hokett delos Santos, triple jumper Mark Harry Diones, lengthy jumper Janry Ubas and woman pole vaulter Natalie Uy may even get a bit of the motion.“These choose athletes will likely be uncovered to the concept they belong to the massive hitters’ league,’’ stated Philippine Athletics Observe and Area Affiliation secretary normal Edward Kho.

However throughout indoor competitions, a few of these tracksters will race in a shorter route or play lesser occasions than traditional.

Knott is entered within the ladies’s 60m, Dequinan will compete within the pentathlon whereas Cray has three occasions—60m, 400m and the 4×400-m relay with Michael Carlo del Prado and Edwin Giron Jr., who will likely be concentrating on a medal within the males’s 800m.

Prized discover

Ubas, who used to see motion within the males’s decathlon, will swimsuit up within the heptathlon.

“They may principally face the identical opponents right here within the Asian Video games,’’ stated Kho.

Becoming a member of them within the three-day monitor meet are Leonard Grospe (excessive leap), Mariano Masano (800m), Jelly Dianne Paragile (60-m hurdles), Alexie Mae Caimoso (pentathlon) and Melissa Escoton (60m hurdles).A prized discover in Filipino-Spanish hurdler John Tolentino Cabang will likely be examined towards Asia’s finest after rising with a greater clocking than Clinton Bautista, the present SEA Video games males’s 110-m hurdles champion who owns the nationwide file of 13.78 seconds.

“John came visiting to our weekly relays final Nov. 19 and raced within the 110-m hurdles. He was in a position to run quicker than Clinton Bautista’s private finest,’’ stated Kho.

After snaring 5 gold medals within the Vietnam SEA Video games final 12 months, Kho stated they are going to be aiming for extra within the coming Cambodia version of the Video games on Might 5 to 17.

He stated the SEA Video games roster for athletics will likely be finalized after their nationwide open on March 22 to 26, which is able to function the ultimate stage of {qualifications}. INQ

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