Hong Kong – The Philippine Athletics team completed another impressive campaign at the Hong Kong Intercity Athletics Championships bannered by the national record-breaking performance of the 4x100m men’s relay squad.
Starring Archand Bagsit, Trenten Beram, Anfernee Lopena, and Patrick Unso, the quarter-mile quartet won the silver medal in 39.96 seconds, erasing the three-month-old Philippine record of 40 seconds set in Ilagan, Isabela during the 2017 National Open.
Other members of the national team who dished out golden performances were Katherine Khay Santos in the women’s long jump with a 6.06m leap, Janry Ubas on the men’s side leaping 7.67m, Patrick Unso who clocked 14.02s in the 110m hurdles, Bagsit with 21.71s and Eliza Luzon with 24.78s in the 200m.
Edgardo Alejan Jr added silver to the team’s medal haul with a 47.72s finish in the 400m, while Luzon came in second in the women’s 100m finals.
Clinton Bautista set his new personal best in the 110m hurdles with a 14.20s bronze finish close behind Unso’s gold.
Michael del Prado, son of legendary athletics icon Isidro del Prado, proved his mettle in the 400m by winning bronze with a time of 48.22s
After the meet, members of the national team immediately plunged into training at the Hong Kong Sports Institute led by American consultant coach Rohsaan Griffin.
“Based on their performances, I’d say the team’s general path is on an upswing. These guys work so hard and are so focused to sustain their gains up to the SEA Games,’’ said Griffin. The national squad will be back in Manila on July 19.
The next major competitions in the offing for the national squad are the Asian Athletics Championships in Odisha, India from July 6-10, the Pre-SEA Games Malaysia Open from July 16-18, and the World Championships in London from August 4-13.
Eric Cray and EJ Obiena lead the roster of national athletes seeing action at the London world athletics tilt.
The training and competition buildup of the national athletics team is funded by the Philippine Sports Commission, and supported by Ayala Corporation, UCPB Gen, and Cherrylume Corrugated Sheets.