Obina, Nat Lead Creek Asian Athletics Ph.D

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Ernest John Obina of the Philippines reacts during the men’s pole vault event during the ISTAF Berlin Internationales Stadionfest annual track and field athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on September 4, 2022. (Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP)

Pole vault star Ernest John Obina and sprinter Christina Marie Knott will lead a pack of Filipino track and field athletes at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Obina could easily break the current record and have a clear shot at gold on a good day, but the continental indoor meet will largely be a reflection of how the rest of the national athletics squads fare in Southeast Asia (SEA). will be done Games and the Asian Games this year.

SEA Games shot put champion William Morrison III will join the 17-athlete cast during the February 10-12 tournament, along with five-time regional 400m hurdles gold medalist Eric Kray and Knott, the Southeast Asian 200m record holder. are was recruited.

Piece of action

Former SEA Games heptathlon title holder Sarah Decnan, pole vault silver medalist Hoket delos Santos, triple jumper Mark Harry Devens, long jumper Johnri Obas and lady pole vaulter Natalie Oye will also get a piece of the action. They are believed to belong to the Big Hitters League,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association Secretary General Edward Khoo.

But during indoor competitions, some of these tracksters will run a shorter course or play a shorter event than usual.

Knott is entered in the women’s 60m, Deccan will compete in the pentathlon, while Cray has three events—the 60m, 400m and 4x400m relay with Michael Carlo del Prado and Edwin Geron Jr. Want to get a medal. Men’s 800m

A valuable find

Obas, who saw action in the men’s decathlon, will suit up in the heptathlon.

“They will basically face the same opponents here at the Asian Games,” Khoo said.

Joining him at the three-day track meet are Leonard Grospe (high jump), Mariano Masano (800m), Jellie Diane Paragile (60m hurdles), Alexi Mae Camuso (pentathlon) and Melissa Escoton (60m hurdles). In the Filipino-Spanish hurdles, John Tolentino Kebang will be tested with a better clocking than Asia’s best Clinton Bautista, the current SEA Games men’s 110m hurdles champion who holds the national record of 13.78 seconds.

“John came to our weekly relay last November 19 and ran in the 110m hurdles. He was able to run faster than Clinton Bautista’s personal best,” said Khoo.

After winning five gold medals at Vietnam’s SEA Games last year, Kho said he would be aiming for more at the upcoming Cambodia edition of the games from May 5 to 17.

He said the SEA Games roster for athletics would be finalized after the March 22-26 National Open, which would serve as the final stage of qualification. INQ

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