By CLYDE MARIANO
The Philippines captured 10 gold, 10 silver and six bronze medals recently in the Thailand Open Athletics championships at Thammassat University in Bangkok.
The gold medalists were Arniel Ferrera (hammer throw (60.69 meters), Edgardo Alejan (400m (46.95seconds), Evalyn Palabrica javelin throw (43.32 meters), Jennyrose Rosales 400m (55.87 seconds), Jessa Mangsat 300m (O11.10 seconds), Katherine Khay Santos long jump (5.99), Mary Lyn Avila 400m hurdle (1:04.45), Riezel Buenaventura pole vault (3.85 meters), Mervin Guarte 800m (1:50.91), and the 4x400m compose of Archand Christian Bagsit, Edgardo Alejan, Julius Felicisimo Nierras and Isidro del Prado Jr. (3:08.45).
Bagsit, an NCAA standout, also won silver in the 400m in 47.11 seconds, part from the gold in the 4x400m relay and Mangsat, a Palarong Pambansa discovery, also won bronze in the 5000m in 18 minutes and 41.2 seconds.
Josie Malacad won silver in the 400m hurdle in 1:01.61 seconds and 400m in 56.43 seconds.
Other silver medalists were Ernest Obiena pole vault (4.90), Julian Reem Fuentes long jump (6.92 meters), Junrey Bano 400m hurdle (52.24 seconds), Mervin Guarte 1500m (3:55.59 seconds), Rosie Villarito javelin (49.08), Harry Diones triple jump (15.5 meters), and 4x400m relay keyed by Jennyrose Rosales, Mary Lyn Avila, Reyvieth Penarubia and Josie Malacad (3.52 seconds).
The bronze medalists were Eliezer Sunang shot put (16.74 meters), Lorelie Sermona hammer throw (49.13 meters), Jordan Paul Billones 800m (1:52.00), and the 4x100m relay headed by Katherine Santos, Joy Griffith, Hanelyn Loquinto and Jennyrose Rosales (46.63 seconds).
Chairman Ricardo Garcia congratulated the athletes for their impressive showings and dared them to even better their performance in the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar
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