Obiena, Knott lead crack Asian Athletics PH crew

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

Pole vault star Ernest John Obiena and sprinter Kristina Marie Knott will lead a group of Filipino track and field athletes in the upcoming Asian Indoor Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Obiena could easily break the existing record and have a clear chance of winning gold on a clear day, but the continent’s indoor encounter will mostly be a sneak peek at the rest of the squad. How will national athletics compete in this year’s Southeast Asia (SEA) Games and Games.

SEA Games shooting champion William Morrison III will join 17 athletes in the February 10-12 tournament, where five-time 400m hurdles gold medalist Eric Cray and Knott, the Southeast Asian 200m record holder, get enlisted.

Part of the action

Former SEA Games triathlon champion Sarah Dequinan, pole vault silver medalist Hokett delos Santos, triple jumper Mark Harry Diones, long jumper Janry Ubas and women’s pole vaulter Natalie Uy also will receive part of this action. “These selected athletes will be exposed to the Edward Kho competition,” said Philippine Athletics Association general secretary.

But in indoor competitions, some of these followers will race on a shorter route or play fewer events than usual.

Knott is in the women’s 60m, Dequinan will compete in the pentathlon while Cray has three events—60m, 400m and 4x400m relay with Michael Carlo del Prado and Edwin Giron Jr., who will aim for medals. chapter on this subject. 800m south.

Prize found

Ubas, who has competed in the men’s pentathlon, will wear the triathlon outfit.

“They will basically face the same opponents here in the Asian Games,” said Kho.

Joining them in the three-day track and field competition were Leonard Grospe (high jump), Mariano Masano (800m), Jelly Dianne Paragile (60m hurdles), Alexie Mae Caimoso (pentathlon) and Melissa Escoton (60 m hurdles). in Philippines-Spain hurdler John Tolentino Cabang will be challenged with Asia’s best after emerging at a better pace than Clinton Bautista, the reigning SEA Games men’s 110m hurdles champion , who owns the national record of 13.78 seconds.

“John came to our weekly relay races last November 19 and ran the 110m hurdles. He can outrun Clinton Bautista’s personal best,” Kho said.

After winning five gold medals at the Vietnam SEA Games last year, Kho said they will aim for even more in the upcoming edition of the Cambodian Games on May 5-17.

He said the SEA Games athletics lineup will be finalized after they expand the country on March 22-26, which will be the final stage of qualification. request

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