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Performance Report of Team PH in the Recent Asia Masters Athletics Championships (18th : 2014 : Iwate, Japan)

A report prepared by the National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines about the participation of the 19 athletes to the Asia Masters Athletics Championships on September 2014  in Japan.  (Photo by Edward Kho)

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Team Highlights
  • Team Philippine Masters garnered 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 6 Bronzes for a total of 10 Medals
  • Margarito Baniqued, a Gintong Alay program recipient in the 80’s, opened the team’s campaign by winning the Bronze medal in the 5,000 M Walk (M50-54)
  • Erlinda Lavandia won a Bronze medal in Hammer Throw (W60-64) heaving 21.27 meters in the process.  On September 21, Ms. Lavandia captured Silver medals in both Shot Put and Discus Throw events. The following day, she outclassed Japan’s Matsuoka Kanako and Kobo Tomiko in Javelin Throw by winning Gold and retaining the Game’s Record she posted in 2012
  • John Lozada’s Bronze medal win in 800M race for M40-44,   a winning streak boost for Team Philippines
  • The golden performance courtesy of Emerson Obiena’s 4.00M finished in Pole Vault event for M45-49 capped the day’s event

To view the complete details of the team’s performance, please see AMAC Post Event Report.  

Asian Masters Athletics Championships (18th : 2014 Sep. 19-23 : Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan)

The Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC) is a biennial athletics championships in Asia participated in by athletes over the age of 35.  It is the Asian version of the World Masters (formerly Veterans) Athletic Championships inaugurated in 1975 held every two odd-numbered years. The 1st World Masters/Veterans Athletic Championships were held in Toronto, Canada in 1975. Hari Chandra from Singapore, found himself attending it. At these Championships he met Japanese participant Mr. Hideo Okada, the then President of Nippon Turtles. They met again in Gotenberg Sweden(2nd Masters) and decided to organize a version of the Championships on the Asian level. On return to Singapore, Mr Hari Chandra contacted Milkha Singh of India, and the three of them met at Christchurch (NZ) in 1981, and as a result, the 1st Asia Championships were held in Singaporein August 1981. 

The Philippine participation in AMAC could be traced back to as early as 1996.  That was for the 9th AMAC held in October in Seoul, South Korea.  Last year’s Philippine campaign spearheaded by athletics legends Elma Muros-Posadas and Linda Lavandia was a bumper crop. A total of 8 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals were bagged by the unrelenting and gutsy Pinoy tracksters.

This year’s edition of the AMAC, Team Philippines, a 19-strong team composed of mainly former national athletes left for Kitakami City, Japan last September 18 to compete with the rest of Asia in the 18th Asia Masters Athletics Championships aiming to match or even surpass this achievement. The simple send-off ceremony and media launch were supported by L TIMESTUDIO and SOMA sports watch in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.  On the eve of the Team’s departure, another sponsor came forward to extend help.  El Lobo energy drink sponsored the daily event shirt of our athletes.  Now that’s what I call good news!


And, just a quick update on results for Team Philippines:
Source: Edward Kho, one of the participants
 
Day 1 – September 19 
 
Erlinda Lavandia | Hammer Throw (Women’s) | 21.27m | Bronze Medal
Margarito Baniqued | 5000m Walk (Men’s) | 32:38.57 | Bronze Medal
 
Day 2 – September 20
 
Erlinda Lavandia | Discus Throw (Women’s) | 20.62m | Bronze Medal
Erlinda Lavandia | Shot Put (Women’s) | 8.64m | Silver Medal
 
Day 3 – September 21
 
None
 
Day 4 – September 22
 
Erlinda Lavandia | Javelin Throw (Women’s) | 30.05m | Gold Medal
Emerson Obiena | Pole Vault (Men’s) | 4.00m | Gold Medal
John Lozada | 800m (Men’s) | 2:11.08 (minutes) | Bronze Medal

Day 5 – September 23 

Danilo Fresnido | Javelin Throw ( Men’s) | 60.48m, a  new Asia men’s record | Gold Medal

Men’s 4x400m | Bronze Medal
John Lozada, Emerson Obiena, Edward Kho, Julio Bayaban

Women’s 4x100m | Bronze Medal
Elenita Punelas, Salve Bayaban, Jeanette Obiena, Victorina Calma


Their successful journey was made possible by Soma Sports watch, L Time Studio, Petron, San Miguel, El Lobo energy drink, Philippine Sports Commission, POC, and PATAFA. 

Congratulations,
Team Philippines! Laban Pilipinas!