Janario, Stuart shine in National Open

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 22, 2015 06:24 PM
Janario, Stuart wins three golds each in National Open
Filipino-American thrower Caleb Stuart bagged his third gold medal in the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Championship.

STA. CRUZ, Laguna --- Yolanda survivor Karen Janario continued her gold medal conquest Sunday winning her third in the 200 m. dash in the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Championship at the Laguna Sports Complex here.  

The product of Leyte Sports Academy, who lost her friends and loved ones to the worst recorded typhoon in the history of mankind two years ago, shared the limelight in the final day of competition with another triple gold winner Filipino-American Caleb Stuart.

Janario registered 25.21 seconds in the girls' 200m run to clinch her third gold medal following a pair mints in the girls' 400m run (59.21 seconds) and 100m hurdles (15.14 seconds).

She still has a chance to win her fourth gold medal as she is still competing in the girls' 4x100m relay as of posting.

Meanwhile, groomed to be the country's standard bearer in the throwing events of the 28th Southeast Asian Games, Stuart brushed off the early morning drizzle as he heaved the metal plate to a distance of 48.17 meters to collect the gold in the men's discus throw competition and essay a fitting ending to his colorful campaign in this tournament billed as a preview of the biennial meet in Singapore from June 5 to 16.

It was Stuart's third gold medal after topping in shot put and hammer throw, wherein he registered 64.57 meters to nearly shatter the national record of 68.86 meters, which he notched in the Ben Brown Championship in Fullerton, California last week.

"I am satisfied with my performance this time," said the 24-year old University of California-Riverside alum, who candidly admitted that he wasn't happy over his output in the shot put and hammer throw events in the opening day.

“This is also my first time to try the discus event since June last year but I am pretty confident and is comfortable especially with the rain. I had to train more when I got back to the United States."

In other results, Emerson John Obiena fell short on his bid to erase the national and SEA Games record in men's pole vault due to the softness of his pole.

Obiena, a 2nd year Electronics and Communications student at University of Santo Tomas, cleared the bar set at 5.0 meters to claim the gold medal over John Rey Mabuyao of Leyte Sports Academy (4.30 meters) and his father, former national team member Emerson Obiena (4.20 meters).

"I still need to buy the pole that will suit my weight," said the 19-year old Obiena, who tallied the national record of 5.21 meters during the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association weekly relay last year.

"The pole that we are using in this competition is quite soft. It doesn't suit my body weight, that's why I can't push myself any further whenever I'm in mid-air."

Emerging with two gold medals were Eloiza Luzon in the girls' 100m (12.46 seconds) and 4x100m relay (48.94 seconds); Joebert Delicano in the masters' men's 100m (11.74 seconds) and long jump (6.84 meters); Francis Medina in the boys' 110m hurdles (14.23 seconds) and 400m hurdles (53.64 seconds); Jomar Udtohan in the boys' 200m (21.86 seconds) and 100m (10.92 seconds); and Archand Christian Bagsit (men's 400m (47.26 seconds) and 200m (21.72 seconds).

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