Buenavista out of the podium in SEA Games marathon
Mark Escarlote on Jun 07, 2015 04:37 PM
After a missing a podium finish, Eduardo Buenavista may consider retirement.
SINGAPORE --- Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista might’ve finally played his swan song in the 28th Southeast Asian Games Sunday.
Telling reporters last Friday that he is taking a non-medal finish as a sign for retirement in international stints, the possibility of Vertek hanging his running shoes is made clear after a fourth place crossing in the men’s marathon event.
“Itong laban ko na ito ngayon kapag hindi ako nagka-medal siguro time na nga siguro na (magretiro). Talagang mahina na,” said the two-time Olympian and three-time SEA Games gold medalist three days before his run.
Buenavista, in his eighth SEA Games appearance, checked in with a time of 2:39.26 in fourth place behind gold medal winner and hometown runner Rui Yong Guillame Soh (2:34.56), Thailand’s Boonthung Srisung (2:34.56) and Nguyen Thanh Hoang (2:37.10).
The 5-foot Filipino, the 2009 Laos SEA Games marathon king, later disclosed that he was suffering from a bum stomach and had vomited twice on the 42.195-kilometer course.
“Vertek had been complaining about stomach problems since we got here last week and we had to take him to our medical team for check-up because of his constant vomiting,” track and field secretary general Renato Unso said.
Meanwhile, Mary Joy Tabal captured the silver medal in the women’s marathon.
Under a heavy early morning downpour and run on a course near the Singapore National Stadium, the 25-year-old Cebuana placed second in a time of three hours, three minutes and 25 seconds, 1:14 behind Thai gold medalist Nattaya Thannaronnawat (3:04.39).
Vietnam’s Thi Thanh Hoang took the bronze (3:07.14).
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