Injury bug damages chance of PHI to pick more track gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 13, 2015 06:03 PM
Some of our players went down with an injury. It was such a game-changer. Nag-iba ang complexion ng tournament --- Philip Ella Juico
SINGAPORE -- Philip Ella Juico knows that there are some things beyond his control.
First, it was the inverted Philippine flag.
Second -- and probably the most damaging -- was the injury bug that hit his wards.
"We could have easily win at least four gold medals," said Juico, the president of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.
"But some of our players went down with an injury. It was such a game-changer. Nag-iba ang complexion ng tournament."
Juico was referring to Filipino-American sprint king Eric Cray, who had to pull out of the men's 4x400-meter run due to what they suspect as a pulled hamstring. Same goes for another golden spirnter in Kayla Anise Richardson, who competed in the women's 4x100 meter run despite a tightness on her hip muscle.
With Cray out, the men's relay team settled for the silver medal in the event they ruled in 2013. The women's team, on the other hand, fell to sixth place.
"Eric was the fastest guy in the tournament," Juico said. "It could have been a different story if he competed."
Also walking wounded were Archand Christian Bagsit, Eduardo Buenavista and Henry Dagmil.
Bagsit failed to defend his crown as he bombed out in the preliminary heat of the men's 400-meter run due to a sore back while Olympian Buenavista suffered from a bum stomach, prompting him to finish fifth in men's marathon.
Another former Olympian in Dagmil also fell by the wayside as he felt pain in his injured hamstring hours before the men's long jump competition.
Juico could only shake his head.
"Malas talaga," he said. "Breaks of the game doomed our chances. Sayang. Ang daming ginto ang nawala."