Athletics head satisfied in SEA Games performance despite missing gold medal target
Mark Escarlote on Jun 13, 2015 06:31 PM
Am I happy? Yes --- PATAFA head Philip Ella Juico
SINGAPORE --- Though falling a gold medal short from their total of six two years ago, Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association head Philip Ella Juico is satisfied with his athletes’ performance in the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.
“We didn’t get our target number of gold medals but the number of medals overall that we got is a good improvement of the track and field competition. You can look at it from those angles but we have to move forward,” said Juico Friday night in a dinner with Manila-based reporters at the Marina Bay Sands.
Team Philippines collected 21 total medals including five golden finishes highlighted by a historical sweep in the 100m. dash competitions.
“We have 5-7-9 against the 6-4-3 in Myanmar. That’s a 62 percent improvement in terms of medals. Sa gold, nabawasan ng isa pero ang kapalit, we had that 100m. men’s and women’s, the fastest and centerpiece event of the track and field competition,” Juico added.
Fil-Americans Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson won the gold medals in the men’s and women’s century dash events while Caleb Stuart threw a record heave in his men’s hammer throw victory.
Christopher Ulboc Jr. retained his crown in the 3,000m. steeplechase while Cray became a double-gold medalist in the biennial meet after winning the 400m. hurldes.
If not for injuries the country could’ve taken at least four more gold medals and meet the prediction of eight to 12 top podium finishes.
“Am I happy? Yes,” said Juico, who will re-evaluate the national sports association’s program.
“Of course there’s got to be some improvement. We can improve some more,” he added. “There’s always room for improvement and we are reassessing the whole program right after the SEA Games.”
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