National team veterans rule field events
By: Peter Atencio (Manila Standard Today)
Two members of the national team, hammer thrower Arniel Ferrera and javelin thrower Danilo Fresnido hit the medal standards of the Southeast Asian Games in their respective events yesterday at the Philsports track stadium in Pasig City.
The 32-year-old Ferrera outdid himself while Fresnido stayed within range of his personal best in bagging gold medals on the second day of the 2013 POC-PSC Philippine National Games athletics meet.
Their outstanding showing came a day after Baguio’s Jessa Mangsat claimed the 3,000-meter steeplechase gold with a national record-shattering time of 11:25.7.
Her time eclipsed the 11:28.54 of Jean Palencia of University of Santo Tomas four years ago in the UAAP.
Ferrera came up with a heave of 60.20 meters, and hit the silver medal standard of the 2011 SEA Games when he surpassed his silver medal showing of 60.19 meters two years ago.
“I have not gone full blast with my training yet. After this, I will,” said Ferrera.
With his only son Daniel cheering him on, Fresnido hurled the spear on to distance of 66.15 meters on his third try.
This allowed Fresnido to reach the 66-meter bronze medal range, and he came 12 centimeters close to the 66.27 meter mark which he achieved when he bagged the bronze in Palembang.
“Na hit ko na,” remarked Fresnido.
Meanwhile, Far Eastern University Janry Ubas leapt 2.06 meters in the men’s high jump, and was two centimeters short of the 2.08-m bronze medal standard.
“I was reserving my energy for two other events, the long jump and the triple jump. I just didn’t push it,” said Ubas, an Education junior.
National teammates Henry Dagmil and Benigno Marayag came up with a 1-2 finish in men’s long jump with their 7.39 meter and 7.12 meter feats.