Pinoys strike Gold & Silver in Thailand Athletics TourneyPosted on April 29th, 2011 under Sporting Gold
Olympian Marestella Torres and collegiate star Josie Malacad bagged a gold and a silver in the Thailand Open Athletics Championships at the Thammasap University grounds in Bangkok.
The 29-year-old Torres leaped to 6.32 meters to clinch the gold medal in the long jump, while Malacad settled for a silver in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.
Torres’ leap, though, was 13 centimeters short of the 6.45 meters which she recorded here in 2006.
It was also 3.4 centimeters shy of the national record of 6.68 meters, which she herself accomplished in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games.
Malacad, a former Palarong Pambansa gold medalist and is now a physical education student at the Far Eastern University, came in second in her pet event in one minute and 2.67 seconds.
Her time, though, was .23 seconds better than the 1:02.9 she recorded in a recent University Athletic Association of the Philippines meet.
Another Filipina, Keizel Pedrina of University of Sto. Tomas, placed sixth in the same event.
In other results, Archand Bagsit ended up fifth in the 200-meter dash, while Robin Tullo finished eighth in the men’s 110-meter hurdles of the men’s division.
Hanelyn Loquinto placed fourth in the women’s 200-meter run, while Palarong Pambansa bet Maureen Schriver finished sixth and seventh in the 100-meter and the 200-meter events, respectively.