Last September 19-24, The Team Philippine Masters went to Kitakami, Japan to compete at the 18th Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC). Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC) – a competition that provides a chance for former national athletes aged 35 to 95 years old to test their abilities once again and demonstrate their skills in the sport of athletics.
The whole team is now back in the Philippines after their successful performances on their respective events. Our athletes won 3 Golds, 2 Silver and 5 Bronzes for a total of 10 medals. Our friend Edward Kho of Corregidor Marathon was one of them and he won a bronze medali for 4×400 MR. Congrats Coach Edward!
El Lobo Energy Drink, one of their official sponsors organized a welcome and a victory lunch at Aristocrat, Manila to honor the achievements of our hard working athletes. The event was attended by the media, bloggers and friends of the athletes.
Here are the Team’s highlights during the event:
Margarito Baniqued, a Gintong Alay program recipient in the 80’s opened the team’s campaign by winning the Bronze Medal in the 5,000 M Walk (M50- 54). In the early going, Erlinda Lavandia salvaged another Bronze medal in Hammer Throw (W60-64) heaving 21.27 meters in the process. Linda admitted that it was her first-ever attempt in her almost 40 year career to participate in the event and never prepared for it.
On 21 Sept. Ms. Lavandia captured Silver Medals in both Shot Put and Discus Throw events for W60-64 age category. The following day, she outclassed Japan’s Matsuoka Kanako and Kobo Tomiko in Javelin Throw by winning GOLD and retaining the Game’s Record she posted in 2012. Followed by John Lozada’s Bronze Medal win in 800M race for M40-44. The day’s campaign ended with golden performance courtesy of Emerson Obiena’s 4.00M finished in Pole Vault event for M45-49.
Multi-event specialist, Elma Muros-Posadas, attempted to contribute to the over-all showing of Team Philippine Masters as she has done in the past. However, her continuous training went to naught when she injured her ankle in her first attempt in long jump eventually withdrawing her entry in 800 M hurdles and 4 x 100 M relay.
The last day saw the winning performances of the relay teams. Mesdames Victorina Calma, Elenita Punelas, Salve Bayaban and Jeanette Obiena clocked 58 Minutes and 56 seconds to win the Bronze Medal in 4 x 100 MR (W40-44). This was followed by another Bronze Medal performance of 4 Minutes 6.58 seconds in 4 x 400 MR (M40-44) courtesy of Julio Bayaban, John Lozada, Edward Kho and Emerson Obiena.
Danilo Fresnido, an enlisted personnel and former SEA Gamer ended the campaign with a big bang plunging his spear with a distance of 63.58 Meters, thus, winning the GOLD and establishing new AMAC’s record in Javelin Throw (M40-44).
The successful performance of Team Philippine Masters was made possible by the support of their sponsors Soma Sports watch, L Time Studio, Petron, San Miguel, El Lobo energy drink and Philippine Sports Commission.
Congratulations Team Philippine Masters!