- July 31, 2021 03:59
By Peter Albert Soriano
Choosing to bear the name of the Philippines after showcasing stellar performances last Season 78 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), Jomar Angus, Janry Ubas and, Clinton Bautista of Far Eastern University (FEU) Tracksters cop a gold, two silvers and, a bronze in different Track and Field events of 2016 ASEAN University Games (AUG) last July 12 to 17 held at Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore.
Angus bagged a gold medal after conquering the men’s 1500 meter dash event with 3 minutes and 59.47 seconds upsetting Elbren Neri with only .04 milliseconds recording 3 minutes and 59.51 seconds placing second which is also from the Philippines. Ahmad Luth Hamizan of Malaysia finished third spot with a time of 4 minutes and 3 milliseconds.
Angus copped another medal after competing in men’s 3000 meter steeplechase event with 9 minutes and 41.49 seconds finishing on the second place falling on the hands of Hamizan with 9 minutes and 30.96 seconds. Sysavath Thamavong Chith of Laos landed at third spot with a time of 9:53.64.
“I'm so happy and proud sa sarili ko na nakuha ko ‘yung gold and silver medals sa ASEAN University Games kahit it is my first time to compete in AUG so hindi ko pa masyadong kilala ‘yung mga kalaban ko. Malaki ang pasasalamat ko po kay God dahil sa kanya nakuha ko ‘yung gold medal at sa coach ko po sa National team na si Coach Rene Herrera dahil po sa kanyang pag-training at pagtuturo sa akin, nakuha ko ‘yung goal ko (I’m so happy and proud to myself that I got the gold and silver medal in ASEAN University Games even though it is my first time to compete in AUG so I do not quite know my opponents yet. I am grateful to God because of Him I got the gold medal and to the coach of National Team, Coach Rene, because of his training to us and his teachings, I reached my goal),” Angus said.
“Hindi ko po ine-expect na matatalo ko ‘yung mga kalaban ko kasi ‘yung iba doon naglalaro na sa SEA Games pero pagdating po ng last 150 meters may lakas pa pala akong natitira at naabutan ko sila sa finish line. (I did not expect that I will beat my opponents because some of them are already competing in SEA (Southeast Asian) Games but when it comes to the last 150 meters, I realized that I still have a remaining strength and reached them in the finish line),” Angus added.
Another silver medalist, Ubas gained 7.50 meters and 0.6 wind points in men’s Long Jump downed by Indonesia’s Sapwaturrhaman Sapwaturrhaman reaching 7.50 meters and -1.7 wind points. Van Cong Nguyen of Vietnam took home a bronze with 7.41 meters.
Bautista settled for a bronze medal in the men’s 400 meter hurdles with 53.14 seconds after being troubled by the champion, Andrian Andrian of Indonesia forming 52.83 seconds and the runner-up, Khanom Nattapong of Thailand creating 52.85 seconds.
Bryan-Jay Pachero and William Garcelan also participated in AUG. Pachero landed on 5th place in men’s Shot Put event while Garcelan finished at 9th spot in Men’s 200 meter dash and 10th place in 100 meter dash.