Tuesday, December 15, 2009

25th SEA GAMES - Double Gold Medal For Marathon

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It’s a DOUBLE GOLD for JHO-AN BANAYAG and EDUARDO BUENAVISTA at the 25th SEA GAMES in the female and Male Marathon events. With Jho-an Banayag registering a time of 02h 46m 34s and Eduardo Buenavista registering at 02h21m10s. The finals event was held on December 15, 2009 at 06:15am at Main Stadium, National Sports Complex at Vientiane Laos. With these medal finishes, running which has been experiencing resurgence and popularity this year, will definitely inspire more to take up the sport. We still have more young and able men and ladies out there who have been hitting the roads on weekend races that show great potential for serious development. Next step is idenifying these assets and providing support and training to built up our pool of runners. To EDUARDO BUENAVISTA and JHO-AN BANAYAG you both have made us proud of your accomplishment. MABUHAY KAYO!

Coming in 6th in the female marathon event was also a Filipina CHRISTABEL MARTES with a time of 03h00m31s this will just highlight that we have great talents in running.

On another event in athletics which is for the Male 20km Race Walk event our entry and my dear friend MICHAEL EMBUEDO was only able to land the 4th place with a time of 01h 41m 54s. Michael might have missed a podium finish this time, but, given the trials and obstacle that he went through just to be included in the National Team was already a feat in itself. Congratulations as well to you Mike.

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I pray that sports authorities give more support and exposure to MARATHON EVENTS AND RACE WALKING eventS that we as Filipinos can definitely excel given the right backing.

Those who are interested on what and how is race walking executed, please click on my side widget of ICABOD and a video on Race Walking can be seen.

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