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    Herrera goes to Games on back of silver finish

    Jul 2, 2012
    Steeplechase specialist Rene Herrera takes second place in the 5,000 meters. Jerome Ascano

    OLYMPIC-BOUND long-distance runner Rene Herrera settled for the silver medal as the Philippines wound up its campaign in the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships with two gold medals.

    In his final event before the 2012 London Olympics, Herrera finished the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15 minutes, 1.73 seconds to take second spot behind Mun Jeong Ki of Korea, who topped the race in 14:59.41. Li Han-hsuan of Chinese Taipei took third in 15:37.77.

    Herrera, who will leave for London on Wednesday to participate in the pre-Olympic Games training, will compete in the same event during the Olympics. He is one of 11 Filipino Olympic hopefuls in London.

    Veterans Rosie Villarito and Narcisa Atienza bagged the Philippines’ gold medals in the track meet held June 30 to July 1 at the Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground in Hong Kong.

    The 33-year-old Villarito ruled the women’s javelin throw with a 48.48m effort besting Atienza, who finished second with a throw of 43.68m. Lau Hei-ting of Hong Kong  was third with a 36.90m leap.

    Atienza bounced back in the high jump, grabbing the top spot with a leap of 1.73m. Yeung Man-wai of Hong Kong placed second with 1.68m followed by Yo Xiaozhen of China with a 1.65m.

    Atienza also copped the silver medal in the shotput event with a throw of 11.67m with Ho Yin-chui winning the gold with a 12.08m effort.

    Loralie Sermona took home a silver medal in the women’s hammer throw after registering 50.23m -- a mark only bested by the gold-medal throw of Kang Na Ru of Korea, who had a 57.42m.

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    Edgardo Alejan Jr. was also the second-best in the 400m run with a clocking of 48.41 seconds with Nakajima Masamichi of Japan taking home the gold with a time of 47.09 seconds.

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    Steeplechase specialist Rene Herrera takes second place in the 5,000 meters. Jerome Ascano
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