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    Lavandia, Gabito pick up cudgels for PH team

    Nov 6, 2012

    CHINESE-TAIPEI - Erlinda Lavandia and Lerma Bulauitan-Gabito won two of the four golds Team Philippines seized on Tuesday in the 17th Asia Masters Athletics Championships at the Taipei City Sports Park.

    Gabito surpassed compatriot Elma Muros-Posadas' games record in claiming her second gold medal with a victory in the long jump event for women 35-39 years old.

    She leaped 5.50 meters to eclipse Muros-Posadas' 5.32m record established in Bangkok in 2004, and beat Paul Shy Lu of India (4.46m) and Sinobu Harada of Japan (4.22m) for the gold.

    Gabito earlier won the century dash for her age group on Sunday.

    Lavandia, coming off her record win in the javelin throw for women 60-64 years old on Sunday, was just as impressive when she beat all comers in the hammer throw with her 9.54-meter heave.

    The celebration however, was somehow dampened by the decision of Muros-Posadas to withdraw from her remaining events in the tournament.

    She did not compete in her long jump specialty, and was pulled out of the 200-m run and the 4x100 relay on Wednesday due to a painful mass on her thigh as a result of her injury sustained while competing in the 80m hurdles for women 45-49 years old also last Sunday.

    Muros-Posadas will be replaced by Lorna Vejano in the relay team composed of Aurora Ramos, Perla Lobos and Salve Bayaban.

    But Team Philippines stood proud despite losing other gold medal chances with Muros-Posadas' withdrawal as it added two silvers on top of the four golds it collected on Tuesday. The haul brought the Philippine count to seven gold, seven silver, and three bronze medals with still a day left in the competition.

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