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    Pole vaulter Chee's best not good enough for Asia Masters gold medal

    Nov 5, 2012

    CHINESE-TAIPEI - The rest of the Philippine Team stepped up in the absence of injured anchor Elma Muros-Posadas on Monday as it clinched two silver and three bronze medals to make up for a gold that got away in the 17th Asia Masters Athletics Championships at the Taipei City Sports Parkon Monday.

    Antonio Chee tried to to lift the Filipinos' spirits when he broke his own games record in the pole vault event for men 35-39 years old, only to see his new mark quickly erased by Yang Mu-wei of host Chinese-Taipei in his fourth throw.

    Gold medal winner Yang now owns the new record in the event with his heave of 4.40 meters, beating silver medallist Chee's 3.80 meters, which also surpassed Chee's own past record of 3.70m established in 2010 in Kuala Lumpur.

    Yang Zen-zong of Chinese-Taipei was third (3.50 m).

    John Lozada also gave the Philippines another silver medal in the 1500-m event for men 35-39 years old. He ran the distance in four minutes and 29.48 seconds, behind gold medal winner G.N. Karunathinaka of Sri Lanka, who clocked 4:28.67.

    H.D. Chaminda of Sri Lanka was third (4:32.67)

    Team Philippines now has three gold, five silver, and three bronze medals after three days in the competition - a respectable count considering Muros-Posadas was sidelined by a right thigh injury that cost her bid for a second gold medal in the 80m hurdles for women 45-49 years old.

    Muros-Posadas earlier bagged the 100m run (45-49 years) gold to complement the gold medals won by Lerma Bulauitan-Gabito (women's 100m run, 35-39 years) and Erlinda Lavandia (women's javelin throw, 60 years old).

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    Aside from Chee and Lozada, also winning silver medals were Victorina Calma in the women's 35-39 years old 800-m run, Aurora Ramos in the 100-m dash for women 50-54 years old, and Lozada again in the 800-meter race for men 35-39 years old.

    Bronze medals were won by Helen Castillo, Arnel Lobos and Agustin Jarina for the team supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Mizuno, Score (SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy), Sen. Chiz Escudero, Rexona, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

    Castillo placed third in the 400m run for women 55-59 years old, Lobos was also third in the 100m-hurdles for men 55-59 years old (18.11 seconds), while Jarina's heave of 35.30 meters was also good for a bronze in hammer throw for men 55-59 years old.

    Muros-Posadas pulled out of the 200m race and is doubtful to compete in her favorite long jump event. She, however, vowed to help the women's 4x100m relay team on Wednesday if pain in her thigh subsides.

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