ELMA Muros-Posadas, former long jump queen of Asia, leads a big Philippine delegation leaving on Thursday for Chinese-Taipei with an aim of winning at least 10 gold medals in the 17th Asia Masters Athletics Championships.
Muros-Posadas, already a multiple gold medal winner in this competition for veteran athletes, is not the only recognizable face in the 24-athlete team as former Southeast Asian Games medallists Lerma Bulaitan-Gabito, Emerson Obiena and Erlinda Lavandia are also taking part in the November 2-7 event, along with Antonio Chee, Elenita Punelas, Danny Jarin, and John Lozada.
Together, they will comprise the top group of veterans tipped to lead the bid to surpass their haul of five mints from the same tournament in 2010 in Malaysia.
"This is the biggest Philippine delegation yet to take part in the Asia Masters," said Manny Ibay, president of the National Masters and Seniors Athletic Association (NMSAA)
"Hindi tayo nase-zero (in medals) sa tournament na ito," Ibay added.
Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ritchie Garcia wished the team well, saying: "Our veteran athletes continue to make us proud even years after they have made big contributions to Philippine sports at the prime of their careers. The Asia Masters will again prove to be a source of pride for the Philippines despite the presence of very strong teams and bigger delegations from the likes of China and Japan in the tournament."
The campaign of the team is backed by the PSC, and ably supported by Score (SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy), Sen. Chiz Escudero, Rexona, Mizuno, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Muros-Posadas is entered in her pet event long jump, the 100m and 200m run, and the 4x100m relay. She may still be entered in a fifth event, according to Ibay.
Obiena will take part in the men's century dash and pole vault; Lavandia in shot put, javelin, and discus throw events; Chee in pole vault and javelin throw; Punelas in long jump and 4x100 relay; Bulaitan-Gabito in long jump and 4x100 relay; Jarin in hammer and discus throws; and Lozada in the 400m and 800m events.