CLINTON BAUTISTA ECLIPSES SEA GAMES RECORD TO DEFEND GOLD IN 110 METER HURDLES
Clinton Kingsley Bautista successfully defended his title in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Monday at My Dinh Stadium in Vietnam.
The former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University broke his own Southeast Asian Games record that he won in the 2019 SEA Games at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium.
Bautista clocked 13.78 seconds, eclipsing his own record at 13.97 to bag the third gold in athletics for the Philippines, joining winners EJ Obiena of pole vault and William Morrison of shot put.
The Tarlac native outdid Chen Xiang Ang of Singapore, who finished second, with a time of 13.40 seconds, and Thailand’s Natthaphon Dansungnoen, who finished third, with 13.99 seconds.
“Hindi ko expected ito, kasi sila (Thai and Singaporean) ang may leading time bago itong SEA Games,” said Bautista, the only Filipino to ever win the 110-meter hurdles in the biennial meet.
Filipino Alvin John Vergel also competed in the tourney but fell short of a podium, finishing in sixth place with a time of 14.73 seconds.
Meanwhile, Jelly Dianne Paragile Casalme captured the bronze medal in the women’s 100m hurdles with 13.720 seconds behind Emilia Nova of Indonesia (13.510) and Vietnam’s Nguyen Bui Thi (13.690).
Alyana Joyce Martinez also bagged third place in the women’s pole vault, with a jump of 3.6 meters behind Nor Sarah Adi Binti of Malaysia (4.00m), and Chonthicha Khabut of Thailand (3.80 meters).