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Hurdlers Medina, Unso strike gold in Vietnam Open

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Philippine bets Francis Medina and Patrick Unso shine in the last major athletics event before the Asian Games

CHAMP. Philippine bet Francis Medina (center) rules the 400m hurdles at the Vietnam Open. Photo from Medina’s Facebook account

Milo Marathon champions to represent PH in 2019 SEA Games

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Laoag hosts the 42nd edition where the winners will get more than just cash rewards

Athletics president Philip Juico gives his full confidence to the Milo winners along with Milo consumer marketing manager Meg Panopio, business executive officer-senior vice president Joey Uy, brand ambassador Solenn Heussaff, business unit manager-vice president Willy de Ocampo, general manager Laurent Boisdton, national finals local race organizer Faivo Bartolome, and national race organizer Andrew Neri. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

Philippine athletics chief thumbs down Palarong Pambansa 2018 records

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The national athletics federation nullifies the records set by Veruel Verdadero, Eliza Cuyom, and Ann Katherine Quitoy as DepEd fails to follow protocol

SPEEDY STAR. Veruel Verdadero, a 16-year-old bet from Cavite, impresses in the 100-meter dash. File photo from Rappler

Injuries, crammed schedules hurt athletics team at 2017 SEA Games - PATAFA

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:46 AM

Philippine athletics looks to resolve issues from the 2017 SEA Games in preparation for the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 SEA Games

SETBACKS. SEA Games Athletics chief Philip Guijo looks to improve the situation of Philippine Athletics based on problems experienced int he 2017 SEA Games. File photo by PSC-POC Media

Athletics chief says SEA Games 2017 performance 'good build-up' to Asiad

Aug 26, 2017 - 4:09 PM

The Philippine athletics team already has 5 gold medals 3 silvers and 8 bronzes heading into the final day of athletics competition

GOLDEN BOY. Trenten Beram claims two gold medals for the Philippine athletics team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Photo from POC/PSC Media

Eric Cray disqualified for false start at IAAF World Championships

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Eric Cray s year best time of 49 50 would have been good enough to send him to the semis but a false start cuts his London 2017 stint short

DISAPPOINTMENT. Filipino sprinter Eric Cray is disqualified from the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries for jumping the gun. Screenshot from YouTube

With new poles, Obiena breaks own national record in Germany

Jul 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Philippine pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena clears 5 61 meters to break his own national record

BACK ON TRACK. Ernest John Obiena used his new poles to set a new national pole vault record. File photo from

Tabal recounts how MILO Marathon led her to international success

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Long before the Olympics Mary Joy Tabal had to start somewhere

FROM 5K TO MARATHON QUEEN. Mary Joy Tabal began running the Milo 5K. Now she's the 4-time defending MILO Marathon champion. File photo

PATAFA to buy 5 new poles for vaulter Obiena

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Ernest John Obiena had fallen on bad luck after his 8 poles were damaged beyond use on his way to Italy

BACK IN THE GAME. Ernest John Obiena will be able to resume training for the SEA Games as PATAFA stepped is stepping in to replace his training equipment. Photo from

Marathoner Tabal reinstated by PATAFA for SEA Games

Jun 15, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Mary Joy Tabal will get to compete at the 2017 SEA Games after reaching an agreement with PATAFA

BACK ON THE TEAM. Mary Joy Tabal has been allowed to compete at the Southeast Asian Games after a contentious, public dispute with the nation's track and field body. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

PATAFA sets conditions for Tabal's reinstatement

Jun 10, 2017 - 5:01 PM

PATAFA wants Tabal to meet several conditions in order to compete at the SEA Games including where and whom she trains with and withdrawing her letter of complaint

MARATHON QUEEN. Among the conditions being requested for Mary Joy Tabal's reinstatement are that she trains with a national coach in Manila or Baguio, and that she withdraws her complaint letter to the PSC. Photo from Tabal's Facebook

Congresswoman files resolution over Tabal's exclusion from SEA Games

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Gwendolyn Garcia files a resolution ordering an investigation into why the Philippines’ first female Olympic marathoner has been dropped from the SEA Games roster

LONG RUN. A Cebu congresswoman wants to inquire whether there are adequate laws available to athletes to appeal 'unreasonable, arbitrary and discriminatory decisions' by national sports associations after Mary Joy Tabal has been left off the SEA Games team. File photo

Tabal denies PATAFA claim she had resigned a second time

Jun 08, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Mary Joy Tabal says she won t admit she had resigned saying she was instead cut from the national team by PATAFA

SEEKING REINSTATEMENT. Mary Joy Tabal says she did not resign from the national team as PATAFA is claiming, and had assumed their disagreements were a matter of the past. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Mary Joy Tabal seeks national team reinstatement for SEA Games

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:57 PM

I’m still hoping they can accept me to represent the country for the SEA Games said a tearful Tabal

SEEKING REINSTATEMENT. (From L-R) Motorace Philippines Inc president Jonel Borromeo, coach John Philip Dueñas, Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, and PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez during a press conference. Photo by PJ Estan

Athletics coach Griffin lauds PH athletes' work ethic

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

They re like a family here They train together and work as a team adds coach Roshan Griffin who is training the Philippine athletics team for the upcoming SEAG

ALL SET. The Philippine team to the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games are set to leave for Nanjing on August 13. Photo by David Lozada/Rappler

PATAFA’s Juico on marathoner Tabal: ‘We don’t like you'

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:35 PM

This is issue has been going on for too long it is now time to take stop says PATAFA president Philip Juico

OUT OF FAVOR. PATAFA officials aired their grievances against marathon champ Mary Joy Tabal at a press conference on Monday. File photo

PATAFA to send athletes to Hong Kong, Ubas surpasses SEAG record

Jun 05, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Janry Ubas showcased a sneak peak of what may be to come by jumping further than the SEA Games record

Olympian Mary Joy Tabal dropped by PH national team

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Tabal the first Filipina to qualify for the Olympic marathon is no longer part of the national team

LONG DISTANCE. Mary Joy Tabal says being dropped by the Philippine national team is "painful." Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Torres-Sunang qualifies for third Olympics after record jump

Jul 05, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang s Philippine record breaking jump was within the allowable wind limits meaning she ll be heading to Rio

RIO BOUND. Marestella Torres-Sunang jumps back into the Rio Olympics after setting a new Philippine record with a 6.72 meter leap. Photo from Team Torres

Torres-Sunang breaks PH long jump record to reach Olympic qualifying mark

Jul 04, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang could be back in the Olympic fold if her 6 72 meters jump is certified by the IAAF

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang may have just snatched back her spot in the Rio Olympics with a strong showing in Kazakhstan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

High hopes for Rio gold after Eric Cray's World Challenge silver

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Cray smashes the Philippine national record at 48 98 in the 400 meter hurdles at the IAAF World Challenge Cup in Madrid

OLYMPIC HOPE. There are high hopes for Filipino-American Eric Cray to bag a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

PATAFA reinstates marathoner Mary Joy Tabal

Jun 14, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Tabal is one step closer to making it to the Rio Olympics and competing for the Philippines

REINSTATED. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal is reinstated by PATAFA to the Philippine national team. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Tabal meets PATAFA, but no decision yet on Rio Olympics

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Mary Joy Tabal is still not a lock to represent the Philippines at the Olympics despite making the qualifying time

LONG HAUL. Mary Joy Tabal could become the first Filipina to qualify for the Olympic marathon event, but there is still much to be settled among PATAFA officials. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Aiming for Rio, Tabal agrees to return to PATAFA

Jun 07, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Long distance runner Mary Joy Tabal wants to move on and focus on her dream of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

GRASSROOTS PROGRAM. Mary Joy Tabal with coach John Philip Duenas together with the kids from Guba, a mountain barangay in Cebu where Tabal came from, who they are training under the running grassroots program of the Cebu City Sports Commission. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

PATAFA may face tough decision after Tabal beats Olympic mark

May 30, 2016 - 9:58 PM

Mary Joy Tabal s Olympic qualifying time could put PATAFA in an unprecedented quagmire after Marestella Torres was granted an Olympic spot due to universality

LONG HAUL. Mary Joy Tabal could become the first Filipino to qualify for the Olympic marathon event, but there is still much to be settled among PATAFA officials. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Tabal makes marathon cut-off time for Rio Olympics

May 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Mary Joy Tabal beats the Olympic qualifying time at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon by 91 seconds but her entry is contingent upon PATAFA accepting the result

MARATHON QUEEN. Mary Joy Tabal (R) beat the Olympic qualifying time, but her participation in the Rio Olympics isn't yet solidified. Photo from Tabal's Facebook

Torres makes third Olympic squad; Obiena fails again to qualify for Rio

May 22, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Ernest John Obiena who is chasing an Olympic berth failed to qualify while Marestella Torres qualifies due to the universality clause

Kayla Richardson: Running towards an Olympic Dream

Feb 27, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Kayla Richardson is already the fastest woman in Southeast Asia She hopes to represent the Philippines against the world s best at the 2016 Summer Olympics

GOLDEN DREAMS. Kayla Richardson conquered track and field in South East Asia. Now she's focusing on the world stage. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

PATAFA bares Olympic hopefuls and challenges of regaining lost glory

Feb 10, 2016 - 3:33 PM

PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico admits the Philippines must harness Fil foreign talent but remains hopeful with homegrown development

US-based track athletes Kayla Richardson (L) and Eric Cray (R) were among the brightest spots for the Philippines at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. File photos by Reuters

Olympic watch: PH looks to athletics for medal hope

Jan 04, 2016 - 8:30 PM

With the Rio Olympics still 7 months away the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association is putting its pieces in place for a strong showing

OLYMPIC HOPE. Filipino-American Eric Cray is one of two Filipino athletes who have so far qualified for the 2016 Olympics. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

End of an era: Go Teng Kok steps down as PATAFA head

Jul 25, 2014 - 11:57 PM

Marking an end of an era in local athletics Go Teng Kok stepped down as head of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association

TRACKMASTERS. Philip Juico, newly-elected PATAFA president (left) with his predecessor Go Teng Kok, and American athletics patron James Lafferty (right) at a recent briefing. Photo by Manolo Pedralvez/Rappler