Philippine athletics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine athletics


Former PH track standout Rafael Batac dies at 61

Jul 09, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Lanao del Norte native Rafael Batac held the Philippine junior records in 3 steeplechase events in the 1980s

HARD WORKER. Fellow athletes say Rafael Batac soldiered on amid the tough competition in the national pool. Contributed photo from Tony Benson

PATAFA finds ways to help athletes after allowance cut

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Although Philippine athletics tries to find solutions, it stumbles into more problems that need to be solved

FINDING WAYS. PATAFA continues its search for a solution for its athletes to continue training after a golden 2019 Southeast Asian Games performance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH athletics national open to serve as Olympic qualifier

May 26, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The country's top track and field athletes get a chance to make their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cuts in December 2020

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Sprinter Kristina Knott vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the 2020 edition. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Big leap: Khay Santos eyes national athletics team return

May 01, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Back from a hiatus, former SEA Games long jump medalist Khay Santos hopes to crack the Philippine team again

LOCKDOWN TRAINING. Forced to train at home, Khay Santos finds ways to stay fit. Contributed photo

Unheralded Bautista, Calano run away with SEA Games athletics golds

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Philippine bets Clinton Kingsley Bautista and Melvin Calano deliver golden surprises on Day 4 of athletics action

AGAINST ODDS. Clinton Kingsley Bautista manages to top the men's 110m hurdles just right after recovering from a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH athletes see silver lining in tough road to glory

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'I think everybody here knows that we lost a lot of times before we actually won,' says Olympic pole vault qualifier EJ Obiena

GOLDEN TRIO. (from left to right) Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena bring glory to the Philippines on the world stage. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

EJ Obiena bags 2019 Universiade pole vault gold, sets new PH record

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The national athletics team standout shatters the Philippine pole vault record yet again

File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Corrales-Nelson surpasses Lydia de Vega's 200m PH mark

May 25, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Filipino-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson shatters the 33-year-old record of the Philippine athletics legend

WATCH: Why this Filipina trackster ran alone for 1st Arafura gold

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Despite being the lone participant in her event, Abigail Manzano decides to run for the first 2019 Arafura Games athletics gold

DETERMINED. Abigail Manzano clinches the Philippines and the 2019 Arafura Games athletics' first gold medal. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PH bags 10 gold medals in 2019 Arafura Games opener

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Philippine athletics leads the golden haul with 7 mints in the opening day of the 2019 Arafura Games

DOUBLE GOLD. John Lloyd Cabalo leads the athletics team with two gold medals in the 2019 Arafura Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Cray leads 13 PH tracksters in 2019 Asian championship

Apr 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

National team star Eric Cray looks to defend his 400-meter hurdles title in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship

HIGHER GOAL. Eric Cray and the Philippine athletics team vie to surpass their medal haul in the 2017 edition. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Fil-Am pole vaulter shatters 11-year national record

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Natalie Uy’s record-breaking feat boosts Philippine athletics' gold-medal hopes in the 2019 SEA Games

STELLAR DEBUT. Natalie Uy shatters an 11-year-old national record in her debut competition in the Philippines. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee website

Marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal ready for grueling 2019

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:26 PM

The country’s marathon sensation is all set for her campaigns in the 2019 SEA Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers

SIX-PEAT. Mary Joy Tabal bags a record sixth straight title in the Milo Marathon National Finals last December. Photo release

PH picks up 4 ASEAN Schools Games golds

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Four members of the Philippine athletics girls’ team deliver in the opening weekend of the regional competition for student-athletes

RECORD-BREAKER. Evangelene Caminong  sets a new Philippine junior record in high jump. Photo from PH girls coach Addy Arca's Facebook account

Marestella Sunang, PH athletics team find new home

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The country's long jump record holder becomes the first national team member to train at the Vermosa Sports Hub

REDEMPTION. Long jump specialist MarestellaTorres-Sunang is looking to bounce back from her lackluster 2014 Asian Games finish. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

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

PH Athletics Championships: Caminong sets national junior high jump record

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The farmer's daughter smashes the two-year-old mark of Kaylene Mosqueda

BRIGHT FUTURE. Evangeline Caminong hopes to make it to the national team.

PH Athletics Championships: Rookie Sequita impresses in 400m

Jun 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The 23-year-old rookie emerges as a surprise runner-up to Dilip Ruwan of Sri Lanka

PH Athletics Championships: Fuentes makes winning long jump comeback

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:02 PM

The returning national team member makes the most out of his second chance

Hurdler bags PH's lone gold in 2018 Thailand Open

May 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The Philippines also collects 5 silver medals

CHAMPION. Francis Media shrugs off the scorching heat to bag gold in 2018 Thailand Open Track and Field Championship. Photo from Medina's Facebook account

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

13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

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

Long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang talks motherhood, road to SEA Games

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The 3 time Olympian also gives advice for aspiring athletes who hope to reach the world stage

SHORT OF THE MARK. Marestella Torres-Sunang equals her longest jump at the 2012 Olympics but bows out in the preliminaries for the third straight time. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

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

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

JRU criminology grad Harry Diones breaks PH triple jump record

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:18 PM

Harry Diones leaps 16 29 meters to erase the old mark of 15 92 meters set by Joebert Delicano in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos

RECORD-BREAKER. Harry Diones (L), seen here with his coach Jojo Posadas, breaks the 7-year Philippine triple jump record. Photo from

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

Gretchen Ho on being a champion: ‘You can’t do it all on your own’

Aug 28, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The pro athlete and host shares how her friends and family helped her find and nurture her passion for volleyball

SPIKE! The dazzling champions of the first-ever #MyNesteaBeach Fantasy Volleyball Match.

Japoy Lizardo on leaving a legacy

Aug 26, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The celebrated national athlete talks about Taekwondo and how the sport has inspired him to be champion in life

PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Hidilyn Diaz to get P5M, other benefits required by law

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:52 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao chairman of the Senate sports committee is set to conduct an inquiry into the government s failure to give incentives to winning athletes as mandated by law

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz makes history as a silver medalist for the Philippines at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

PH Olympians have already made their country proud - official

Jul 30, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta calls a one hour meeting with the Philippine delegation to remind everyone to remain cautious and do their best in Rio

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

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 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

Obiena caps banner year for athletics

Dec 23, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Ernest John Obiena won the Singapore Open in a new national mark of 5 20m

Ernest John Obiena at the 27TH Southeast Asian Games. Photo from

UST pole vaulter Obiena reaches new heights

Jul 29, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Ernest James Obiena leapt to another Philippine record in the pole vault during the weekly relays last Sunday at the Philsports Arena

SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS. Ernest James Obiena of UST has broken his own Philippine record. Photo from Obiena's Facebook

FACT SHEET: Athletes of Team Philippines

Jul 24, 2012 - 11:37 AM

Get to know the athletes of Team Philippines and what makes each of them stand out