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[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Kristina Knott

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Fil-Am sprinter Kristina Knott discovers her Filipino identity by representing the country

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

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

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

Parents of Palarong Pambansa 2018 athletes say their fight is also our fight

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The parents have descended in full force in Vigan for the Palaro

FAMILY FIGHT. Ringo Borlain always supports his daughter Tara when she competes.  Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Barefoot Bicolana lass is Palarong Pambansa 2018's first gold medalist

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Lheslie de Lima dedicates her first Palarong Pambansa gold medal to detained Senator Leila de Lima, whom her lolo says is a 'close relative'

Lheslie de Lima from Camsur (bicol athletic region )the first gold medalist of the games showing her feet as she ran barefeet . Photo by Mau Victa

Cagayan Valley leads early Palarong Pambansa 2018 medal race

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:26 PM

A niece of detained Senator Leila de Lima who ran barefoot is among the early gold medal winners in the Palarong Pambansa hosted by Vigan

GOLD MEDAL. Rashied Faith Burdeos, who won gold for the shot put, poses for a photo with his coaches. Photo courtesy of Jose Gumabay

Karen Janairo rules 200m in Singapore Open athletics meet

Apr 13, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Janairo's win gives the Philippines two golds medals here

2017 dynasties in UAAP Sports

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Get to know the UAAP Sports teams who are establishing an era of excellence

Mona Sulaiman, Asia's fastest woman of early '60s, dies at 75

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Sulaiman had starred for the Philippines at the 1962 Asian Games

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

'Superhuman' wanted – Bolt exit leaves vacuum to fill

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At one point athletics resembled Usain Bolt down and out on the track Now the sport is rebuilding its image

Gatlin hails Bolt the 'showman' despite relay flop

Aug 13, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Gold medalist Justin Gatlin says Usain Bolt is a great athlete and still the best in the world

Sad farewell for injured Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Usain Bolts suffers a cramp in his left hamstring during the race but refuses to ride in a wheelchair off the track

Norovirus continues to plague world champs

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:49 AM

There are 3 confirmed cases of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships in London

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

Long jumper Janry Ubas wins at Thailand Open Track and Field Championship

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Janry Ubas clears 7 78 meters to win the long jump in the Thailand Open Track and Field Championship in Bangkok

GOLD. Janry Ubas (C) is seen beside a competitor and national coach Jojo Posadas. Photo from Janry Ubas' Facebook page

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

IN PHOTOS: Palarong Pambansa 2017 athletes' quest for glory

Apr 28, 2017 - 7:43 PM

An athlete s passion is the true heart of the competition

AIM BIG, LEAP HIGH. Eastern Visayas athlete takes an extra effort to escalate the challenge of the high jump athletic event at the Binarayan Sports Complex.

Arise 'Sir Andy', 'Sir Mo' as Murray, Farah knighted

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:56 PM

Murray s knighthood caps a dream season of finishing as the year end world number one for the first time while Farah receives his knighthood after he retained his 5 000 and 10 000 meters titles at the Rio Olympics

KNIGHTHOOD. Andy Murray and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah will each receive a knighthood in the New Year Honors. File photos by GLYN KIRK and ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP

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

Cray looking forward to future; Sunang unsure of what's next

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:02 PM

What s next for Eric Cray and Marestella Torres Sunang after the Rio Olympics?

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

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Aug 17, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Cray fails to qualify for the final after coming up 7th in the first semifinal heat with a time of 49 37 seconds

END OF THE ROAD. Eric Cray's Rio Olympics road ends as he fails to qualify into the men's 400m hurdles final. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

PH hurdler Eric Cray not intimidated by Olympic competition

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM

After acceding to his mother s request to try and change the athletic culture in the Philippines the Filipino American hurdler is in Rio to give it his all

OPENING DAY. Eric Cray has set his goal on making the finals. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee/Action Images via Reuters

PH long jumper Torres-Sunang takes cue from silver medalist Diaz

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang like Hidilyn Diaz is in her third Olympics She s hoping the third time is the charm for her as well

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is now a 3-time Olympian with hopes of finally making her mark on the world stage. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Drug-tainted US sprinters try to upstage Bolt at Rio Olympics

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:19 PM

One US runner claims his positive drug tests were caused by penis enlargement treatment

Usain Bolt eyes Olympic 'triple triple' as athletics emerges from darkest hour

Jul 29, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Already a 6 time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is hoping to add to his accomplishments

ROAD TO RIO. Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 100m race at the IAAF World challenge Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 20 May 2016. EPA/FILIP SINGER

Usain Bolt aims for more Olympic glory in Rio

Jul 12, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Bolt seeks to become the first man to win 3 straight triple triples after wins in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012

ROAD TO RIO. Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 100m race at the IAAF World challenge Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 20 May 2016. EPA/FILIP SINGER

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

Filipino runner Eric Cray nabs IAAF gold in Sweden

Jul 01, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Cray will head to the 2016 Rio Olympics with momentum

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Eric Cray earned the Philippines another gold medal in athletics. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

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

Marestella Torres Sunang falls short of Rio 2016 qualification

Apr 28, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Sunang fell short of the Olympic qualifying mark but the Philippine Track and Field Association is looking into other avenues to qualify her

STRONG SECOND. Marestella Torres Sunang leapt 6.40 meters, short of the 6.70 Olympic qualifying mark. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH athletes bag medals in Southeast Asian Youth Championship

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:44 PM

Karen Janario wins the 200 meters in 25 43 seconds but gets the silver in her main event the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14 77 seconds

GOLD. Trackster Karen Janario (C) wins the gold medal for the 200 meter event at the Southeast Asian Youth Championship in Thailand. Photo from Janario's Facebook account

Honor student athlete shatters 100m dash Palaro record

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Breaking the record was already beyond overwhelming for SOCCSKSARGEN trackster Feberoy Kasi

Central Luzon athlete shows resiliency amid physical adversity

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Ma Cielo Dimain Honasan has had to overcome much since birth She remains resilient and dreams of one day competing in the Asian Games

LIVING A DREAM. Ma. Cielo Honasan (2nd from left) together with her coach Ragie Dioniso (third from left), assistant coach Lamberto Nicolas (R), chaperon and Elvie Mangahas. Photo by Ricky V. Tid/Rappler

Leyte runner dedicates life to training in hopes of making PH team

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Aldwin Ysidoro s choice to concentrate on athletics is a different path compared to the ones taken by his 3 older siblings