Clinton Bautista shines for PH athletics team

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) – Clinton Bautista was the top performer for Team Philippines in the third day of athletics competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Monday at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Bautista retained his men’s 110-meter hurdles title after tallying a time of 13.78 seconds.

Singaporean Chen Xian Ang came in close with a silver medal finish of 13.94 seconds, leading by a hairline against bronze medalist Natthapon Dansungnoen of Thailand with 13.99 seconds.

Alvin John Vergel, the other Filipino in the men’s 110-meter hurdles meet, finished in sixth place with 14.73 seconds.

Bautista’s female counterpart Jelly Dianne Paragile won the bronze medal as she finished with a time of 13.72 seconds.

Paragile’s performance closely trailed those of gold medalist Nguyen Bui Thi of host nation Vietnam (13.51 seconds) and silver medalist Emilia Nova of Indonesia (13.69 seconds).

Melissa Escoton followed Paragile with a fourth place finish of 13.86 seconds.

In women’s pole vault, defending champion Natalie Uy failed to bag her second straight SEA Games crown after she encountered problems with her poles, causing her to withdraw in the tournament.

The consolation for Team Philippines was the bronze medal finish of Alyana Nicolas, who cleared 3.60 meters.

Malaysian pole vaulter Nor Sarah Adi Binti won the gold medal with a 4.00-meter clearance and Thailand’s Chonthicha Khabut bagged the silver medal after breaching 3.80 meters.

Other Filipino athletics bets like long jump veterans Marestella Torres and Katherine Santos, sprinters Said Guermali and Junel Gobotia, and the women’s and men’s 4x100 meter relay teams did not deliver a medal-winning performance.

The Filipinos seek to bounce back in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, men’s triple jump, and women’s heptathlon, among other events, lined up on Tuesday.