Lavandia eyes new records in 18th AMAC

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


PRIMED senior athlete Erlinda Lavandia will try to break records anew in the 2014 Asia Masters Athletics Championship in September at the Athletic Field of Kitakami Sports Park in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

Lavandia, a former Philippine women’s track and field team member, will attempt to break her former records in AMAC's 18th edition.

“So far, continuous lang ang training ko, regular pa rin ang mga drills na ginagawa para at least kahit papaano ready ako for the Asian Masters,” Lavandia told Sun.Star Baguio.

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In 2012, Lavandia became the most bemedalled Filipino athlete in the 17th AMAC held in Taipei, Taiwan after securing three gold medals from the shot put, hammer throw, and even bested her own record in the javelin event.

Back then, the Philippines ranked eighth overall after bringing home a total of 30 medals - eight gold, seven silver, and five bronze.

“Hopefully, kaya ko pang mag-set ng bagong record this time, sa palagay malakas pa naman tayo and malaki pa rin ang kumpiyansa ko na we can still make our country proud,” said Lavandia, a former policewoman.

Last October, the 62-year-old javelin queen snatched a gold medal in the 22nd World Master Athletics in Puerto Alegre, Brazil after throwing her javelin in a total distance of 39.83 meters.

Since she started competing in the Asian Masters in 1994, the Baguio City based athlete has collected nine gold medals in the javelin throw event.

Lavandia will remain to compete this year in the 60-64 years old age bracket. Historically, she owns all javelin throw records in 35-40 years old (set in Jakarta, 1994), 41-45 years old (Okinawa, 1998), 46-50 years old (Dalian, China 2002) and 51-55 years old (Kuala Lumpur, 2010) divisions.

Other countries to be present during the 18th AMAC will include Uzbekistan, Brunei, Indonesia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, China, India, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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