Lavandia hopeful in 18th Asian Masters

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


WITH three more months of preparation, Erlinda Lavandia is certain to gain another accolade for the country in the 2014 Asian Masters Athletics Championship slated September at the Kitakami Sports Park in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

“Isa pa rin tayo sa mga malalakas na competitors doon sa Asian Masters, so far confident pa rin tayo na mag-uuwi ulit tayo ng gold medal after ng competition doon,” Lavandia told Sun.Star.

The 62 year old former policewoman said she feels younger and more competitive every time she competes in international events.

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Back in 2012, Lavandia became the most bemedalled Filipino athlete in the 17th AMAC held in Taipei, China after securing three gold medals from the shotput, hammer throw, and even broke her own record in the javelin event.

Lavandia was among the indispensable key players in keeping the Philippines in its eighth overall in the final medal ranking bringing home a total of 20 medals - eight gold, seven silver, and five bronze.

The former Philippine women’s track and field team member will attempt to break her former records as the 18th edition of the AMAC kicks off.

“Ako rin ang record holder in most of the throwing events even when I started sa mas younger age brackets before, ngayon ang target ko ay mabreak ulit ang mga previous na performance ko,” Lavandia said.

“Ang importante continuous and regular ang training, at dapat focused pagdating ng competition,” Lavandia added.

In October 2013, the Ilonggo born javelin queen snatched another gold medal in the 22nd World Master Athletics in Puerto Alegre, Brazil after throwing her javelin in a 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.

She will compete in the 60-64 years old age brackets. 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 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 Chinese Taipei.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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