Lavandia eyes more medals in 18th AMAC

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Monday, September 1, 2014


REIGNING age group javelin queen Erlinda Lavandia will seek another prolific outing as she aims for another glorious performance in the 2014 Asian Masters Athletics Championship at the Athletic Field of Kitakami Sports Park in Iwate Prefecture, Japan on September 19-23.

Lavandia, a former Philippine women’s track and field team member, will attempt to break her former records as the 18th staging of the AMAC opens later this month.

The 62-year-old senior athlete is currently training in preparation for the international sports event.

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The former policewoman stated her plans in continuing to score honors for the Philippines from the different international competitions she will enter.

“Gusto ko pag balik ko mayroon nanaman medals akong iuuwi. Isa pa rin tayo sa mga malalakas na competitors doon sa Asian Masters, kaya confident pa ako na mag-uwi ulit ng gold medal after ng competition doon,” Lavandia told Sun.Star Baguio.

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

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

In October 2013, the Ilonggo born female athlete snatched a 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 remain to compete this year 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 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 Chinese Taipei.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 02, 2014.

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