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Uy, Nicolas tatalunin ang SEAG gold-silver

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Lulundagin nina ­Filipino-American ­athlete Natalie Uy at Alyana Nicolas ang gold-silver medals sa women’s pole vault ng 30th Southeast Asian Games 2019 athletics.

Nasa Estados ­Unidos ang dalawa para sa ­huling bahagi ng preparasyon sa SEA Games na susulong sa ­Nobyembre 30-­Disyembre 11 sa 20,000-seat New Clark City athletics’ stadium sa loob ng 9,500-hectare NCC Sports Complex.

“Both Natalie and ­Alyana are serious and hardworking athletes, who always want to ­improve and push the envelope. Natalie is now in Arkansas ­training ­under Sam Bell of the well-known Arkansas-based Bell Sports. Alyana is in San Jose, California, training under 1991 SEA Games gold medalist, Fil-Am pole vaulter, Edward Lasquete. I’m hoping for a 1-2 finish in the women’s pole vault of the SEA Games,” litany ni Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association President Philip Ella Juico.

Unang napansin si Uy nang makamedal­yang ginto sa 2019 Phi­lippine National Open ­Athletics Championships nitong March sa Ilagan City Sports Complex, sa record 4.12 ­meters sa first try pa lang na ­bumura sa ­11-year national ­women’s mark na 4.11m ni Deborah Samson mula sa 2008 California Regionals.
Nagpilak si Nicolas sa natalong 3.8.

Makaraan ang isang buwan, naka-bronze medal si Uy sa Asian Athletics Championship sa Doha, Qatar kung saan ni-reset ang kanyang PH mark sa 4.20m sa likod ni Chinese star Li Ling (4.61) at compatriot Xu Hiquin’s (4.36).