Ulboc, Cray and Stuart Headline National Open 2016


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This year’s version of the National open is unique in many ways. First, this year’s championships year marks the forging of a long-term partnership between Ayala Corporation and the PATAFA, after long hours of comprehensive discussions. Hence, the 2016 edition is billed the Ayala Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships. In addition, this year’s National Open returns to the Philippine capital, the hub of athletics in the country. The three-day scorching, live, action-packed competition will be held on April 7, 8, and 9 in PhilSports (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig. It will be open to the public.

The competition will kick off at daybreak on April 7 then culminate on April 9 by 5:00pm. On each day, competitions will start at 6 AM and then have a 6-hour mid-day break and resume at 4 P.M. to end at 8 P.M. The six-hour break is to give the competitors and technical officials a respite from the extreme summer heat and to follow international conventional practice.

DAY 1  – April 7, 2016  (Done)

6:30am     Long Jump     FINAL     Women     —> Marestella Torres (will it be her swan song; will she be able to make the 6.70m Olympic qualifier?)
4:30pm   Hammer Throw    FINAL    Men    –> Caleb Stuart (his main event; he set a new SEA record in the last SEA Games)
7:30pm    4x100m Relay        FINAL    Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)
DAY 2  – April 8, 2016
8:30am    3000m Steeplechase        FINAL     Men        –> Christopher Ulboc (won the gold in the last SEA Games)
6:45pm    4x400m Relay        Semi-Final        Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)
8:00pm    4x100m Relay        FINAL    Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)
DAY 3  –  April 9, 2016
4:00pm    Pole Vault        FINAL        Men        –> EJ Obiena (the fastest improving member of the national team; he is 10cm close to the 5.70m Olympic qualifying mark)
6:00pm    4x400m Relay        FINAL        Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)

The 2016 Ayala Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships is title-sponsored by the Ayala Corporation, co-presented by Milo Nutri-up and the PATAFA supported in part by the Philippine Sports Commission and the IAAF with major sponsors Foton Philippines, PCSO, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Appeton, Asics Watch, L TimeStudio, and media partners Business Mirror, Business Mirror Health & Fitness Magazine, and the official radio station Mellow 94.7.

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