TEAM PHILIPPINES SOARS HIGHER WITH UY’S BRONZE
Team Pilipinas Athletics wound up a notch higher with the sizzling performance of Natalie Uy in the women’s pole vault in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships as she claimed the bronze medal by clearing a height of 4.20m. Uy’s performance marks one of the most productive stints of the Philippines in the biennial continental championship.
Uy’s bronze medal performance in the 45-nation athletics championship equalled the Philippine Record which the 23-year old Fil-American established during the 2019 Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships in the City of Ilagan, Isabela in March.
Uy, a magna cum laude graduate of the East Michigan University, cleared 4.20 in her first attempt setting herself up for at least a bronze medal finish. Uy had the bar raised to 4.3 meters but failed in all her three attempts thus paving the way for China’s two entries to pocket the gold and silver medals.
PATAFA President, Philip Ella Juico, expressed total satisfaction at the two medals the Philippines got from pole vault. ”Our team’s performance is totally remarkable. Pole vault as an athletics discipline has indeed a huge medal potentials in major international competitions including the upcoming SEA Games. Our team got even commended by the French coach of China, branding the Philippines as a “pole vault country”, Juico said. Both EJ Obiena and Uy, worked hard to catapult the Philippines to a tie for 10th spot in the over all medal tally, as of Tuesday night.
Asked about her feat, Uy said that she will concentrate on jumping 4.3 meters between now and the SEAGames which she and Obiena are expected to rule.
Uy trained in Spain, where she was teaching English online, before trying out for the Philippine team in Ilagan city. She will compete in the Thailand Open in the next few weeks before training in Ohio and in Lingayen, Pangasinan where the Philippine Athletics Team has set up camp.
The other Filipino entry, Alyana Nicolas, still adjusting to coach Emerson Obiena’s instructions, cleared 3.8 meters and failed at a higher height.
Team Pilipinas Athletics is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and is backed up by Soleus, Milo, and Foton.