Clinton Bautista scoops two golds in PH Athletics Championships

Reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Clinton Bautista scooped two gold medals Thursday to banner the winners in the 2022 Philippine Athletics Championships at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Bautista clinched the men’s 110-meter hurdles gold with a time of 14.36 seconds ahead of Alvin John Vergel (14.63sec) and Van Alexander Obejas (14.95sec).

He also dominated the 200m dash in 21.91sec, outrunning Guhan Garcia (22.16sec) and Rocky Ramos (22.37sec).

Melvin Calano, another defending SEAG champion, ruled his event, javelin throw, in 66.10 meters for the gold medal. John Paul Sarmiento (61.23m) and Kenny Gonzales (56.00m) settled for silver and bronze.

William Morrison also shone in men’s discus throw with 49.97m ahead of John Albert Mantua (47.52m) and Russel Ricaforte (39.55).

Khay Santos also reigned supreme in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.83m, beating Josefa Ligmayo (5.60m) and Sarah Dequinan (5.59m).

Dequinan, meanwhile, took charge in the women’s high jump where she won the gold medal via countback after she and Ligmayo posted similar 1.67m.

Other Day 1 winners were Daniella Daytana (women’s discus throw), Arniel Ferrera (men’s hammer throw), John Marvin Rafols (men’s long jump), Sonny Wagdos (men’s 5000m), Melissa Escoton (women’s 100m hurdles), Edwin Giron (men’s 800m), Bernalyn Bejoy (women’s 800m) and Jessel Lumapas (women’s 200m).