Pinay javelin legend Erlinda Lavandia dominated the Field Events of the Singapore Masters Athletics Meet 2019 after winning four gold medals and emerging as Best Athlete, held over the last weekend, May 4 and 5, at Bokit Gombak Stadium in Singapore.
This year’s contest is the 40th anniversary of the tournament, and Lavandia participated in the women’s 65-above category.
In the javelin throw event, where Lavandia’s spear landed 25.65 meters away from point, she easily bested her Indonesian and Sri Lankan foes. Javelin is a light long spear designed primarily to be thrown, thus the ‘javelin throw’ in track and field competitions such as this.
Lavandia was unstoppable as she also ruled the discus (18.99), shot up (7.25), and hammer (20.81) competitions, quadrupling her golds and earning the top spot of throwing events in the two-day trackfest.
This isn’t the first time Lavandia has led the Team Philippines in an international sporting event. When Philippines first joined Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 1977, this Surigao Del Norte native was the country’s lone gold medalist. She had since become a seasoned veteran of the sport: : clinching more podium finishes in 1979, 1981, and 1985 SEA Games.
Lavandia also competed and championed in the Asia Masters Athletics Championships (2010 and 2014) and the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championship (2017).
With this milestone, Lavandia has just proven that age is indeed just a number. Still on her prime at 66, Lavandia remains the queen on top of her game.
Featured image by Roc Verdera.
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