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After 7-month wait, Uy stamps mark in record-breaking style

By: - Correspondent / @VillVisayaJrINQ
/ 05:10 AM March 07, 2019

Natalie Uy is pretty satisfied with her performance.

ILAGAN CITY, ISABELA—Filipino-American Natalie Uy waited seven months before getting to compete as a Filipino. She didn’t take too long to show what she’s made of.

On a day athletes from the host province grabbed their share of the spotlight, Uy broke a long-time record on the way to the women’s pole vault gold at the start of the 2019 Ayala-Philippine Athletics Championship Wednesday afternoon at Ilagan City Sports Complex here.

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The 5-foot-6 Uy logged 4.12 meters right in her first try to better an 11-year national women’s record of 4.11 meters set by Deborah Samson in 2008.

“I was a little nervous the whole week but I just had to go out and play today,” said Uy, whose father Henry hails from Cebu. “It’s incredible. I’m just really happy to come over here.”

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Uy was supposed to represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, but failed to process her papers on time. She got her Philippine passport in mid-August last year.

With most of the Fil-Am athletes prepping for their Thursday schedules, local bets found time to shine.

In front of her provincemates, Daniella Daynata took the gold in women’s discus throw with a 40.19-m heave. Ilagan teammates Janry Ubas and Julian Fuentes made it a one-two finish in men’s long jump.

University of the Philippines’ Ed Delina bettered his personal best to rule the men’s discus throw (44.75m). Delina’s previous best was a Palarong Pambansa record (42.67m).

“I am happy because I even beat my personal best of 44 meters. I managed my energy well now to have a farther record unlike last year,” Delina said in Filipino.

Barely two days after he pocketed the Southeast Asian Youth gold medal in pole vault, 16-year-old Hokett Delos Santos, also of Team Ilagan City, shone anew as he pocketed the boys’ gold medal with a 4.30-m leap.

“I am very happy because I won again,” Delos Santos said in Filipino.

In triple jump for women, Angel Carino, also of Ilagan City, also won gold with a leap of 11.60m.

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