HANGZHOU, China – Janry Ubas searched all the time for the lucky jump he desperately needed, but it never came.
Southeast Asia’s king of the long jump came a long way from securing a medal at the 19th Asian Games, finishing seventh in his favorite event at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium on Sunday evening.
Ubas recorded a best effort of 7.80 meters on his sixth and final attempt, but it was not enough for the Philippine record holder to reach the podium.
China’s Jianan Wang took gold with his first attempt in 8.22 m and India’s Sreeshankar jumped 8.19 for silver. China’s Shi Yuhao took the bronze in 8.10.
In the men’s shot put final, William Morrison also finished nowhere near the podium after a jump of 16.98 meters.
The SEA Games record holder finished 11th among the 13 throwers led by gold medalist Tajinderpal Toor of India (20.36m). Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Tolo took silver in 20.18m and China’s Liu Yang finished third (19.97m).
Meanwhile, hurdler John Tolentino advanced to the men’s 110m final on Monday evening after clocking 13.70 seconds to be the fastest in his heat, while finishing second overall among 14 athletes.
Philippine-Spanish Tolentino has a good chance of taking gold after finishing 0.1 tenth of a second behind Kuwaiti Yaquob Alyouha, the top performer in the heats.