MANILA, Philippines — Reigning gold medalist William Morrison thinks his compatriot Albert Mantua will likely be his hardest challenger in his shot put title-retention marketing campaign within the thirty first Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi Vietnam.
Morrison was one of many stars for the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) within the 2019 SEA Games after tallying a new nationwide document 18.38 meters for the gold medal in shot put and a silver medal end from the discus throw.
Returning to worldwide competitors on this pandemic-era, Morrison was impressed with Mantua’s huge enchancment after the latter certified within the biennial meet along with his private and season-best 17.02 m within the MILO-PATAFA Performance Trials final February in Baguio.
“Probably my own teammate, Albert. We’ve been going pretty hard in practice and stuff. And I think it’s Malaysia again,” Morrison advised Inquirer Sports.
Mantua’s earlier fete was good for the bronze-medal normal of 16.40m for a spot within the SEAG-bound group and only one centimeter in need of 2019 SEA Games runner-up Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli of Malaysia.
Morrison mentioned he’s glad for his teammate, who missed the rostrum three years in the past. It was a wholesome competitors for the 2 Filipino shot putters, pushing one another to their limits of their coaching camp in Baguio.
“He’s been doing really good. I really love having somebody who is improving everyday, getting better everyday with me. Definitely better than practicing by yourself,” he mentioned.
The reigning document holder admitted he’s feeling the stress defending his crown in simply his second SEA Games look.
“It’s definitely a little bit of pressure. I haven’t competed at a meet this big in a couple of years. I’m just trying to get immensely prepared. Hopefully, everything will come together,” he mentioned.
Thanks to his intense coaching in Baguio, Morrison is able to defend his crown along with his mother and father touring to Hanoi to look at his quest.
“It’s been going pretty good since being in Baguio. We’ve been training pretty hard everyday. Finally seeing my technique coming back into good form. I’m excited to be able to try it and defend it again this year,” he shared. “My family’s gonna come and watch me again this year and then traveling around the world makes me wanna do well.”
Morrison hopes the highest two shot putters in Hanoi could be Filipinos.
“Definitely, expecting a top two finish in both shot put and discus throw. Because it’s gonna be cool to see the Philippines go one and two in shot put. Expect some fireworks,” he mentioned.
Get the most popular sports activities information straight into your inbox
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get entry to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & different 70+ titles, share as much as 5 devices, hearken to the information, obtain as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.