July 16, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian 

In another display of his mettle, Baguio athlete Hussein Loraña bagged the bronze medal in the 800 meters men in the Taiwan Open World Continental Tour Bronze in Taipei.

Loraña recorded a time of one minute and 51.37 seconds to complete the podium after Indian athletes Ankesh Choudhary, who bagged gold in 01:50.63 and silver medalist Somnath Chouhan in 01:50.88 seconds. 

TAIWAN OPEN BRONZE MEDAL — Baguio boy Hussein Loraña (3rd from right) has shown his strength in the oval after winning a bronze medal in the men’s 800-meter at the Taiwan Open World Continental Tour Bronze in Taipei, Taiwan on June 1 and 2 and contributing to the six-medal win of the Philippine team during the international event. — Hussein Lorana’s Facebook photo

The two-time Philippine junior record holder was part of the 11-person team fielded by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) on June 1 to 2.

Last month, he snagged a gold medal in the men’s 800-m. in the 2024 Hong Kong Athletics Championships at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground.

Another Philippine team athlete who clinched medals was Sonny Wagdos bringing home a bronze in the men’s 5,000-m. with a time of 14:36.79 seconds and another bronze 1,500-m. with a personal and season best of 03:51.50 seconds.

Southeast Asian Games multi-champion Janry Ubas also contributed to the country’s medals in the long jump with 7.44-m. settling for the bronze.

Ubas is still hopeful to enter the Paris Olympics, but he must reach or surpass the Olympic standard of 8.27-m. to earn his ticket.  

Michael del Prado bagged a silver in the 400-m during the opening day while Joida Gagnao bagged a bronze in the 3,000 steeplechase.

The Philippine team yielded a total of six medals during the event where the athletes braved rainy conditions. The team was accompanied by national team coaches Christabel Martes, Isidro Del Prado, Jeoffrey Chua, and Dario De Rosas.

Loraña and the rest of the team are getting ready for the Thailand Athletics Open set June 13 to 17.