66-year-old Pinay bags four golds in javelin world tournament

Erlinda Lavandia dominated the Singapore's Masters Athletics Meet 2019 after winning four gold medals in javelin throw held in Bokit Gombak Stadium in Singapore on May 4 and 5.


The event marks the 40th anniversary of the tournament, and she joined the women's 65-above category. Lavandia bested easily her Indonesian and Sri Lankan contender by throwing away 25.65 meters away from point. Lavandia's momentum continue after winning the discuss(18.99), shot up(7.25), and hammer (20.81) competition.Then she successfully bagged 4 medals and awarded as the best athlete.

Lavandia from Surigao Del Norte was a sole gold medalist at the 1977 SEA Games , the first time the Philippines joined. She won her first Javelin title with a throw of 45.22m. 

Lavandia went on to become a National Coach, Baguio Camp Director and Multiple World Champion Masters athlete after her career with the national team ended.  Lavandia held the National Record for 15 years until 2001, when an athlete she coached and discovered Geralyn Amandoron from Cebu threw 51.00m to win the Thailand Open. A few months later Amandoron improved this to 53.75m getting silver in Singapore Open.

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