CAPAS, TARLAC — The region’s Man of Steel is still a Filipino.
Aries Toledo retained his Southeast Asian Games decathlon crown, Tuesday at the NCC Athletics Center.
The 26-year-old product of Central Luzon State University tallied 7,033 points to rule the event.
He started the 10-discipline event with an 11.02s in the 100m (1st) before leaping a 7.54m (1st) in long jump. He then threw an 11.68m in shotput (2nd); leapt a 2.08m in the high jump (2nd); and finished the 400m with a time of 50.69 (2nd) to close out the first day.
To open the final day, Toledo placed first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.03m; threw a 37.25m (1st) in the discus throw; before placing fifth in the pole vault with a 3.80m leap. He bounced back by throwing a 54.37m in the javelin throw.
To close out the day, Toledo finished third in the 1500m with a time of 5:10.06.
Back in 2017, he set a national record of 7,433 points.
Van Sui Bui finished second with 6,911, while compatriot Janry Ubas could not make it a 1-2 finish, tallying a 6,759.