Fil-Am Carter Lilly breaks PH's 800m record
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American Carter Lilly broke a near 17-year-old Philippine record in the 800 meters at a track meet in California on Friday, April 19.
Lilly clocked in 1:47.52 to finish 2nd in the Bryan Clay Invitational and Multi-Events at the Cougar Athletic Stadium in Asuza. Lilly, 3rd before last curve, came from behind.
This is faster than the 1:48.97 winning time of Vietnamese middle distance star Duong Van Thai in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
Matt Manternach won the event in 1:46.93.
Lilly's time surpassed the 1:47.77 set by John Lozada, now a national coach, in the 2002 Asian Grand Prix in Manila.
In a text message to Rappler, Lozada said, "Great performance and congratulations to Carter Lilly."
The Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association has yet to recognize Lilly's record. – Rappler.com