66-year-old Erlinda Lavandia wins four gold medals, Best Athlete

Age is indeed just a number for local javelin legend Erlinda Lavandia as she dominated the Field Events of the 40th Singapore Masters Athletics Meet, bagging four gold medals and coming away as the tournament’s Best Athlete.

Held last May 4 and 5, 2019, at the Bokit Gombak Stadium in Singapore, Lavandia participated in the women’s 65-above category; where she clinched the golds in the javelin throw (her favored event), discus, shot put, and hammer throw.

In the javelin throw event, Lavandia’s spear landed 25.65 meters away from point, easily beating her Indonesian and Sri Lankan foes. The rest of her results made her unstoppable – 18.99m in the discus, 7.25m in the shot put, and 20.81m in the hammer throw – from reaching the top spot of the throwing events.

Seasoned veteran

This isn’t the first time Lavandia brought athletics glory to the Philippines. She was the country’s lone gold medalist in the 1977 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the very first time the Philippines joined the tournament. Since then she has become a seasoned veteran, clinching more podium finishes in the 1979, 1981, and 1985 SEA editions.

Other recent competitions that Lavandia participated and championed in were the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Asia Masters Athletics Championships, and the 2017 World Masters Athletics Indoor Championship.

This story originally appeared on MBody.

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