SEA Games: Kayla Richardson rules for the fifth Athletics Gold in the 100m Dash PH

Kayla Richardson of the Philippines watches the women's 100m heat at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at the My Day National Stadium in Hanoi on May 18, 2022.  (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Kayla Richardson of the Philippines watches the women’s 100m heat at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at the My Day National Stadium in Hanoi on May 18, 2022. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

HANOY – Kayla Richardson put her spikes down in the passage of athletes at the bottom of My Day Stadium just after the 100-meter dash hit. Compensating for a slow start, he ran for second place in a wild finish. Someone asked if he had reached the final, to which he replied: “Yes!”

Apparently he got everything under control because just over an hour later, while watching the jam-packed stadium, the 24-year-old reigned supreme in the focal event of the Southeast Asian Games.

“It was amazing. I was happy to put it together,” said Richardson, who clocked 11.60 seconds – beating Singapore’s Veronica Pereira (11.62) and Thailand’s Supanich Pulcard (11.66) – his best of the season.

“I am very grateful and grateful that my dad and my sister (Kayla) and the coach have come together this season because of my support system,” said Richardson, who is looking forward to a place at the World Championships in Oregon later this year.

Like the heat – where he said “I was just cold” – Richardson had problems with the starting block in the afternoon final, the final 20 meters with his feet on the gas all the way.

“I wasn’t a good starter, so I let them go and then let me do my job (stretch),” Richardson said of his second-century Dash gold medal. He also won it in the 2015 edition in Singapore.

This is Richardson’s second medal here, his bronze count in the 200m dash that Pereira won two days earlier. Kaila won silver in that event.

“I still have a lot to gain this season,” said Richardson, who is clocking 11.61 seconds this year. “So yes I was pretty confident coming in.”

His gold was the first win of the day for Athletics, which has already got four through EJ Obina (pole vault), William Morrison (shot put), Clinton Bautista (110-meter hurdles) and Eric Cray (400-meter hurdles). They will shoot more shots in the men’s and women’s marathons on Thursday.

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