Fil-Canadian Zion Corrales Nelson made a splash at the Youth Olympics Asian Area qualifying meet at the Thammasat National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand last May 21-22, 2014.
The fifteen year-old runner won two bronze medals in her first international meet representing the Philippines.
On day one of the meet, Zion won the bronze medal in the 400m run girls event with a time of 56.05.
Salwa Eid Nasser of Bahrain won the gold with her 54.54 time, while China’s Huang Guifen clocked 54.88 to win the silver.
On day two, Zion again held her ground among Asia’s best sprinters by clocking 24.30 seconds en route to winning the bronze medal in the girls 200m dash event, behind two Chinese sprinters who won the gold and silver with times of 24.08 and 24.30
Unfortunately, amid Zion’s impressive showing in the said meet, she failed to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, as only top two runners in the 400m run and top 1 runner in the 200m dash qualify for the YOG as per meet criteria.
The good news though is that Zion’s 24.30 time in the 200m dash qualifies her to the 2014 World Junior Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA this July.
She will now join fellow sprinter Kayla Richardson who first qualified for the world junior championship early this year in the 100m and 200m dash events.
Fil-American Kayla clocked 11.90 seconds in the 100m dash event at the Mt. Baxter Invitational Meet in LA, and has a best time of 23.84 seconds in the 200m dash.