Fifteen year-old trackster Zion Corrales Nelson broke the 400m run Philippine national records and the long-standing 400m run Junior Philippine national record of Lydia de Vega at the British Columbia High School Track and Field Championship in Langley last week.
The Fil-Canadian Zion clocked 54.18 seconds to eclipse the national meet mark of 54.65 seconds set by Jenny Rosales in the UAAP last year and the 33-year-old junior national record of 54.75 seconds posted by former Asia’s track queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado.
It is interesting to note that Zion shattered these national records at the age of 15, while Rosales and de Vega-Mercado were 19 and 17 years old when they made their respective record-breaking runs.
Born to a Jamaican father and Filipina mother, Zion’s 54.18 clocking also qualifies her to the World Junior Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA next month where the qualifying time is only 55.16 seconds.
With this feat, she has already qualified in both 200m and 400m events at the World Junior Championship along with Fil-Am Kayla Richardson who has also qualified in the 100m and 200m events.
Please note that PATAFA has just received today the photo finish of Zion Corrales-Nelson which is 54.18 – way faster that her 54.64 clocking. The 54.18 photo finish results of Zion is now the new national and national junior record in Womens 400m.