MANILA, Philippines – Fil-Am Natalie Uy claimed a pole vault bronze medal in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar Tuesday while breaking the Philippine record she set just more than a month ago in Ilagan City, Isabela.

Uy, a 24-year-old former Eastern Michigan standout who went through the tedious process of securing documents to compete for the national team, registered 4.20 meters to take the bronze behind China’s Ling Li, an Olympian and Asian Games champion, and Xu Huiqin, who had 4.61m and 4.31m to cop the gold and silver, respectively.

The feat also eclipsed her own national mark of 4.12m she set in the Ayala Phl Athletics Championship in Ilagan City a month back when she made her much-awaited debut.

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