Date : 12 Apr 2019
Manila, Philippines, April 12, 2019: Philippines sport has been shaken by the death of marathon runner Rafael Poliquit Jr. at the age of 30.
The government’s sports department, the Philippine Sports Commission, reported on its Facebook account on April 11 that Rafael had passed away due to illness.
In a statement headed “You ran a good race – thank you for all you did for Philippines sports”, the PSC said:
“Defending Milo Marathon men's champion and national track and field team member Airman 2nd Class Rafael Poliquit, Jr. passed away today (Thursday) at 2:21 pm at V Luna Medical Center due to complications from subdural emphysema.
“The three-time Milo Marathon champion from Tagum (2014, 2015, 2018) Poliquit was supposed to represent the country in the marathon event of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games set in Subic, along with Mary Joy Tabal.
“Poliquit clocked 2 hours, 28 minutes and 47 seconds (his personal best) to bag his 3rd Milo Marathon trophy in the 2018 National Finals last December in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Poliquit also represented the country with Tabal in the 2016 Boston Marathon.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of A2C Poliquit. May his soul rest in peace.”
When the Philippines hosts the 30th SEA Games from November 30 to December 11, the marathon event will be a poignant affair without the presence of the country’s top male runner.
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