SEA Games first-timer Hallasgo bags gold medal in women’s marathon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 6, 2019   •   970

Christine Hallasgo celebrates after winning the gold in the SEA Games 2019 Women’s Marathon final at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in New Clark City, Philippines, 06 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

Christine Hallasgo was beginning to feel her legs cramp.

It was the last lap for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s marathon and she still had to strive hard to rank first place.

This is Christine’s first time competing in the SEA Games. In order to train for the event, she had to leave her hometown in Bukidnon.

This is also Christine’s first time to leave her child behind. She started her training last July.

“Sinakripisyo ko po iyong anak ko, iniwan ko sa amin (Bukidnon) kahit masakit po sa akin na iwan ang anak ko, kasi first time kong mapalayo sa anak ko (I sacrificed and left my child in Bukidnon, even if it hurts. This is my first time to leave my child),” she said during an interview with reporters.

Focus, she said to herself.

Christine recalled that all she can do during the last few moments of the race was to focus and pray. She can still feel the cramp in her legs but it was not the time to be concerned with the pain.

“Tinignan ko lang kung sino iyong nauna sa akin, nag-focus lang po ako baka maabutan ko. Syempre po gusto ko po makadagdag ng medalya para sa bansa natin (I looked at the athlete in front of me and I focused in order to reach her. Of course I wanted to add more medals for our country),” she said.

“Tiniis ko po iyong pagod at pangungulila kaya pinagsikapan ko po na sana hindi masayang iyong pinaghirapan ko po at lahat ng sakripisyo ko po (I endured the fatigue and the longing for my child that is why I strive harder so that all my sacrifices are not in vain),” Christine added.

Christine ended up bagging the gold medal despite all the difficulties she faced during the last lap.

With tears in her eyes, she said she is grateful to God, to her coach and to everyone who supported her.

“Nagpapsalamat po ako ng marami sa Panginoon kasi nag-cramps ako noong last lap, nakaya ko pa po. Hindi ko po na-expect na ako ang magcha-champion po (I am very thankful to God because I had cramps during the last lap, I made it. I did not expect that I will become the champion),” Christine said.—AAC

Yulo wins gold in men’s vault at world championships

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

Carlos Yulo has bagged the gold medal in men’s vault at the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Yulo scored an average of 14.916 after two attempts, beating Japan’s Yonekura Hidenobu who ranked second with 14.866, and Israel’s Andrey Medvedev who scored 14.649.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old athlete also took home a silver medal at the parallel bars final. Yulo ranked second with the score of 15.300. China’s Hu Xuwei took home the gold after scoring 15.466, while China’s Shi Cong placed third with a score of 15.066. AAC

UAAP eyes resumption of sports league in February 2022

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is eyeing to resume the basketball and volleyball tournaments by February 2022.

UAAP Season 84 president Nonong Calanog on Wednesday (October 20) reported that all basketball and volleyball athletes of UAAP have been fully vaccinated. The league is looking to begin sports training by November to prepare for the competition next year.

“That’s why November, December, January we have about three and a half month for them to train to get back to competition to be able to start on February. Ang volleyball naman, ang target namin doon. is after Holy Week […] more or less that’s the schedule and of course what the government will allow at that time,” he said.

Calanog said they are currently conducting retrofitting and adjustment in their sports facilities.

According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero De Vera III, the agency is preparing guidelines for sports activities and student athletes as quarantine classifications continue to ease amid the decline in new COVID-19 cases.

“Ngayong marami na ang bakuna mababa-vaccinate na ang mga studyante, mga athletes, the only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given these circumstances now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 are aiming to boost the vaccination program for students and teachers. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC


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