Team Philippines back to work in Rio

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 28, 2016 05:14 PM
Team Philippines back to work in Rio
Photo from Ian Lariba on Instagram, @yannasiyan)

Team Philippines is back to the usual daily grind in preparation for the Rio Olympics happening in a little over a week.

Upon arriving in Brazil, the Philippine contingent got to squeeze out a little sightseeing while getting used to all things Rio but now, our local athletes are back to work.

"Naka-training na, malayo pa laban pero still focus lang sa training," Six-time SEA Games gold medallist and taekwondo jin Kristine Alora said.

"Nakiki-sparring ako kasi kailangan talaga namin. And may dala kami armor na mismong gagamitin sa laban so name-maintain nalang talaga sa ginagawa ko sa Pilipinas," she added.

While the quest is on to win an Olympic medal, members of team Philippines are still wary of peaking too early.

"Ngayon kasi hindi medyo ganoon kataas percentage ng training namin. Dapat kasi peak ng training namin for Rio, so hindi pa kami naghe-heavy talaga," weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz said.

"Okay naman po yung training namin, nag-twice a day training kami ngayon. Sa August 7, okay naman kundisyon namin," added fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia.

UAAP champion Ian Lariba has been grinding it out for table tennis as well while swimmer Jasmin Alhkaldi just touched down in Brazil.

Other members of the Philippine contingent set to arrive in Rio in the following days include boxers Ladon Rogen and Charly Suarez, golfer Miguel Tabuena, hurdler Eric Cray, and marathon runner Mary Joy Tabal.

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