Torres-Sunang wants Olympics swan song memorable

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 01, 2016 12:21 PM
Torres-Sunang wants Olympics swan song memorable
Ito na ang last ko -- long-jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang

RIO DE JANEIRO – Long-jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang wants to make sure that her third and last Olympics will be the most memorable.

Sunang is in her mid-30s and is now a mother.

But she said this did not stop her from making it to her third straight Olympics since 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London.

In both her previous tries, the 2009 Asian Championships gold medalist and four-time champion in the SEA Games fell short of expectations.

This time, she said Sunday here in Rio de Janeiro, should be different.

“Sana maka-perform ako ng maganda,” said Sunang, who drew all the support from track and field chief Popoy Juico in her long road to Rio.

“She really wanted this and I saw how hard she worked to get to her third Olympics. She deserves to be there,” said Juico from Manila.

Sunang, the most senior member of the 12-strong Philippine team to this Rio Games, is leaving no stone unturned.

“Sobra ang hirap na pinagdaanan ko sa training,” said Sunang, who will compete in the long jump event here on Aug. 16.

With a new personal best of 6.72 meters, Sunang said she has a chance of making it to the finals of the Olympics for the first time.

“Ang target ko talaga is malampasan ang personal best ko. Para may chance umabot sa finals,” she said.

Torres knows who’s around when the competition begins, and they include competitors who can do 7s on any given day.  

“As long as ma-match or malampasan ko personal best ko, I have a chance to reach the finals,” she insisted.

“That will be the best finish in the Olympics. Ito na ang last ko,” she said.

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