Running all over the world with SEA Games gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 22, 2017 03:17 PM
Running all over the world with Mary Joy Tabal
Mary Joy Tabal's running has taken her all over the world! (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo on Twitter)

One of the biggest perks of being an athlete is that you get to go places. 

Work hard enough to become a national athlete, and the world becomes your training ground. 

Such is the case for Rio Olympian and recent Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal. 

The Cebuana marathon runner's passion for running and drive to get better has taken her all over the globe.


She's competed in Paris...


...she's trained in Japan... 


...and she finished first in South Korea.


She amazed people with her podium finish in Hong Kong... 


...she's gotten to run alongside her idols in Los Angeles...


...and in 2015, she bagged SEA Games silver in Singapore. 


God never fails to guide us! He plotted everything for the right time to come... Despite the consequences of getting through here, everything happens with a good reason!!! I can't thank everyone of you but I know you were very proud and always been proud of my achievements, I am stronger because of your support, love and prayers!!! But I wanna thank this people who helped us through, Coach and I wont make it this far without their support,.. Firstly, thank you Sir Philip Juico of PATAFA for giving me this chance to represent the Country, though it wasnt easy for u to decide, but super thank you for this opportunity!!! Thanks to my #JPDCOACHING family for your unending love & support, to Sir Edward Hayco and Cebu City Sports Commission, to Sir Jonel Borromeo and Motorace, to Maam Grace and Smart, to Sir Trunkx and Queensland Mactan, to @kylecooksing and Banilad Town Center, to Asics and to Citigym for my 24hrs unlimited gym usage... Special mention to Sir Jeffrey and Pearl Le, to Paolo and Michele Garcia, Tyrone Tan, Louie and Ella Villacin @louiethewing @wavebrat , Nemesio and Tessie Escasinas, Cholo, Bryan Borja and the rest of Cebu City & our country... THIS medal is for us ALL!!! Thank you!!! ♥♥♥

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She qualified for the Rio Olympics by running the Ottawa Marathon in Canada.... 


...she's conquered the cold in Boston... 


When it's just too windy and cold... "Ninja-joy be like" 😬😛😎😷

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...and of course, she represented the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.  


#RioOlympics2016 Opening Ceremony!🇵🇭🇧🇷

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Recently, Mary Joy trained in Italy... 


 ...and in Switzerland.




Her most recent stop however, is quite the glorious one, as she bagged her first SEA Games gold medal after dominating the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


With all the destinations that Mary Joy Tabal has been fortunate enough to see, it can be said that she's been running all over the world!  

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