Broken romance leads to SEA Games gold

Mark Escarlote on Jun 06, 2015 06:07 PM
Broken romance leads to SEA Games gold
Nag-try lang po ako kasi pinahiram ako ng (ex) boyfriend ko ng bike --- Claire Adorna

SINGAPORE --- Who would have ever thought that heartbreak could lead to something big? Something with a golden glitter?

Such is the case of triathlete Claire Adorna.

She parted with her former beau, but he left an influence that made her into a national heroine.

A simple gesture of letting the bonny 21-year-old ride his bike went a long way.

Well, the relationship didn’t last long but what Adorna did after that sweet bike ride gave the country a gold medal in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

The former University of the Philippines tanker is the first mint winner for the country in the biennial meet and Adorna credited her ex-boyfriend for introducing her to the sport.

"Nag-try lang po ako kasi pinahiram ako ng boyfriend ko ng bike," she said moments after winning the gold medal in a convincing time of two hours, 13 minutes, and .08 seconds.

Asked to give more details, she requested not to.

"Ex-boyfriend ko po siya so huwag na po natin siyang pag-usapan. Bago na po ang boyfriend ko. Pasensiya na po, ayoko na po. But he was a big part of my triathlon career," Adorna said with a chuckle.

It is Adorna’s debut in the SEA Games and second national team duty after her participation in the Incheon Asian Games last year.

Other than her ex-boyfriend, Adorna, who holds four UAAP swimming records in 100m. and 200m. backstroke and in 100m. and 200m. freestyle, continued that politics inside the swimming federation forced her to change sports.

Adorna is identified with the Philippine Swimming League which is at odds with the Philippine Olympic Committee-backed Philippine Swimming Inc.

"Sinabi rin po ng coach ko sa swimming na dating triathlete na "Why don’t give triathlon a chance?" Since sa swimming po mataas din ang politics," she explained. "Kasi I’m part of a different organization and I can’t go here (SEA Games) kahit gaano ka kalakas hindi ka mapapadala dito." "Siyempre nangangarap din ako (na maging national athlete) so I gave triathlon a chance na parang "Teka parang dito ako destined,"" she added.

Adorna competed while nursing a left peroneal tendon tear ankle injury and will postpone her surgery until after the Asian Championship in Taipei next week.

"After ng laban sa Taipei papa-surgery na po ako para next year OK na po," she said.

The bubbly Adorna shared a rather odd ritual she did before the competition.

"Nagising ako ng 4:00 a.m. at nagpoo-poo ng madami kasi ayoko pong mag-popoo sa run part tapos nag-pray the whole time," Adorna blurted out to Manila-based newspaper, radio and online reporters.

"Nag-breaksfast tapos tiningnan ko po ang lahat kung pwedeng kausapin ang dagat, yung bike course, yung run course, yung rubber shoes ko na huwag akong i-give up, yung bike ko na huwag ma-flat and yung head cap ko na huwag pong matangal and yung goggles ko na makakita po ng sobra," she continued.

"Saka friends ko po ang mga gamit ko love ko po sila," Adorna added as she drew laughter from reporters.

Asked if she’s doing it discreetly or in public, she replied:

"No I do it secretly."

"Now it’s not a secret because you know. E ganyan po talaga, kanya-kanyang trip sa buhay."
A broadsheet reporter jabbed a parting question: "Are you related to (Kapamilya actress) Ellen Adarna?"

"Oh my gosh! Hindi nga po, sana nga po related nga ako e," Adorna fired back in a jest as she walked away from the still laughing Pinoy sports scribes.

Though nobody has the right to meddle with Adorna’s private matters of the heart, one thing is for sure: The Filipino people are grateful for you bro!

Watch Adorna’s interview here:



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