Pinay Athletes rule Test of Will Finals in Singapore
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2016 01:03 PM
UA SEA Test of Will Female Winner, Zoe Pond-McPherson of the Philippines in action
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The “Three Stars and a Sun” insignia was fully represented in Under Armour’s Test of Will finals at the extravagant Gardens by the Bay in Singapore last May 28 as Filipina athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao topped the competition’s female category.
With the entire archipelago resting on her shoulders, Pond-McPherson claimed the coveted gold medal in Under Armour’s inaugural Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge that pitted eight male and eight female contenders from countries such as the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Widely regarded for her moniker “The Fittest Woman in Philippine Crossfit,” Pond-McPherson shined among the eight female hopefuls.
Meanwhile, Wenceslao had a bridesmaid finish in Test of Will.
Pond-McPherson and Wenceslao went through an eye of a needle inside the highly-touted structure known as “The Tower,” which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises.
In the first phase, participants had to undergo 20-kilocalorie Assault AirBike and accomplish 20 jump squats and 20 ab roll-outs.
Difficulty and intensity took a notch higher in the competition’s second part as contestants were obliged to complete 20 burpees and 20 repetitions of 12.5-kilogram single-arm dumbbell thrusters.
A multi-rig course and pull-ups were prepared in the third session, while the last stage catered 64-kilogram kettle bell walk, 20-kilocalorie bike sprint, tire shift and 12-meter rope climb.
Pond-McPherson is no stranger to fitness challenges as she strutted her wares at the 2015 Crossfit Games Pacific Regional in Wollongong, Australia alongside the strongest female practitioners in the region.
On the other hand, Wenceslao has 16 years of experience in the field of dragon boat paddling and an avid outdoor enthusiast.
In 2007, Wenceslao achieved a milestone as she became one of the first three Filipinas who reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Pond-McPherson and Wenceslao’s male counterparts were able to make it into the top five of the men’s division.
Merwin Torres occupied the fourth sport of Test of Will’s male category, while Derrick Maercado came in at fifth place.
All of the four Filipino representatives were mentored by fitness power couple Jim and Toni Saret.
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