MANILA, Philippines — With a goal on her again, ladies’s marathon title holder Christine Hallasgo vows to offer no matter it takes to retain her gold medal within the thirty first Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, which opens Thursday subsequent week.
“I feel a bit of pressure because I was the previous gold medalist. All eyes are on me,” Hallasgo informed Inquirer Sports in Filipino.
“Although the other countries had more time to train, compared to me and other Filipino athletes. Having a limited time to train makes me more motivated to win the gold again.”
Hallasgo dethroned her compatriot and Marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal to win the 2019 version, conquering the 42-kilometer race in 2 hours, 56 minutes and 56 seconds.
Unlike her rivals from different nations like Vietnam who had extra time to coach amid the pandemic, the lone Filipino competitor on this 12 months’s ladies’s marathon is assured that her Baguio coaching since October final 12 months immensely ready her quest to win back-to-back gold medals.
“Rain or shine, we train. No excuses whatever the weather conditions here in Baguio. In our training area the air is thin. There’s an uphill and downhill. I can say I am well prepared this coming SEA Games,” mentioned Hallasgo. “My coach said I’ve improved in my workouts and long runs, compared to my training in the last SEA Games.”
“If ever the climate will be cold in Vietnam, it would be an advantage since it’s cold in Baguio. Steep routes would also be an advantage for me since I got used to it,” she added.
The marathoner from Malaybalay City in Bukidnon didn’t anticipate to win in her first SEA Games. But now that she is defending it, she is keen to hold the flag with a gold medal once more
“I want to feel that moment again. Winning the gold and waving the Philippine flag in the SEA Games,” she mentioned.
With rival marathoners within the area searching for to dethrone her, Hallasgo guarantees she is going to do the whole lot to maintain the Philippines on prime.
“I can’t say if I will be able to defend my title because everyone is aiming for this. But all I can assure is I am a fighter. Even if I get tired and will have a tough time, I will strive to defend my title, not for myself, but for my team ad the country,” Hallasgo mentioned.
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