Seems everyone is busy on what happened on the impeachment and so somehow these two Filipino runners’ feat in Singapore where not even in the news. Or did I miss it? I guess not as I’m all eyes on TV, Twitter and newspaper.
So, here’s my simple congratulatory note to Mary Joy Tabal and Coach Philip Duenas who both emerged champions on the 21K category in the recent Sundown Marathon held in Singapore.
Mary Joy Tabal and her coach Philip Duenas (Photo grabbed from Yahoo Sports SG courtesy of HiVelocity Events)
I’m proud of you guys! I hope you guys make it on TV, maybe on GMA’s Good News with Ms. Vicky Morales. Our country needs good news, inspirations like you two!
Here’s what John Philip Duenas has to say, “Lipay kaayo ko sa ako daog kay didto nako nakita nga nalipay sad ang ubang mga Pilipino nga nakadaog ko. The Filipinos were very supportive. Halos mag lukso-lukso na sila sa kalipay labi na pag awarding.” (I’m very happy because I see that fellow Filipinos were very happy with my victory. The Filipinos were very supportive, they like to jump to rejoice with me during the awarding ceremony.)
Mary Joy Tabal on the other hand said, “I was very intimidated before running this race. There were international runners there. But after that race, I realized, maka-compete man sad diay ta ug mga lig-on nga runners.” (But after the race, I realized that I can now compete with elite runners.)
Thanks to runner friend, Sir Leo “Toel Toel” for giving me a heads up!
Here’s more of the results:
21km Men’s Open
1. John Philip Dueñas, 25 (PHI) 01:14:28:92
2. Stuart Mclay 01:17:32:93
3. Ivan Low, 28 (SIN) 01:18:43:95
21km Women’s Open
1. Mary Joy Tabal, 22 (PHI) 01:25:28:69
2. Lim Baoying, 30 (SIN) 01:33:59:23
3. Rachel See, 30 (SIN) 01:34:41:69
42km Men’s Open
1. Alex Ong Seng Lee, 25 (SIN) 03:03:33:60
2. Kwong Man Lau 03:05:17:81
3. Russell Ericksen 03:05:45:30
42km Women’s Open
1. Susan Arbuthnott, 38 (UK) 03:23:02:08
2. Pui Yan Chow (CHN) 03:31:14:58
3. Stella Lee, 37 (SIN)03:37:23:36
Official website of sundownmarathon.com.
Read more about this at: Yahoo Sports SG and Sunstar News