We have tried chatting with Philippine long jump record holder Marestella Torres thru facebook but with her busy traininig schedule, she wasnt able to respond. But this will not prevent us from celebrating and promoting her as the Philippine Athletics’ best bet for a medal this Olympics.
Marestella is also a good triple jumper, in fact she is also a National record holder for the triple jump with a 12.67m performance done 12 years ago.
However, she opted to concentrate on the long jump and subsequently broke Elma Muros’ record of 6.56m in 2005 with a jump of 6.63 during the Asian Athletics Championships, then improved it to 6.68m at the 2009 SEA Games, then improved it again to 6.71m in last years SEA Games.
She is a 4-time SEA Games gold medalist.
Below is the summary of her international performances:
2011: Gold 6.71m NR
2009: Gold 6.68m NR
2007: Gold 6.31m
2005: Gold 6.47m
2010 4th 6.49m
2006: 6th 6.25m
Asian Athletics Championships
2011: 5th place, 6.34m
2009: Gold, 6.51m
2005: Silver, 6.63m, NR
2003: 4th place, 6.34m
World Indoor Championships
2012: 19th, 5.98m, qualifying round
2010: 20th, 6.06m, qualifying round
World Outdoor Championships
2011: 10th, 6.31m, qualifying round
2009: 14th 6.22m, qualifying round
2005: 8th 6.46m, qualifying round
2008: 18th, 6.17m, qualifying rounds
The 31 yr old lass’ seasons best of 6.62m is ranked 45th as of July 26, 2012. However, those who are ahead of her are 10 Americans and 7 Russians. Since only 3 per country can go to the Olympics, this should give Mare a more decent ranking.
A finals appearance for Mare would be the highlight of her illustrous career.
The last Filipino Track Olympian to go past the qualifying rounds is Hector Begeo in 1988 when he qualified for the semis of the 3,000m steeplechase.
No matter what happens, we will be rooting for you Mare!
Photocredits: Associated Press