Mare, the Olympian

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.

Torres both holds the PH national record for long jump (6.71m) and triple jump (12.67m)

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:

SEA Games

2011: Gold 6.71m NR

2009: Gold 6.68m NR

2007: Gold 6.31m

2005: Gold 6.47m

Torres is the 2nd most successful long jumper in the SEA Games history with 4 golds, behind Elma Muros-Posadas’ 8 golds

Asian Games

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

Torres in action during the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Instabul Turkey

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

Torres is a veteran of 3 World Championships and 1 Olympic Games

Olympic Games

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

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