Cebu’s pride Mary Joy Tabal 2016 Rio Olympic Journey ended at the Boston Marathon. The 27 year old SEA Games Silver Medalist in this event fell six seconds short of the Olympic qualifying mark registering 2.49.01. Tabal finished 20th in the women’s event. Heart Break Hill proved too difficult for Tabby this time.
Even more alarming was the performance of Rafael ‘Master Endurance’ Poliquit who was just two seconds faster than Tabal with a 2.47.16 run and placed 277th int he male category. Poliquit who did not finish at the SEA Games, then came back to win the Milo Marathon is still in the hunt for a good performance.
“To be honest, I am really disappointed with my performance because I could have done so much better. I felt that I prepared myself well, and I was very positive, but I started feeling cramps in my quads after the first half. The pain was getting worse that I was about to stop, even the marshalls wanted me to stop,” said Tabal. (Phil Star)
Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa won in 2:29.19, and Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the men’s.