SEA Games Silver medalist Mary Joy Tabal, 26 clocked a new personal best of 1:18.44 in the Half Marathon. This mark also subject to ratification breaks the Pinoyathletics National Record of 1:18.46 held by ‘The Great’ Cristabel Martes. This was set in Angkor Cambodia on the 03.12.2000. Martes was the SEA Games 2001 and 2005 SEA Games and one of her idols.
Tabal entered the race expecting a trial workout and was delighted to break her personal best. She ran at the Adachi Goshikizakura Half Marathon in Japan. It was a significant improvement on her best for Tabal whose previous best of 1:19.36 at the Great Eastern in Singapore last year.
Tabal who went independent of the PATAFA after SEA Games, is currently preparing in Japan sponsored by Motor Ace, ASICS and Milo among other private companies.
Not to forget the hard work and very scientific approach of her long time hard working coach John Philip Duenas.
Its a positive feeling for Tabal, whose next meet will be at Boston in a month.
She is aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympic qualification the standard was 2h42 but then it was made a more achievable 2h45.00 in the last 6 months by the IAAF
Her best is 2h48.00 from 2013 Milo Marathon she ran 2h48.16 in wet miserable conditions in the 2015 Milo Marathon at Clark in December.
As of now Eric Cray is the only athlete qualified for Olympics in Athletics, Tabal is the closest qualifier in the females based on performance in her event.