And then there where Two: Tabby hits Rio Olympic Standard

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Mary Joy Tabal (Tabby), became the second Filipino Athletics athlete to hit the Olympic Standard. Tabby who ran 2.43.31 officially at the Scotia Bank Marathon in Ottawa Canada this morning. She now joins Eric Shauwn Cray (400 Hurdles) as the only legitimate qualifier to hit the IAAF Standards for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Also Tabby went under the official national record of Jhoann Banayag which was 2.44.21 set in the 2007 SEA Games in Bangkok. Yet the IAAF in December softened the Women’s Marathon qualification from 2.42 to 2.45 last December.

While according to Tabal’s coach Philip Duenas. The Ottawa meet is IAAF Gold Standard, so it meets the requirements to qualify for Rio. Hence with the closing date of qualification on July 11. Also Tabal placed in the top 10 for womens and got around 1000 USD prize money for her effort.

While we would like to take the time to thank all the sponsors of Tabal who guided and supported her. Motor Ace Philippines, GGC, Asics Philippines, Motor Ace Kawasaki, Citi Gym.

Hence after she left the PATAFA and decided to stick with her long time coach John Philip Duenas. Finance herself and choose which meets to compete in. While the decision to handle her own finances. Choose which meets to go in and where to train paid off big with an olympic standard and national record.

While the decision has paid off big, after evaluating there options Tabal decided to train in Japan with the help of her sponsors. Their she was on a holistic program with coach Usami and a team of specialists helping her prepare for her goal.

Tabal fell short of that goal in the difficult hilly Boston Marathon running 2:49, but has now bounced back with a New National Record and Rio Standard a few months later.

I put the success of Tabal down to her hard working loyal and scientific coach John Philip Duenas, her sponsors (mentioned above), her overseas training in Japan and all the people who continued to believe in her ability.

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All Other Athletes must hit the standard now

With Tabal making the standard, this now means (see extract below) no more wild cards. Marestella Torres (6.60m) now must leap 6.70m, and Kayla Richardson (23.67) now must run 23.20 or below to qualify for Rio.

Ernest John Obiena who has leapt 5.55m needs 5.70m to qualify.

The above athletes have until July 11, 2016 to register there marks.

The Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil August 5-21.


NOCs with no male or female qualified athlete or relay team will be allowed to enter their best male athlete and their best female athlete in one athletic event each, with the exception of the Combined Events, 10,000m and 3000m Steeplechase.

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