Hallasgo beats her idol Tabal to steal the gold

CHRISTMAS came early for the Philippines’ Christine Hallasgo who showed dogged determination to overcome her idol and nation’s marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal to the gold medal at the New Clark City Athletics Arena.

Hallasgo beats her idol Tabal to steal the gold
CHRISTMAS came early for the Philippines’ Christine Hallasgo who showed dogged determination to overcome her idol and nation’s marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal to the gold medal at the New Clark City Athletics Arena. The 27-year-old finished with a time of 2’56.56 dethroning her teammate Mary who clocked in at 2’58.49 for a 1-2 finish for the hosts. Vietnam’s Phamm Thi Hong Le came in at 3’02.52 for the bronze. It was an impressive feat as hot favourite Mary Joy was not only the gold medal winner at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017 but she is also the first from her country to ever qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Tabal, who fainted and had to be stretchered off from the finish line to the medical room was a long 15 minute shot off her personal best of 2’43.31. She eventually recovered and was present at the medal ceremony. Hallasgo said it was a dream come true. “I’m so happy to win the gold and be given the chance to race here because this is my first SEA Games. I really didn’t expect this one, ” said Hallasgo. “I’m very thankful. I felt cramps in my leg and it’s amazing to finish the marathon in first place.” “Mary Joy is also one of my idols as I have watched her in action growing up. I’ve always wanted to become a great runner like her and follow in her footsteps.” “So to win against her here is one of my biggest achievements and an advance Christmas gift and blessing to my family.” Article type: free User access status: 3