Marathoner Tabal sees Brazil weather favorable

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Mary Joy Tabal CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mary Joy Tabal CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal is finetuning adjustments in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games on Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tabal flew to Brazil after a month-long training at the Nippon Sports and Science University in Yokohama, Japan.

The 27-year-old native of Cebu City said she needs to adjust quickly with sleep cycle and food intake as well as to acclimatize to Brazil’s weather condition.

“I just had my last long run on Sunday and I am getting more nervous,” Tabal told The Manila Times in an interview through private messaging.


Upon her arrival in Brazil, Tabal will start to taper her training and conditioning to 60 percent and further reduce to 50 to 40 percent, a week before her competition day.

“I think I will not have problem with the weather there. It is an advantage for me,” said Tabal.

Unlike Tabal, long-jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang is still adapting with the weather conditions and coping with her body clock.

“I am still on adjustment period especially with my sleep. It’s also cold here but nothing to worry about,” said Torres-Sunang.

The 35-year-old Torres-Sunang will try to give her best shot on her third Olympic stint.

“Since it’s my third appearance in the Olympics, I will really give my best shot” she added.

Torres-Sunang will start her bid in the qualifying round of women’s long jump on August 16 while Tabal will compete on August 14 in the women’s marathon event.

Eric Shauwn Cray, on the other hand, will compete in the men’s 400 meter hurdles qualifying round one on August 15.

Should they qualify in the preliminary rounds, Cray will move to the semifinals and finals on August 16 and August 18, respectively, while Torres-Sunang resumes her bid on August 17.

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