Pinay jin Alora upbeat for Rio

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Tae kwon do jin Kirstie Elaine Alora expands her training regimen in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

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The 26-year old Alora said that she is pressing herself to practice three times a day to ensure that she’ll be perfectly in shape for the Rio Games.

“We include speed training as well as strength and conditioning for my stamina in my training program since I am small for my weight category,” said Alora in an interview with The Manila Times on Thursday.

Alora is also engaging taller jins in sparring.

“She is competing in the last weight category (+67kgs) and you have players there who are six foot tall and heavier than her. But still, we have to prepare for those whom she might be competing with,” Philippine Tae kwon do Association training director Igor Mella said.

Mella said that the association is exerting all efforts to help Alora achieved her fullest potential as a competitor.

Before going to Brazil, Alora, with other national team players will compete in the Korea Open from June 26 to July 5.

“Definitely, I will be facing some of the top seeded players in my weight category,” said Alora.

“I am still relaxed. But, we are focused training which I really need,” she concluded.

Alora claimed a ticket to the Rio Games following her runner-up finish in the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament held at the Marriott Grand­ballroom in Pasay City.

She was the lone Filipino Olympic qualifier for tae kwon do this time.

Alora joined the ranks of Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez (boxing), Ian Larriba (table tennis), and Eric Cray (athletics), who earlier earned Olympics berths.

JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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