Pinoy pride EJ Obiena and Carlos Yulo already booked tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Games after their impressive runs in their respective Olympics qualification rounds.
In September, Obiena, the country’s best bet in the pole vault event, qualified for the quadrennieal meet in an event in Italy. Earlier, meanwhile, Yulo finished 16th overall out of the 160 gymnasts in the all-around category in the World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany. This gave the gymnast a berth in the Olympics next year.
But there’s another Filipino athlete that is seeking a berth in the world’s most prestigious multi-event: Filipina triathlete Kim Mangrobang.
Triathlon Association of the Philippines head Tom Carrasco, also the current executive director of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, confirmed to FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview that Mangrobang is busy competing in different parts of the world to qualify for next year’s Olympics.
“Mangrobang is moving around the world competing. I think her schedule will be next in South America, kasi she’s actually aspiring to get a slot in the Olympics. Yung kanyang programa is not just for the SEA Games. She’ll be coming back Nov. 14 or 15 coming from South America,” said Carrasco.
According to Carrasco, Mangrobang has been able to compete for nearly the whole year round through her sponsors.
“May sarili siyang sponsor. Niri-refund niya lang ibang gastos niya. Hindi siya naghihintay kung na-release na ba cheke ng PSC. Mayroon na siyang sariling pondo. I’ve heard she’s going around the world. Tumutulong sa kanya si Ramon Ang as a private sponsor,” added Carrasco.
On Tuesday, Yulo became the latest Pinoy athlete to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, this after his solid showing in the 2019 World Championship where he made the cut in the men’s individual all-around and floor exercise.
Photos from Carlos Yulo, Kim Mangrobang Facebook