Focused Abahan eyes podium finish in Kinabalu-A A +A
Sunday, May 25, 2014
REIGNING women's champion of the 3rd Pilipinas Akyathlon Sandy Menchi Abahan is trying to keep her focus for a decent finish in the 28th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon in Sabah, Malaysia on October 18-19.
The 23-year-old former University of the Cordilleras Jaguars, who recently finished her bachelor’s degree in education, said she can now fully concentrate in winning the upcoming international event.
“So far mas makaka-tutok na talaga ako sa preparations ko for Mt. Kinabalu, I am done with college studies and it would only keep me moving towards my goal to win in Malaysia after that,” Abahan said.
“Medyo naging limited lang ang training pero after this siguradong tuloy-tuloy na,” Abahan added.
Abahan, also the reigning women's North Face 100 women's 50 kilometer champion earlier this month, set a new time record of 7:00:06 to be the fastest female runner outclassing second placer and Kenyan Kemboi Patrober who crossed the finish line with 8:06:29.
According to Abahan, she will continue enduring high altitude running as one of her preparation.
She added she will try to stay healthy and avoid further injuries, where she earlier incurred a joggers heel injury, that may cause her to fall behind in the race.
Abahan will be accompanied by Bicol-based runner Jemarvin Cabilan, the first Filipino male to finish the Akyathlon 2014.
The two will be the Philippines' representatives and will be sponsored by Philippine Skyrunning Association with a round-trip ticket and race entry going to Malaysia.
Abahan will try to bid for the top place finish in the 2,760-meter high Mt. Kinabalu as she tries to set new records after lording in Pilipinas Akyathlon 2014 crossing the finish line in 4:59:50. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 26, 2014.