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Hope During the Dark Days: Mary Joy Tabal’s Victory is the Country’s Victory

Tabal is thankful for the love and support from fellow Filipinos. [Image Credit: Kuala Lumpur 2017/Facebook]

The Marathon Queen

Mary Joy Tabal, known as the “Marathon Queen” of the Philippines gave the country a reason to be happy about after the bad and sad news happening. Tabal earned the first gold medal for the country last 2017 Southeast Asian Games after she gave a dominant performance in the women’s marathon last Saturday at the Palace of Justice.

Tabal raising the Philippine flag after grabbing the gold medal. [Image Credit: camillenaredo/Twitter]

Performance Even at the Beginning

Tabal set the pace right, even after the opening gun. She steadily built a huge lead over the other competitors.

The Marathon Queen is a Rio Olympian and was ahead of two of the most competitive players: Hoang Thi Thanh of Vietnam who finished 2:55:43 and Natthaya T of Thailand who finished 2:58:17. She finished with a time of 2:48:26.

The athlete endured hardcore training for the Sea Games. [Image Credit: Harris Jazz Mortillero/Youtube]

Worth the Game

Tabal settled for the silver medal two years ago after competing in Singapore. She said she was nervous at the beginning. However, her intense training was on her mind while running.

The Cebuana native also revealed that she wants to show all the Filipino that we can achieve our goals.

Her victory gave hope for everyone. [Image Credit: Mary Joy Tabal/Facebook]

Tabal, who was in tears during her triumph, was hoping to give a performance that will fire up the rest of the Filipino athletes who will be in the tournament.

Successful Sea Games

After the victory of Tabal, the Philippines now have 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronzes.

Her lead became a great start for all the Filipino athletes. [Image Credit: Mary Joy Tabal/Facebook]

The four-time PBA MVP Mon Fernandez, who is now with the Philippine Sports Commission, enveloped Tabal with a tight hug after her triumph with the women’s marathon. He expressed his hope that other athletes can take the Cebuana’s achievement to their hearts.

Tabal’s victory is a light amidst the dark news happening in the country. [Image Credit: Mary Joy Tabal/Facebook]

For the former PBA player, Tabal is an inspiration for other Filipino athletes. She showed that her size is not an issue in giving a great performance.

“I hope the other athletes will find inspiration from that,” said Fernandez.

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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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