January 11, 2017 12:12 AM
By: Elyrose S. Naorbe
LONG jumper and Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang of Negros Oriental is aiming for the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in the 2017 edition of the biennial event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 19 to 31.
The 36-year-old Sunang shared she will do better in the upcoming games and surpass her bronze medal finish in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
The pride of San Jose, Negros Oriental also represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil but failed to win a medal.
Sunang has four SEA Games gold medals which she won in 2005 in the Philippines, 2007 in Thailand, 2009 in Laos, and 2011 in Indonesia. She failed to compete in Myanmar after giving birth to her first child.
In 2015, she had her worst performance in the biennial event after finishing third. Her best record was 6.71 meters, which she tallied during the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
“I'll be preparing for this game dahil gusto kong makabawi dun sa performance ko sa Singapore,” she added. “Kayang kaya ko pa naman mag compete. Ang magpapa-retire lang sa akin ay injury.”