Ta­bal leaves for Italy to­day


CEBUANA Olympian Mary Joy Ta­bal will leave for Tus­cany, Italy to start her long and gru­el­ing train­ing for her stint in the South­east Asian Games (SEAG) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this Au­gust.

She and her trainer John Philip Dueñas will be in Italy for a month. Her train­ing is made pos­si­ble with the help of cor­po­rate backer Mo­torace Philippines.

“It's go­ing to ben­e­fit both ath­lete and trainer be­cause the Tus­cany Train­ing Camp teaches the train­ers some sci­en­tific ways in train­ing their ath­letes,” said Ta­bal. “I am very ex­cited to go there and ex­pe­ri­ence an Olympic-class train­ing camp, which I hope would work out for me so that I can im­prove my skills.”

Ta­bal and Dueñas chose to train in Italy as per rec­om­mended by the for­mer’s Ja­panese trainer Akio Usami.

Usami trained Ta­bal for a cou­ple of months last year be­fore her stint in the Rio Olympics, where she be­came the first Filip­ina to com­pete in the women’s full marathon.

“This train­ing is long term, our main goal is to pre­pare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this is just the be­gin­ning part of a long and gru­el­ing prepa­ra­tion. This was al­ready planned not just by me and Philip but also my Ja­panese train­ers. I will re­turn to Ja­pan on 2019 to train there be­fore the Olympics,” said Ta­bal.

Ta­bal will be back in Cebu on May 20 then will head straight to Canada for the Sco­tia BankOt­tawa Marathon.

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