Marestella Torres-Sunang, three-time Olympian and Southeast Asian long jump queen who hails from San Jose, Negros Oriental, aims to make her country proud in the long jump event of the 2016 Rio Olympics athletics today at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Like silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifting, the 35-year-old Torres-Sunang wants to bring home a medal after failing to do so in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.
This would be her last Olympic stint and she is hoping for a good performance after the hardships that she went through during training. To get a chance for the finals, her target is to go beyond her own record which would be the best finish in the Olympics. Last month, she set a new national team record of 6.72 meters at the Kazakhstan Open athletics championship, exceeding the Olympic standard of 6.70 meters and earning a slot at the Rio Olympics.
Since this is her third time in the Olympics, she knows how things work now unlike in previous games when she was groping her way around. She will be using her vast experiences from the past to work for her advantage this time.