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Young Athletes Using Makeshift Shoes During Competition Win Medals

ILOILO CITY – Several young athletes win medals although they are using improvised shoes during a sports competition in Iloilo.

Previously, it has been reported that a female runner named Rhea Bullos wins three gold medals in a running competition without proper running shoes. The athletes wore makeshift shoes during the contest.

Bullos beats her rivals using her improvised shoes in three categories including 400-meter dash Elem Girls, 800-m run Elem Girls, and 1500-m run Elem Girls. The young girl proved that success can be earned through hard work and determination.

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Recently, a Facebook user named Leo Solinap reported that aside from Bullos, there are other barefoot runners wearing makeshift shoes win medals in a sports event in the province of Iloilo.

The elementary pupils from the Fifth District of Iloilo win numerous medals during the 2019 Iloilo Schools Sports Council Meet, which was held at the Iloilo Sports Complex. The sports event started last December 7, 2019.

The coaches called the athletes as barefoot runners for joining the athletic event without shoes. They just wrapped the feet with brown plaster for protection against blisters. The runners harvest medals in different events such as hurdles, sprinting and long-distance events.

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Coach Joe Marie Sandoy also revealed that the pupils were not used to wear spike shoes instead they use rubber shoes during practice. However, the runners preferred to run barefoot since the oval field is made up of rubber.

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“These children are using rubber shoes during practice especially our training grounds are made of soils, grass and sometimes water,” Sandoy said.

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Some athletes also received Nike shoes from an unknown donor.

Here is the list of barefoot runners who win on their respective tracks:

  • Bernadeth Delos Reyes
    BRONZE – 100 meters
    GOLD – 4×100 meter relay gold
  • Mark Anthony Dichosa,
    BRONZE – 1500 meters
  • Rhea Bullos,
    GOLD – 800 meters,
    GOLD – 1500 meters,
    GOLD – 4×400 meters relay
    SILVER – 4×100 meters relay
  • Hazel Joy Suyr
    BRONZE – 800 meters
  • Jhon Roy Dela Cruz,
    GOLD – 800 meters
    GOLD – 1500 meters
  • Jouana Labajo
    GOLD – 400-meter hurdle
    BRONZE – 100-meter hurdle
  • Jm Zabala
    SILVER – 400 hurdle
    SILVER – 100 hurdle
  • Daniel Khen Jhon B. Olmedo
    GOLD – 400-meter hurdle

Other winners for field events are:

  • Liezel Ann Chavez
    SILVER – High Jump
  • John Ever Ciriaco
    BRONZE – High Jump
  • Thea Marie Jan Vales
    GOLD – Shot Put
  • Rhealyn De Costa
    GOLD – Discus Throw
    SILVER – Shot Put
  • Vincent Laguera
    GOLD – Shot Put
  • Mhekaila Mae Unabia
    SILVER – Long Jump
  • Rica Mae Guevarra
    SILVER – Javelin Throw
  • Third Hope Balinas
    BRONZE – Triple Jump
  • Joselito C. Magallanes
    GOLD – Javelin Throw

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