Pascua hurdles obstacles in World Championships

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star
Pascua hurdles obstacles in World Championships
Kevin Pascua is flanked by Kaizen dela Serna and Precious Cabuya during the awarding ceremony.

MANILA, Philippines — There’s no slowing down for members of the Philippine obstacle course racing team.

The Philippine team produced yet another world champion in Kevin Pascua, who blew everyone away in the Male OCR 100m event of the OCR World Championships in Genk, Belgium last Sunday.

It was another eye-popping feat for Pascua, who set a new world record by going sub-30 seconds in the 100-meter x10 obstacle event for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold in Alabang.

That record was eventually eclipsed by another Philippine bet Mark Julius Rodelas.

But last Sunday in Belgium, the lightning-quick Pascua made sure he zoomed back to the top with another performance to remember. Silver went to Janczuk Przemyslaw and the bronze to Wladyslaw Sokolowski of Poland.

Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF) president Atty. Al Agra said Precious Cabuya and Kaizen dela Serna likewise brought home medals as they copped the silver and bronze, respectively, in the female section behind Katarzyna Jonaczyk of Poland.

“There is no substitute for hard work, consistency and passion,” said Agra. “Our national athletes possess and demonstrate these during the World Obstacle Championships. They are truly world-class,” he added.

Pascua’s sensational effort in the event that drew entries from 40 countries came less than a year after Andrico Mahilum and Sandi Abahan emerged from the Himalayas as the Altitude OCR World Championships Mount Everest winners.

By the looks of it, there’s more to come from the Philippine obstacle course racers.

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