Olympian Torres nails Asian Games berth

Posted at 08/28/2014 2:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipina long jumper Marestella Torres will compete in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, the Philippine Star reported on Thursday.

Torres initially did not qualify for the Asiad after not making the standard of 6.37-meters set by the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Asiad Task Force.

But she finally qualified after jumping 6.45-meters in the Singapore Open recently, and winning the gold medal in the process.

"She earned the slot by jumping the mark needed to qualify. That was all we asked for. She deserved it," PSC chairman Richie Garcia told Olmin Leyba of the Philippine Star

"Nagpapasalamat po ako at nabigyan ako muli ng pagkakataon na mapatunayan ko na kaya kong manalo sa Asian Games," said Torres, who placed fourth in the 2010 edition of the Asiad.

The 33-year-old Torres has represented the Philippines in the World Championships, the Olympics, and the Southeast Asian Games.