Soon-to-be father Aries Toledo fought off injury as family watched golden performance

Dec 11, 2019
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

New Clark City – Even the toughest man in the 30th Southeast Asian Games found himself a little fragile during his fight for decathlon gold. Aries Toledo had entered the race with a hamstring injury, but he didn't want to dishearten his family, who were watching him live in the regional meet for the first time.

Even if he lost, he'd still get a gold: He and his wife were expecting his first child in February.

When his pregnant wife, mother, and father came to witness his success live on Tuesday, “mas lalo akong nabuhayan ‘nung nakita ko sila," he said to SPIN Life. "May nagpalakas ng loob ko. Sabi ko sa sarili ko lalaban ako kahit anong mangyari. Pumutok man ‘yung hamstring ko, ilalaban ko ‘to."

He's helping out more than just his immediate family.

“Ako yung tinatawag nilang breadwinner ngayon. Kumbaga ako nagpapaaral sa kapatid ko, sa mga pinsan ko ako yung, sumusustento kanila mama papa. Tapos ngayon may family pa ko kaya ganon talaga eh, yun yung kapalaran ko kaya binigay ko sa kanila.” he said.

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He continued: “International kaya first time silang nanonood, ayoko pa sana sila papanuorin kasi baka mag-alala. Tiniis ko na lang at ipinakita ko na lang na okay lang ako, nakangiti lang ako, para di sila matakot.”

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