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    Ulboc, fellow middle-distance runners leave for Perth training in bid to make Olympics

    Jan 5, 2016

    TRACKSTERS Christopher Ulboc, Edgardo Alejan, and Mervin Guarte will leave for Perth this month to embark on a three-month training in the first leg of their buildup for major international competitions, including the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    “It’s a long range plan. If they fail to make it to the Olympics, they will be good for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, and the SEA Games in Manila in 2019,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico.

    The three Pinoy distance runners will undergo intensive training in the capital city of Western Australia as they seek to improve on their impressive showing from last year, specifically during the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

    In the athletics competitions of the SEA Games held in Singapore last year, Ulboc won the 3,000m steeplechase event while Guarte bagged a silver in the 800m dash and Alejan the 4x400m silver and a bronze in the 400m run.

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