RIO DE JANEIRO — Kirstie Elaine Alora is down with a slight fever but is not alarmed since her Olympic debut is still on August 20, the final day of the taekwondo competition in the Olympics.
Dr. Ferdinand Brawner, the lead doctor of the Philippine delegation, has advised Alora to rest as she's also suffering from a sore throat.
For Alora, however, this is just her body's way of acclimatizing to the conditions here in the Brazilian city and she's already recovering well ahead of the tournament.
“Sobrang malaking factor kasi iba po ‘yung time zone. Nung mga unang araw, may ubo at sipon ako pero well-adjusted na ako,” said Alora.
Alora, who will be competing in the +64-kg weight class, has been training in the morning to simulate the time set for the taekwondo competitions.
“Inaagahan ko para ma-adjust ko katawan ko. Ang start (ng competition) is 9 a.m. so dapat 8:30 a.m., nagte-train na po ako para masanay na katawan ko,” said Alora.
So far, Alora is weighing 76 kilograms, but she remains confident of reaching the optimum weight come fight time.
“Madali lang ‘yun (lose one kilo). Isang training lang ‘yun. Hindi ko problema ‘yung weight,” said Alora.