Marestella Torres claims she hurt hip after awkward landing in long jump warmups
Marestella Torres Sunang ends up simply matching her leap from four years ago. Jerome Ascano

RIO DE JANEIRO — Marestella Torres-Sunang said she hurt her left hip during warm-ups and she ended up jumping a little too cautious in the competition proper of the women’s long jump in the Olympics on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

“Hindi ako maka-atake ng husto. Pinipigilan ko kasi kapag binibilisan ko ‘yung takbo ko, may sumasakit,” said Torres-Sunang.

The three-time Olympian failed to reach the finals after coming up with a disappointing 6.22 on her first attempt and even shorter leaps in the next two.

[See Marestella Torres fares poorly in Olympic long jump, falls way short of place in finals]

Just last month, Sunang jumped 6.72 to qualify for Rio and a few months back won the national open with a 6.6 leap.

Her 6.22 put her in 14th spot in Group B.

It was sadly a repeat of her London stint, where the best she could do was also 6.22 after earlier registering 6.71 to win gold in the Southeast Asian Games.

Torres said she landed awkwardly during the warm-up, hitting the same spot a competitor from Great Britain also landed into.

“Dun ako na-shoot dun sa tinalunan nung sinundan ko. Sumakit ’yung hips ko,” said Torres-Sunang.

Sunang noted a spot in the finals was achievable, with the last spot in the finals claimed by Britain’s Jazmin Sawyers with a 6.53-m leap.

“Sayang kasi kung makikita mo ’yung result talaga, kung makuha ko lang ’yung 6.40, 6.50, mababa rin halos lahat,” said Torres-Sunang.

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