Borlain Family Triumphs at Batang Pinoy

IronKids mainstays win medals, set record at under-15 competition

Earlier this week, Tara Borlain set an unofficial record for a 14-year old Filipina at the Batang Pinoy competition in Vigan.

Earlier this week, at the 2017 Batang Pinoy Athletics Competition, triathlon star Tara Borlain set a record in the qualifiers for the 800-meter track event. While the results can’t be counted, not having been set in the Finals, Tara nevertheless achieved the fastest time by a 14-year old Filipina with a 2:15:49 timestamp – four seconds faster than the previous record. She would go on to claim Gold in the actual 800m and 3000m events.

While the time can’t be counted as official, Tara’s father and trainer, Ringo, shared his family’s pride at the achievement with PlayPH, saying, “We’re very happy! We didn’t really expect it would come this early. We thought it would be coming by April next year (at Palarong Pambansa).”

Sam Borlain finished the Batang Pinoy with 4 Silver medals and 1 Bronze.

Tara’s elder sister, Sam, also saw a good run at the Batang Pinoy, taking part in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m free, 200m swimming events, finishing with an impressive 4 Silvers and a Bronze.

 

Ringo told PlayPH that his children’s achievements stemmed from an increased focus on nutrition and recovery times, sharing that the young athletes actually underwent less training than they would traditionally do for their triathlon events. Ringo also mentioned the importance of finding time to balance his children’s responsibilities at school with their training.

 

Now that the government’s annual multi-sports meet for 15-and-under students has wrapped, the Borlains are enjoying a well-deserved break in Vigan. As for future plans, Ringo said that they were looking forward to competing in the 2019 SouthEast Asian Games, which ther Philipines is set to host. “We need to start preparations as early as December this year.”

 

Even though the SEA Games are two years away, the Borlains’ medal-winning performances at their very first Batang Pinoy show that, through their family’s love and hard work, these young athletes will go far.

 

Now that the government’s annual multi-sports meet for 15-and-under students has wrapped, the Borlains are enjoying a well-deserved break in Vigan. As for future plans, Ringo said that they were looking forward to competing in the 2019 SouthEast Asian Games, which ther Philipines is set to host. “We need to start preparations as early as December this year.”

The Borlain family poses for a photo at the Batang PInoy venue in Vigan.

While the SEA Games are two years away, the Borlains’ medal-winning performances at their very first Batang Pinoy show that, through their family’s love and hard work, these young athletes will go far.

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