Philippine Athletics Team Gears Up for World Athletics Indoor Championships

Philippine Athletics Team Gears Up for World Athletics Indoor Championships

The Philippine athletics team is set to make its mark in the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships, commencing tonight with Lauren Hoffman leading the charge in the women’s 400-meter event in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hoffman, fresh from her impressive performance at the 2024 Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational where she clocked 53.71 seconds, will kick off the national team’s campaign. The 24-year-old Duke University athlete aims to set a strong foundation for her teammates, hurdler John Cabang and pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena.

Scheduled to begin her run at 6:20 p.m. Manila time, Hoffman’s participation in the 400 meters serves as an opportunity for her to diversify her skills and enhance her chances of securing a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Although her specialty lies in the 400m hurdles, Hoffman’s foray into the 400 meters will provide valuable experience and contribute to her overall development as an athlete.

According to Jasper Tanhueco, secretary general of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa), Hoffman’s decision to compete in a different event aligns with her long-term goals. Tanhueco, who arrived in Glasgow alongside Hoffman last Wednesday, expressed confidence in the team’s preparedness for the championships.

Following Hoffman’s event, Cabang will take center stage in the men’s 60m hurdles on March 2 at 6:10 p.m. Manila time. Obiena, the renowned pole vaulter, will conclude the Philippine team’s participation on March 4 at 3 a.m. Manila time.

Tanhueco emphasized the unwavering support of Patafa president Terry Capistrano towards the athletes’ campaign. With high hopes pinned on their representatives, Tanhueco reiterated their confidence in Obiena’s determination to excel on the global stage.