Marathon queen Christine Hallasgo has yet to plot her road to the Olympics following a golden finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Hallasgo, who toppled Mary Joy Tabal in a thrilling finale of women’s marathon of the biennial meet last month, admitted that she has yet to get instructions from the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) regarding her road to Tokyo Olympics next year.
She said her fate lies on the federation, which included her in its list of athletes who will be prioritized for the Olympics.
Also in that list are sprinter Kristina Knott, hurdler Eric Cray, thrower William Morrison, and pole vault specialists Nathalie Uy and EJ Obiena, the first athlete to qualify in the Tokyo Games.
They will be given all-out support courtesy of the Philippine Sports Commission, which was given the marching order by President Rodrigo Duterte to dole out an additional P100 million for the quest for Olympic gold.
But Hallasgo said everything remains up in the air.
“It all depends on Patafa’s decision whether they want me to participate in Olympic qualifiers or not,” said the 27-year-old Bukidnon native.
“Back in December, Patafa already asked me if I could train abroad. But that was still tentative back then. I know they want me to send abroad so I can compete in Olympic qualifying tournaments.”
“So far, we’re still waiting for Patafa’s decision.”
Hallasgo said she’s looking forward to shooting an Olympic slot.
“Competing in the Olympics is one of my dreams. But given the very slim window to prepare, it looks like I need to double the intensity in training. If I compete, I must work hard and do everything double time,” Hallasgo said, adding that she’s ready should Patafa tap her.