Filipino-American pole vaulter Natalie Uy is now back in training mode and raring to restart her buildup for qualification to the Tokyo Olympics, athletics chief Philip Juico said.
Owing to a right hand fracture, Uy, who won gold during the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, was unable to gain inroads in training last year.
With Uy starting to feel well, Juico said the 26-year-old prized find is eyeing to take part in several outdoor tournaments, starting with an event in Georgia in the third week of this month.
“They told us that she’s already ready and she has also started actual jumping and training,” Juico said.
Together with fellow United States-based tracksters and Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Eric Cray and Kristina Knott, Uy is aiming to join Olympic pole vaulter EJ Obiena in the Summer Games.
Despite the injury, Juico bared that Uy never stopped sharpening her skills as she continuously boosted her strength and speed while undergoing rehab.
And with her overall fitness now going back to normal, Uy is once again setting her sights on clearing the Olympic standard of 4.70 meters to book a ticket to Tokyo.
“We still don’t know whether she’s already 100 percent ready, but they are being very careful so that she won’t aggravate her previous injury,” Juico added.