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3 PH tracksters stay in hunt for ‘24 Paris Olympics slots

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THREE tracksters from the Philippines have remained in qualification range for the Paris Olympics.

Fil-American bets Lauren Hoffman and Robyn Brown, along with Spain-based John Cabang Tolentino kept their hopes alive following excellent showings during the recent 2024 ICTSI-Philippine Athletics Championship.

The 24-year-old Hoffman moved up from no. 31 to 30 in the Olympic rankings of women’s 400-meter hurdles, while Cabang Tolentino stayed within range at no. 32 in the men’s 100-meter run.

Brown has dropped to 40 from 33, but is still within range of possible qualifiers in the women’ 400-meter hurdles.

Olympic veterans Kristina Knott and Eric Cray have dropped out of range in the women’s 200-meters and the men’s 400-meter hurdles, respectively.

Homegrown bet Janry Ubas is also out of range in the men’s long jump at no. 42.

Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Terry Capistrano took note of their qualification status.

“We got to do everything possible so these athletes will have a fighting chance,” said Capistrano.

The three have a good chance of joining the top country’s top pole vaulter Ernerst John Obiena in the Paris Olympics.

More international meets are scheduled for Hoffman, Brown and Cabang Tolentino so that they will stay in contention until the qualification period’s cutoff in June.

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