Ilocano athlete eyes Olympics after hurdling SEA games

Freddie G. Lazaro

 

LAOAG CITY (PIA) – Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid of Dingras, Ilocos Norte is setting his sights on the Olympic Games after winning the gold medal in the 27th South East Asian Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in December last year.

 

Cid, who just returned from training, expressed optimism he will compete in the Olympic decathlon noting that he needs to gain enough points to qualify to the event.

 

“I am very much happy to represent our country in the 27th SEA Games. But I still need to work hard to join bigger competitions. I will not stop. Instead I will work hard and pray and hopefully someday, I can compete in the Olympics,” he said.

 

After setting a new record of 7, 038 points in the field of decathlon, Cid was named as the “New Iron Man” of SEA Games. He broke the national mark of 6,963 points set by Fidel Gallenero in 2001.

 

According to Cid, decathlon was his chosen field as it challenges him to do multiple events.

 

“Multiple events challenge me that’s why I chose decathlon,” he said.

 

Joining the decathlete had opened the doors for Cid to compete for bigger events, such as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) where he was awarded as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for three consecutive years and the recently concluded 27th SEAG.

 

Cid led the awardees of the first ever Sirib Youth Awards in the celebration of the 196th foundation anniversary of Ilocos Norte last February 2. 

The Sirib Youth Awards is a tribute to young Ilocanos whose contributions made the province and the country proud. (MCA/FGL PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)

 

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