Sheena Atilano, the Philippines’ premiere sprint hurdler, answers 10-for-10!
Atilano came into prominence in 2007, when she broke the legendary Elma Muros-Posadas‘ long-standing 100m hurdles record by one-one hundredth of a second, stopping the clock at 13.65s. Fresh from landing a podium finish in the tough 2010 Asian Grand Prix, Atilano is slated to compete in this year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou.
1.) How did you get started with track?
When i was in grade 6. I had the longest jump in our PE class at the same time merong track meet sa aming district tapos dinala ako dun ng teacher ko at pinasali and then nanalo ako, tutuloy na yun hanggang sa Palarong Pambansa. (There was this track meet in our district. My teacher made me compete in the long jump – and I won. I competed in the long jump in the Palarong Pambansa). I won gold in [the] long jump girls and [at] that time, Marestella Torres came in at 4th place!
2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?
Siguro yung unang nag sub 14 ako at siyempre nung nagbreak ako ng national record :) (When I ran my first-ever Sub-14 race and when I broke the 100m hurdles record)
3.) What’s your life-long dream?
Life long dream? Ang yumaman. (To become rich) Siguro sa track career year lang ha, B standard. (In my track career, to reach the Olympic “B” standard of 13.11s).
4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?
Long tights ba ‘to?..shorts shorts na lang. (Are we talking about long tights? I prefer short shorts!)
5.) If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?
Rachel! Don’t stop believing.
6.) How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?
FRIENDS kasi hindi ko pa napanuod yung How I Met Your Mother. (I’d choose FRIENDS since I haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother yet).
7.) What’s the best pump-up song of all time?
I’m not really into music eh. I like yung climb ni Miley [Cyrus]for my track career. (I like Miley Cyrus’ “Climb” for my track career).
8.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?
hurdler49: Sheena answered with a question mark. Apparently, she’s living the dream right now!
9.) Name three things you just can’t live without.
Internet, money, family.
10.) Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.
Thank you for answering, Sheena!
* Marestella Torres - Filipino long jump record holder at 6.68m. Two-time SEA Games gold medalist, winner of the 2009 Asian Championships.
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