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Pascal Behrenbruch and Dolph Lundgren

As a big fan of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” series, I could not help but notice similarity between the German decathlete Pascal Behrenbruch and the Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, who played the unforgettable Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

 

Photos from Erik van Leeuwen and Gage Skidmore

The German champion is one of the world’s best decathletes. After two consecutive finals appearances in the World Championships (2009 and 2011), the 1.96m-tall German won the European Championships gold in Helsinki last July. He amassed an impressive 8,558 -point personal best to clinch the gold medal. However, his Olympic debut was fraught with disappointment as he failed to match his Helsinki standard. Behrenbruch could only finish in 10th place in London.

If athletics were more like professional basketball, where players take on colorful nicknames, “Ivan Drago” or “Drago” would be appropriate!

Barney Stinson… Olympic Long Jump Gold Medallist?

The resemblance between Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) and 2012 Olympic Long Jump Champion Greg Rutherford is… uncanny!

Click the screenshot to view the full image on 9gag:

“Blue Eagle, The King”

I can still remember my first ever Big Blue Eagle Cheer Rally back in 1999. I was a high school freshman, a product of a small, tight-knit learning institution in Don Antonio Heights. Unlike most of my classmates who came from the Ateneo Grade School, I stood out like a sore thumb. I had a hard time taking in all the foreign notions of Ateneo Spirit. The cheers, in particular, were unintelligible jibberish I found difficult to appreciate.

Click this link to read the full article…

The 110m Cheating Hurdles

Okay. This has got to be the second funniest hurdling video I’ve ever seen (next to this clip).

Watch the guys from The Real MacGuffins break every, single IAAF sprint hurdling rule!

Click this link to learn more about The Real MacGuffins.

Supporting the Kick-It Foundation

I’ve been watching quite a lot of tennis the past few weeks. Since it’s Wimbledon season, the internet is abuzz with news from the Championships. While browsing through the news feed of my Facebook account, I came across photos of Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic Ана Ивановић, and Victoria Azarenka (Вікторыя Азаранка Виктория  Азаренко) pledging their support for the Kick-It Foundation.

 

Williams (L) and Ivanovic (R). (Photos from Eloyse Tyson)

The Kick-It Foundation was started by a “10-year old cancer patient with a big dream- to cure cancer by playing kickball.” The foundation “raises money for pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer research.”

Screenshot from the Kick-It Foundation Website

I admire athletes like Williams, Ivanovic, and Azarenka, who take time out of their busy schedule and use their considerable clout to promote a just cause. It’s good to know that being a professional athlete is not all about the money nowadays.

Ever since my dad was diagnosed with the Big “C” a couple of years ago, my awareness of the disease jumped from mere theoretical to up close and personal. The disease has brought forth great sadness, but has also brought my family closer than ever.

Cancer among adults is bad enough. But when it afflicts children, it just becomes more heart-wrenching.

Watch the video below to learn more about Kick-It:

Additional Link:

http://www.facebook.com/kickkidscancer

Rohan Murphy. No Excuses!

Check out the following clip about Rohan Murphy. He’s a differently-abled American wrestler.

NO EXCUSES!

Additional link:

Rohan Murphy’s official site

Congratulations to the Philippine Dragon Boat Team!

The Philippine Dragon Boat team, stripped of government funding, stamped its class at the Dragon Boat World Championships in Tampa, Florida. The Filipinos hauled five gold medals in its privately-funded campaign.

Read more about the Dragon Boat team’s exploits here

Congratulations!

Tom Cruise: The World’s Greatest (On-Screen) Runner!

Lolo Jones makes the most interesting tweets!

I expected Carl Lewis or Jesse Owens to appear on the Youtube video. It turned out that it was none other than Tom Cruise himself! Watch the clip below. It’s a touching tribute to the greatest on-screen runner of all-time!

The Dougie Cool Down Routine

The dougie can be an excellent way to cool down after a workout. Watch the guys of the Philippine Pole Vault Club do the dougie!

The Final Teen Spirit – Europe/Nirvana Mash-up

Here’s a bad-ass mash-up from Wax Audio – perfect pump-up music for training sessions!

Thanks my bud Jave for the heads up! I’ll be listening to this cool Europe/Nirvana mix once I update my Shuffle.

10-for-10: Ivan Isada’s One-Two Punch

Race car driver/volleyball coach Ivan Isada answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

In 2002, the 17-year old Isada won the National Rallycross Championship – the youngest champion to date. The next year, the talented Isada snagged his first National Rally title in his first year in the said event.

 

Photos from Ivan Isada

Again, he was the youngest ever racer to hoist the coveted racing trophy. Off the track, the multi-talented Isada won first runner-up with the rest of the University of the Philippines volleyball team in UAAP 71.

View Ivan Isada’s blog here

With his on-track and on-court talents, Isada packs a mean one-two punch!

1. How did you get started with race car driving and volleyball?

I come from a family both already involved in motorsports and volleyball. I grew up watching my dad and rallycars and I always knew that one day I would be a rally champion myself. As for volleyball, even though my whole family were all volleyball players I only learned the sport in my collegiate years. It took me quite some time to actually be competitive in this sport but I managed despite being a late bloomer.

Dad and mom were both part of the UP volleyball champion teams in the late 70’s of the UAAP. That’s were they met.

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your racing and volleyball career?

For rallying it had to be my first championship back in 2003. Four of us were vying for the title which was only a win away for any of us and it all had to come down on the final rally of the 2003 championship. It was my best drive ever despite having to keep up with all the pressure, experienced competitors and it being my very first year also.

Isada in Action (Photo from Ivan Isada)

I had limited playing time in volleyball but I remember having to play for almost the whole game in one of the summer leagues for the training team of my university. I played all out together with a young team. We didn’t win that game but since we all played to our best, it gave us a new respect and trust for everyone of us. That’s one of the best personal volleyball memories I treasure in volleyball. We lost the game but it felt like we won something more than anything else after that game.

3. Of the two, which do you treasure the most?

I’ll always treasure my first ultimate success to a dream I already had ever since I knew that I wanted to be a rally driver. But I could never take the fact away that I could also succeed in a completely different sport with different personalities to jive with. They are two complete different memories to treasure. One I done as an individual and the other with a team.

Photo from Ivan Isada and David Narciso

4. What’s your life-long dream?

My life long dream is to be a world rally champion.

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, whom will you be? And what song will you sing?

I’m not quite familiar with the Glee cast and the songs. I only know that they had an episode of Britney Spears songs and no I’m not singing a Britney song.

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

HIMYM! (Race) suit up!

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

This is the video/song I always watch before my rally to get pumped up:

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, what place would you choose?

Rally roads of New Zealand… please leave me a rally car with gasoline please.

9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

Cars, internet, watch

10. Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with ________.

As of the moment… Jessica Michibata.

Rico Blanco – Yugto

I didn’t like Rico Blanco’s Yugto when I first heard it a few years back. In recent weeks, however, I’ve developed a certain fondness for the song in those 20 minute walks from my office to the MRT station.

In my pre-training visualizations, Yugto is the perfect soundtrack. The line “lumiyab ka” (loosely translated, this means “keep the fires of passion burning”) is an apt by-line for my much-delayed comeback. “Saksi ang langit sa ikalawang yugto” (heaven is witness to the second chapter) is an even more straightforward depiction of what I’m going through. After my ignominious exit in UAAP 70, I’m on to the second chapter of my track career.

“The Medals of Eternal Friendship” by Joboy Quintos

Back in college, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read and re-read the heartwarming story of Sueo Oe 大江 季雄 and Shuhei Nishida 西田 修平. Oe and Nishida were world-class Japanese pole vaulters who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Earle Meadows of the United States won gold with a 4.35m vault. The two Japanese cleared identical heights of 4.25m.

The following clip from Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia provides a dramatic glimpse to the competition.

Fiber glass poles, soft landing mats and six meter vaults were but figments of the wildest imagination back in 1936. Vaulters clear with a straight pole and land feet first on saw dust – a testament to their uncanny athleticism and resolve.

These were days before the modern concept a fixed number of attempts, with ties being decided on countbacks. Meadows was the clear winner. Nishida and Oe, according to an article from the Waseda Weekly, “competed fiercely over five hours under night lighting.” The judges called an end to the competition by 9:00 PM, “telling the Japanese teams to determine among themselves who would be given second place.” Nishida won silver since he cleared 4.25m in his first try, Oe was awarded bronze since he vaulted over the same height with his second try.

Read: “Bonds of Friendship Tied Rivals- Waseda and Keio”

Click the screenshot above to view the Waseda University article on Nishida and Oe

The two vaulters were very good friends. When they arrived in Japan, they went to a jeweler and had the two medals cut in half. Both Nishida and Oe had equal halves of bronze and silver, aptly called the Medals of Eternal Friendship.

An Olympic Gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Photo from Peter Kraus, B.H. Mayer’s IdentitySign GmbH and Wikimedia Commons)

Click this link for a photo of Nishida’s medal (from blog.livedoor.jp)

In this day and age where larger-than-life egos are a dime a dozen in professional sports, such displays of true sportsmanship are a rarity.

I first read about the famous Medal in my sophomore year. Back then, I was stuck in the doldrums. Despite the best of my efforts, I missed out on a finals appearance in UAAP 67, finishing a dismal 9th  (16.67s) in qualifying despite shaving off eight-hundredths of a second from my erstwhile PB. I trained quite hard that season and, needless to say, I felt crushed.

Hence, I turned to the exploits of past Olympic champions for solace. I found comfort in their feats of strength – in the case of Nishida and Oe, their friendship. Seven years since that day, I still get goosebumps each time I read about the Medal of Eternal Friendship. Now that I’m back on track, albeit alone, Olympic moments such as these have taken a new, deeper meaning.

P.S.

My wildest dream is to compete in the Olympics. I’m light years away from the “B'” standard, but it doesn’t hurt to think about lofty heights once in a while. As they say, reach for the stars and you’ll reach the moon. In that case, I’ll be just as happy with a Southeast Asian Games qualification!

Article by Joboy Quintos

Sources:

Waseda Weekly

Photo from Peter Kraus, B.H. Mayer’s IdentitySign GmbH/Wikimedia Commons, licensed under “Creative Commons Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen Deutschland”

 

New Blogs!

The most popular entries in this blog are the Track Beauty of the Week posts. I was actually tempted to migrate all my stuff to my own domain name (I was too lazy and cheap to do this) or to blogspot (again, too lazy). The most practical thing to do is to start an entirely new blog dedicated to the beauties of (non-track & field) sports.

Mind you, I shall not churn out tasteless posts. Women are excellent athletes. Superb Señora is my own little way of doing my part in honoring the fine female athletes out there – and to earn some ad revenues as well!

Click here to go to Superb Señora

Also, I started a personal blog to showcase my non-track (and non-Sports Beauty!) posts. Again, I chose blogspot for its seamless integration with Google AdSense. I will post the most serious to the most mundane thoughts in Jrnquintos.

Click here to view my new personal blog

I am not shutting down this blog though. In fact, the aforesaid moves enables hurdler49 to stay on-topic.

Trinoma Park and Ride

I live in a developing country, where efficient mass transportation is a luxury rather than a rule.  Once your in Philippine roads, most of the accepted traffic norms get thrown out the window. Hence, the daily commute to work can be likened to a daily trudge in commuter hell. For the unschooled, the experience can be disconcerting.

Read the rest of the entry here.

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