Fencer Samantha Catantan now clearly understands that the distinction between making it to the Olympics and lacking the journey rests totally on maturity and expertise.
However the 19-year-old likewise found that the skinny line that divides victory from defeat in swordsmanship is braveness.
“The extra competitions you take part in, the extra assured you turn out to be,” stated Catantan in Filipino in the course of the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation discussion board on Tuesday. “I simply really feel that we weren’t as assured as the opposite fencers from different international locations.”
Catantan lately missed the reserving for the scheduled journey to the Tokyo Olympics after settling for a bronze medal in a setback in opposition to Yana Alborova of Russia in the course of the medal spherical of the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event in Uzbekistan.
CJ Concepcion additionally failed in his bid within the males’s epee after bowing out of competition in opposition to Australia’s Alexandre Douglas within the round-of-16 of the qualifier, the place solely gold medalists in three occasions—foil, epee and sabre—secured the remaining spots for Tokyo.
The botched alternative within the ladies’s particular person foil, nonetheless, solely heightened Catantan’s need to be on that airplane sure for the subsequent Olympics in 2024 Paris.
“It’s my first time in an Olympic qualifying. Different international locations have the expertise, nevertheless it doesn’t imply you may’t beat them,” stated Catantan, who helped Penn State College clinch runner-up honors within the US NCAA fencing championships two months in the past.
“It’s important to be mentally ready on the market to win. If I need to be in Paris, I’ve to start getting ready now,” added the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games bronze medalist and Siklab Sports activities Youth Awardee.
Admitting that reaching the purpose is a progressive course of, certainly one of Catantan’s quick priorities in the meanwhile is to seize the gold medal within the SEA Video games.
Philippine fencing head coach Rolando “Amat” Canlas, who found Catantan when she was simply 9 years outdated competing in a membership in Quezon Metropolis, has already laid out plans not just for the game’s prized athlete, however for your complete workforce as nicely.
“We discovered loads within the (Olympic) qualifying,” stated Canlas.
The workforce sure for the Vietnam SEA Video games on the finish of the yr has already arrange camp in Ormoc Metropolis. INQ
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