Marestella Torres lived up to, if not exceeded, expectations when she broke not only her personal-best but the SEA Games record in the Long Jump event held Saturday morning at the Jakabaring Athletic Stadium in Palembang, Indonesia.
After fouling on her second jump, Torres bounced back with a distance of 6.710 meters, to solidify her first place standing.Torres broke her own SEA Games record of 6.68 she set in Laos in 2009.
Two years ago, Torres made waves by breaking the previous record of 6.52 meters set by Philippine long jump legend Elma Muros back in 1989.
Hometown favorite Maria Londa was not able to catch up, only going 6.470 meters for the silver medal. Fellow Filipino Katherine Santos meanwhile wasn’t far behind, also giving the Philippines a bronze medal with a distance of 6.250 meters.