Hard work pays off for Mindanao runner

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Monday, December 2, 2013


Jave Matugas
USJ-R Mass Comm Intern

BEING a first-time participant of the 5,000-meter run did not hinder a 16-year-old Mindanaoan from bringing home the coveted first gold medal of the 5th National Milo Little Olympics last Saturday at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Kevin Capangpangan, from Iligan City National High School, dedicated his win to his family, who motivates and inspires him to give his best in the competition.

He says that winning is his way of paying back the efforts and support his family has given him, especially his mother.

“Akong Mama ra man gud nagsuporta sa amoa (My Mother is the only one who supports us),” he said.

He admitted preparing for Milo nationals was not easy, saying he trained hard so he can take home thte title. He trained twice a day, two hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon.

“Dili pud lalim . If you want to achieve your goals, you have to train hard,” Capangpangan said.

Mahara Durban, coach of Capangpangan, praised the athlete and said that “all the attitudes that an athlete has, he has them all.”

According to Durban, the student-athlete is disciplined and can train by himself.

“Kevin has his own workout and follows it for the competition. He can manage training without a coach,” she added.

Capangpangan has won several running competitions, but this is the first time that he joined and won in the 5000-meter run.

Capangpangan has joined the Milo nationals four times, only missing out in the second edition in Cagayan de Oro City.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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