Quijano: Let’s get Ready to Run

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


WOW! If you missed the main event at UFC 175, you should move heaven and earth and try to find a fight replay on the net.

Chris Weidman finally silenced his doubters and proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder.

Prior to his match with Lyoto Machida, pundits were speculating that Weidman might have benefitted from the fact that he matches up well with Anderson Silva-who already showed signs of slipping in this stage of his career when they met.

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Others opined that he caught Silva with a lucky shot in their first fight, and the latter figured in an accident when he broke his leg in the second. To them, unless

Weidman carves out a victory over another legitimate opponent, the jury is still out.

Well, he did do some carving, and unfortunately he did it on Machida’s handsome mug.

In my previous column, I gave the striking advantage to Machida, but for the first three rounds, “The Dragon” appeared intimidated and unwilling to engage. Weidman stalked him, landed several right hand bombs and took him down with impunity.

But Machida suddenly came alive in the fourth, landing several left hands and kicks that stunned Weidman.

In the fifth, a gassed out Weidman was on the defensive, but he managed to score a takedown in the dying minutes of the fight.

Weidman was lucky championship fights last only 5 rounds. By the time the bell rang, the momentum had clearly shifted and had there been one more round, who knows if would have survived Machida’s furious rally.

Still, the defending champion showed that he belonged with the elite tier of fighters in the UFC and this win validates his victories over “The Spider” Silva.

ST. IGNATIUS RUN. Time flies fast indeed. It seemed like yesterday when I was horsing around with my classmates—clad in our Sacred School for Boys High school uniform of dark blue slacks and white polo at the old campus along General Maxilom Ave.

I still can’t believe it’s been 25 years since my Chinese language teacher woke me up from my restful slumber in the middle of class and exclaimed: “Quijano….You go to far away!”

Far away indeed, as 1989 is exactly 25 years ago. Ergo, our Batch ‘89 is the Silver Jubilarian this year, and it’s our turn to organize and host the prestigious annual Alumni homecoming.

Our first salvo of activities was our “Operation Tuli” last April and this weekend, we bring you the Cebu Landmasters-St. Ignatius Run.

There are a few organized runs in Cebu that should be in your bucket list if you’re a running enthusiast. Cebu International Marathon. The Milo Marathon. The SM to SM run.

The Cebu Doctors Univeristy Run. STC’s Run with Venus (that’s next Sunday, July 20, by the way).

And of course, there’s the St. Ignatius Run, this coming Sunday, July 13, 2014.

DETAILS. Venue is the South Road Properties, San Pedro Calungsod Templete beside SM Seaside.

Distances and fees are as follows: 21K (P700), 12K(P600), 6K (P450) and 3K (P400).

These are inclusive of race bib and singlet. There will be finishers’ medals and shirts for the 21K and for those who finish in the top 200 in the 12K category.

We are also featuring a 12K relay for a team of 4 students or alumni and the 6K tandem (at least 1 student or alumnus/alumna).

The 21K starts at 4:30AM, the 12K at 5AM and the rest at 5:15AM.

This early, those who have registered are former Congressman Pablo John Garcia, my esteemed neighbor in these pages, John pages and wife Jasmine and Singapore-based ultra-marathoner Brandy Llenos.

You may still register at Planet Sports or Athletes Foot at the Ayala Center, and at the Parkmall lobby. Online registration is at store.aktib.ph/shop.

Distribution of singlets and race bibs will be at the Parkmall lobby in front of Handyman starting tomorrow, Thursday.

I’ll see you at the finisher’s podium where I’ll hand you a medal. Or a beer. Or probably both.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my buddy and pare, Rey “Gutzee” Gutierrez, who celebrates his birthday today. Cheers!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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