Youngster finally beats rival but gets heartbroken

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


SAMANTHA Borlain had all the reason to celebrate when she crossed the finish line. After all, she won the Girls 11-12 division. And she beat the athlete she has never beaten before.

But she wasn’t celebrating and instead, worry was written all over her face. She was found hunched over at some bushes at the Shangri-la Resort and Spa consoling someone, a girl smaller than her. The girl was her little sister Tara, the star triathlete whom she overpowered for the first time in their young racing careers.

Tara was inconsolable and Samantha was by her side the entire time, leaving for a bit to get water for Tara.

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“Sammy was more concerned for her sister than be happy for her victory. I told her it is ok to be happy for her win,” said their dad and trainor Ringo.

The sisters were born one year apart--Samantha on March 14, 2002 and Tara on March 13, 2003--and have always raced in the same age division. Since they started racing, Tara had always been the better athlete, winning all of their head-to-head. Samantha was just contented to play second fiddle to her sister.

And now that she finally won, she almost could not believe she pulled off a wide gap in the swim and bike that made it harder for Tara to catch up in the run.

“I did not know that I had left her behind by that much. I have always been contented being second to Tara. But I will not think that I am better than her because I won today or that she is better than me. We are sisters, we help each other,” said the 12-year-old.

Samantha finished in 35:01 minutes, while Tara came in at 36:42. Everly Macalalad finished third in 37:54.

Losing for the first time is hard but it is harder for an 11-year-old.
Tara, for her part, said she has learned a valuable lesson.

“I felt comforted when she hugged me. I am happy and proud that Sammy won. At least it is still the two of us at the Top 2, only this time, I’m at second,” said Tara while trying to choke back tears.

“I learned now that not every game you win. Some, you lose. It is part of sports. And that’s how it is in life too,” said Tara.

Ringo said that he is also torn. While he is happy for Samantha’s win, his heart ached seeing his daughter cry. He, however , said he is still thankful that it happened because losing will be a good experience for Tara.

“It is good that she experiences losing now than later,” he said.

“I want someone to beat her so she would get motivated. She will not always win and it is a good experience for her. She might think na siya lang ang magaling. This experience will tell her that there will be others better than her who could beat her. That way, she would work harder,” said Ringo.

New threat

Ringo added that Tara will have to prepare herself to being beaten by another sister as his youngest daughter, Franchezka, at six-years-old, told her, “Tara, someday, I will beat you.”

Franchezka, the daredevil of the sisters, who is not afraid of the open water or of getting bloodied nose after falling off a bike during training, also raced in the 6-8 division yesterday.

He added that seeing the passion for triathlon his daughters have make him want to support them more. The Olympics may be a long shot but Ringo knows it is something his girls are willing to work hard for.

“These girls, they have a dream. I will do everything to prepare them for that,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 03, 2014.

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