Baguio City, Philippines – An 18-year-old athlete from the City of Pines broke the Philippine Junior record for the 400-meter dash to claim the spot.
Finishing the 400m run in 48.70 seconds during the weekly relay series of CEL Logistic, Inc. on August 13, Hussein Perez Loraña beat the 48.75 record set in 2019 by Leyte’s Alhryan Labita.
Loraña, a 12th grader at the University of Baguio, had been representing the school, the region, and even the country as he competed in sprints of various distances.
In June, the Philippines, which he represented, ranked 6th in the 800m of the 20th edition of Asian U20 Athletics Championships - the international athletics competition for Asian under-20 athletes.
Last month, he set the new record for the 400m of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) national games held in Zamboanga City, with a time of 48.69 seconds. Likewise, he won gold medals in 800m and 1,500m and was hailed as the Most Outstanding Athlete.
His success in track and field competitions is a result of “dedication, inspiration, and motivation.”
As Loraña puts it, it takes “1% potential, 99% discipline” to achieve such goal and others that he is yet to conquer.
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