MANILA, Philippines – Netizens couldn’t help but be impressed with the determination and perseverance of a Filipino track athlete who continued the race despite a limping leg. Edwin Giron won the hearts of many with his performance at the 32nd SEA Games held at the Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Wednesday, May 10.
Giron competed in the 800-meter race and, like all athletes, was aiming for a good win. During the race, he was already the frontrunner and was so close to his victory. Unfortunately, during the last 200 meters of his last lap, he had leg cramps, stumbled, and fell. After being in the lead, Giron ended up last in line. But instead of giving up, the Pinoy athlete stood up despite being in pain and continued the race with a limping leg.
|Edwin Giron continued to finish the race despite a limping leg | Screenshot: YouTube/BLV Quang Huy / Next Media|
Coach Jay Futalan explained that Giron was offered medical assistance, but he refused. Instead, he finished the race as he wanted. He said, “He was in great pain and was approached by the medical team. He refused to give up and kept going despite the pain.”
Giron’s determination earned loud cheers from the crowd and also messages of support when the video of his performance circulated online.
A netizen wrote, “Salute to you sir you show to the world you have the heart of a true athlete mabuhay ka, kabayan!”
Another wrote, “Napanood ko yan live nangunguna siya nang biglang magka cramps. Sayang medalya na sana yun pero di naman akalain na aatakihin sya ng pulikat. Pero di sya nagpatinag tinuloy nya pa rin. Ang galing!”
“What we can learn from him is even when you are no longer sure of winning, still choose to give it your all. We are proud of you, Edwin!” Coach Jay said.
On Facebook, Coach Jay shared the video of Giron’s performance and said how proud he is of the athlete. He wrote, “This is what sports is all about! We are proud of you Edwin Giron.”
Posted by Jay Futalan on Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Last Monday, May 8, Giron landed 5th in the men’s 1,500-meter race at the 32nd SEA Games.
— Sally, The Summit Express