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Staff Sergeant Andrico S. Mahilum (rightmost), Corporal Ailene O. Tolentino (second from right) pose for a group photo with their coach, veteran trail runner Thumbie Remigio (second from left) and multi-titled runner Sandi Abahan (leftmost) during the Altitude Obstacle Course Races (OCR) World Championships held on the Mount Everest Basecamp in Nepal from November 8 to November 22, 2022.Photos from the Special Service Center, Installation Management Command, Philippine Army.

ARMY ATHLETES RULE MOUNT EVEREST OBSTACLE COURSE RACES

Two Army athletes emerged victorious in the Altitude Obstacle Course Races (OCR) World Championships held on the Mount Everest Basecamp in Nepal .

Staff Sergeant Andrico S. Mahilum bagged the championship after beating professional obstacle athletes from India, Nepal, United Kingdom, Canada, Greece, Australia, South Africa, U.S.A., Poland, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, and Brazil. His teammate Corporal Ailene O. Tolentino finished third place in the women’s category that was ruled by compatriot Sandi Abahan of Baguio City.

The Altitude Obstacle Course Races are events held in high-altitude environments. Athletes who compete in the said competition had to hurdle Mount Everest’s high altitude to be declared a winner. The feat capped the series of local and international wins clinched by Staff Sergeant Mahilum and Corporal Tolentino this year.

Special Service Center Director Colonel John Oliver F. Gabun lauded Staff Sergeant Mahilum and Corporal Tolentino for bringing glory and honor not just to the Philippine Army but for the country as well. “You overcame challenges, braved the unforgiving weather, and conquered the mountain. Kudos and continue to banner the Army’s brand of excellence in your chosen sport,” the SSC Chief remarked. (VICTOR BALDEMOR)

 

 

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