Barefoot athlete wins first gold in Palarong Pambansa

  • Lheslie De Lima from Baao National High School who ran without her shoes won the first gold medal in Palarong Pambansa
  • She emerged victorious in the 3000-meter run
  • She will also compete in two more events: 800 meter and 1,500 meter-run

13-year-old student-athlete Lheslie De Lima from Camarines Sur won the first gold medal when she competed in the 3000-meter run in the Palarong Pambansa 2018.

De Lima has an amazingly strong feet that were able to bear the scorching heat in the Quirino Stadium when she ran without shoes during the competition. She shared that even though she actually practiced with her running shoes on, she later preferred to run without any footwear during the main event.

According to the incoming Grade 8 pupil of Baao National High School, she just maintained her speed towards the last 200 meters of the race. She defeated the athlete from Northern Mindanao, Camila Tubiano, who was also shoeless during the race.

This is also her first gold medal in the Palarong Pambansa and her 3rd time to join the athletic event.

The young athlete is the daughter of a farmer from Baao, Camarines Sur and she’s the 5th child among 7 children. The racer started joining track and field when she was just a 5th grader.

She revealed that she actually anticipated to get the top prize since she was well-trained and prepared for the event.

The athlete, who also dreams to become a teacher someday, will also join the 800-meter and 1,500-meter run.

The Northern Mindanao runner said the instructions were not clear; that is why they exceeded an extra round in the oval.