Sprinter and Philippine national record holder Zion Corrales-Nelson has officially made it to the Philippine team seeing action at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China this August 14-28.
Last May, fifteen year-old Zion set a new women’s 400m dash Philippine national record of 54.18 seconds, resetting Jennyrose Rosales’ 54.65 seconds national record.
This feat has caught the attention of the International Olympic Committee who then invited Zion to take part at the 2nd edition of the Olympic games for the youth.
She will be entered in the Girls/Women’s 400m dash event in Nanjing.
Zion, who hails from British Columbia in Canada, joins archers Luis Gabriel Moreno and Bianca Gotuaco, artistic gymnast Ava Verdefl and triathlete Victorija Deldio in carrying the Philippine colors in Nanjing this August.
But prior to her YOG stint, she will first represent the country in the world junior championships later this month in Oregon, USA, along with fellow sprinter Kayla Richardson.