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Sandi Menchi Abahan: Igorot wins Gold in World's Highest Obstacle Course Racing

Witness Igorot athlete Sandi Menchi Abahan's historic ascent on Mount Kilimanjaro, breaking world records and gaining international acclaim in OCR.

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Discover how Igorot pride shines as Sandi Menchi Abahan leads the Philippine team to victory in the world's highest obstacle course racing on Mount Kilimanjaro.

The rugged slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro bore witness to an exceptional feat as Sandi Menchi Abahan, an Igorot athlete hailing from Cordillera, etched her name in history during the inaugural world's highest obstacle course racing. Abahan's journey to the pinnacle of this challenging competition not only showcased her individual prowess but also brought honor to the Philippines on the global stage.

Unyielding Determination Despite Adversity

Abahan emerged as the beacon of resilience, proudly waving the Philippine flag as the top female finisher in the race. Her victory was particularly noteworthy given the challenges faced by teammate Silamie Gutang, who secured the second position despite battling a knee injury at the nine-kilometer mark. Abahan's ability to navigate the demanding course with strength and agility exemplified her unwavering determination.

Guiding the Team to Success

Under the strategic leadership of Coach Jan Raven Quan and POSF President Alberto Agra, Abahan's performance was not only an individual triumph but also a testament to the collective strength of the Philippine team. The guidance provided by the coaching staff played a pivotal role in steering Abahan and her teammates through the arduous competition.

Conquering Stages, Overcoming Challenges

Abahan's journey unfolded across four challenging stages, beginning with a seven-day ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at a staggering 5,895 meters above sea level. The subsequent stages included an obstacle course race at the crater camp and a descent towards the final 13-kilometer run to the finish line. Abahan's ability to navigate these stages with precision underscored her versatility as an athlete.

Breaking Barriers and Setting Records

Abahan's achievements went beyond personal glory, contributing significantly to the Philippine team's success in breaking world records. Their dominance at 5,790 meters in the world's highest OCR and securing the World Altitude Championship showcased Abahan's capability to perform under extreme conditions, elevating her to a league of elite athletes.

Inspiration for Aspiring Athletes

As Abahan returns home with her accolades, her journey becomes an inspiration for aspiring athletes across the Philippines. Her triumph is not just a victory in a competition but a representation of the indomitable spirit that defines Filipino sportsmanship. Abahan's success serves as a reminder that with determination and skill, even the highest peaks can be conquered.


Sandi Menchi Abahan's triumph in the world's highest obstacle course racing is a testament to her individual excellence and the collective strength of the Philippine team. As she stands atop the podium, Abahan not only secures her place in history but also motivates a new generation of athletes to aim for new heights. Her journey reinforces the belief that the Philippines is a force to be reckoned with in the world of extreme sports, and Abahan stands as a beacon of inspiration for the nation.

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