Filipino-American speed skater Julian Macaraeg failed to progress to the further stages of his events in the opening day of the 2021 International Skating Union World Cup in Beijing, China on Thursday, October 21.
The 2020 Winter Youth Olympian clocked way off his personal bests in the men’s 1500m and men’s 500m events, which cost him a chance to secure higher finishes in the first staging of the World Cup.
Macaraeg opened his campaign with a time of 2 minutes and 27.362 seconds in the men’s 1500m, where he needed to be one of the top two skaters in the heat or be part of the 14 best third-placers in the event. He wound up sixth and last in heat 4.
The 18-year-old holds a personal best of 2:20.828, which was set in the junior world championships in Bormio, Italy in January 2020.
Macaraeg then competed in the men’s 500m event where he fell to a time of 1 minute and 6.351 seconds to finish fifth and last in heat 9.
It was also way off his best time of 42.046, which he set in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.
Macaraeg will resume his World Cup bid in the men’s 1000m event on Friday, October 22 at 11:49 am.
The teen speed skater’s rank after four stagings of the World Cup will determine the country’s fate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Macaraeg, who’s vying for his maiden Olympic berth, is Philippine skating’s last remaining hope to make it to the quadrennial meet. He needs to finish in the top 32 overall in the men’s 500m and 1000m, and land in the top 36 in the 1500m event.