Filipino skater Julian Macaraeg suffered a pair of early exits in the International Skating Union Short Track World Cup in Nagoya, Japan on Thursday, October 28.
Macaraeg failed to make it past the opening round of the men’s 1500m and 500m races as his streak of untimely elimination in the first two stagings of the World Cup continued.
The 18-year-old also did not progress in all of his events in the maiden edition of the World Cup in Beijing, China a week ago.
Starting the day off in the men’s 1500m race, Macaraeg faltered in his bid to reach the quarterfinals as he finished fifth out of six skaters in his heat with a time of 2:46.107.
Only the top two from each heat and a maximum of 14 fastest third-place skaters qualified for the next round.
Things got worse for Macaraeg in the men’s 500m event as he tallied a “no time” in his heat in the preliminary stage due to a technical issue that prevented him from finishing the race.
Macaraeg will try to bounce back in the men’s 1000m race on Friday.
The 1000m is the distance where Macaraeg has thrived the most by far as he finished third in his preliminary heats in the Beijing World Cup, just milliseconds short of advancing.
Macaraeg needs a better showing in his future races as the four stagings of World Cup – the other two to be held in Hungary and Netherlands – serve as the qualifier for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. – Rappler.com