“Iron Man” of SEA Games sets his eyes on the Olympics

By Rey T. Arcangel, Jr., PGIN-CMO



After winning the gold medal in the 27th South East Asian Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in December 2013, decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid of Dingras, Ilocos Norte is again looking forward for bigger challenges that will test his strength and endurance in decathlon.

Cid who is now back in training in China said he is optimistic that he will be  competing in the  Olympic games in the future, although according to him, he still needs to gain enough points to qualify in the decathlon event.

“I am happy that I have represented the Philippines in the 27th SEA Games, but I still need to train hard so I can join bigger competitions… and hopefully someday, I can compete in the Olympics,” Cid said. Setting a new record of 7,038 points in decathlon that shattered the national mark of 6,963 points set by Fidel Gallenero in 2001, Cid was named as the “New Iron Man” of the SEA Games.

According to Cid, decathlon was his chosen field as it challenged him to compete in multiple events.

“Gusto ko kasi ang madaming events, nacha-challenge ako kaya ko pinili ang decathlon,” explained Cid.

According to him, in decathlon, he has to compete in ten track and field events. He admitted that  running events like the 200 and 400 meters are his strength while discus throw and pole vault are his weakest which he then improved with the help of his coaches. .

Cid also revealed that dieting is not included in his training.

“Hindi uso ang diet-diet sa akin. Kinakain ko lahat ng gusto ko eh. Eat-all-you can palagi. Binabawi ko lahat sa training gaya ng pagtakbo, pagbubuhat ng barbell at pagpunta sa gym,” he said.

Cid claimed that his father, a school principal, and his older brother, a basketball player, encouraged him to develop his skill in sports particularly in track and field events during his high school days.

“My father and my older brother actually influenced me in pursuing this sport. They inspired me to develop my capabilities. They encouraged me to join different sports lalo na sa track and field  na kung saan doon ako na-attract sa maraming events,” Cid added.

That was when the young Cid started to compete in several provincial and regional events where his potential was eventually recognized by the Far Eastern University athletics team.

He was offered an scholarship and he took up Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH).

Joining the said team opened the doors for Cid to compete in bigger events, such as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) where he was awarded as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for three consecutive years and the recently concluded 27th SEAG.

Mildred Cid, his mother, said she never expected her son to be as successful as he is now, although she remembered that when he was still 3 years old, he was very active and strong.

“Naaalala ko nung 3 years old pa lang siya inaakyat at nilalaktaw na niya yung crib niya, at kahit dinagdagan at tinaasan namin nakakatakas pa rin siya. Ganun din pag naka-walker siya, lagi siyang nakakalusot. Napakaliksi talaga niya,” Mrs. Cid beamed with pride.

Jesson  was also chosen by the governor as one of the recipients of the first ever Sirib Youth Awards which was given on February 2, 2014 at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Area.

The Sirib Youth Awards paid tribute to young Ilocanos whose contributions made the province and the country proud.#