Published in Sun Star Newspaper on October 20, 2012 Sunday issue
by Marian C. Baring, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
... Meanwhile, Joneza Mie Sustisuedo salvaged Western Visayas’s pride as the renowned barefoot runner decided to go back to where she is comfortable—running without shoes.
With just plasters wrapped on her feet and toes, Sustisuedo, the Palarong Pambansa record holder, not just won the 5,000-meter run but also defeated Visayas teammate Lovelie Andrin, the only runner to have defeated her in the Cebu eliminations that reduced the diminutive runner to tears.
“Pagtakbo ko, ang iniisip ko talaga, hindi yung maka gold lang ako. Gusto ko talaga siyang talunin. Kaya nag paa ako, kasi humihina ako pang nakasapatos,” said Sustisuedo, who became famous for making a record in the Palarong Pambansa even if she ran barefoot. She started wearing spike shoes in the Cebu eliminations and her time dramatically dropped.