ANGARA: PHILIPPINE OLYMPIANS REPRESENT THE BEST IN PHILIPPINE SPORTS
Representing the best of the best in the country, the 19 athletes have excelled in their respective fields and will go all out in bringing home medals, including the elusive gold.
“Matindi ang naging training ng ating mga atleta sa Olympics. Mahabang oras ang ginugol at malaki ang naging sakripisyo ng bawat isa sa kanila upang makarating sa lebel nila ngayon,” said Senator Sonny Angara, who has long been supportive of the development of Philippine sports.
“Our Olympians are truly representative of Tatak Pinoy or Proudly Filipino. They have earned their place among the best in the world and have made their marks competing internationally. The entire nation is rooting for our Philippine Olympic Team,” Angara added.
Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will once again go for gold in the Summer Games where she will compete in the women’s 55-kg event in weightlifting.
Fellow weightlifter Elreen Ando, on the other hand, will compete in the 64-kg event after qualifying for the Olympics for the first time.
Another strong candidate to bring home Olympic medals for the Philippines is Gymnast Carlos ‘Caloy’ Yulo, who at 21, is already a world champion.
In Athletics, Ernest John ‘EJ’ Obiena will compete in the pole vault event while sprinter Kristina Knott will take part in the 200-meter dash.
Four Filipino boxers qualified for the Olympics, Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam on the men’s side and Nesthy Petecio, and Irish Magno for the women.
There are also three golfers who will represent the Philippines in Tokyo: pro golfers Juvic Pagunsan, Yuka Saso, and Bianca Pagdanganan.
For the swimming events, competing will be Fil-Australian Luke Gebbie and Fil-American Remedy Rule.
The other members of the Philippine Olympic Team and their respective events are Margielyn Didal, Skateboarding; Cris Nievarez, Rowing; Kurt Barbosa, Taekwondo; Kiyomi Watanabe, Judoka; Jayson Valdez, Shooting.