Team PH to fight for gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics starting August 26
Five Paralympians from Team Philippines will fight for gold beginning August 26 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
On Thursday (August 26), Gary Bejino will compete at the men’s SM6 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
Ernie Gawilan and Jerrold Mangliwan will compete on August 27 for men’s SM7 200-meter individual medley, and men’s 400 meter T52, respectively.
Meanwhile, Jeanette Aceveda will compete at the women’s discus throw F11 on August 31; and on September 3, Allain Ganapin will fight at the qualification stage of the men’s K44-75kg taekwando.
Pinoy athlete for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics tested positive for COVID-19
MANILA, Philippines — Only five out of the six Filipino athletes competing for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics will push through after one athlete tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, the Philippine Paralympic Committee announced that one official and one athlete tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said the said individuals are currently under isolation to contain the virus. No information was given on which Paralympian was tested positive for the virus.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez, during a public briefing on Monday (August 23), assured that all the athletes were vaccinated. He also said that the whole delegation is already in Tokyo to prepare for the Summer Paralympics on Tuesday (August 23).
“You’re not really sure, kung each one of us, whether you are going to the Olympics or not, [if] you are positive. It’s so unfortunate na isa sa mga atleta (that one of our athletes) tested positive,” he said.
Ramirez said the PSC will be extending its support to the said athlete. He also assured that the incident would further motivate the remaining athletes to do their best in bringing home the gold medal. –AAC
Paalam wins silver at Tokyo Olympics
Carlo Paalam won the country’s second silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after his bout against Britain’s Galal Yafai on Saturday (August 7).
Paalam fell short but still fought a good fight against Yafai after recovering from a knockdown halfway through the first round of the men’s flyweight final.
The 23-year-old boxer continued to throw punches against Yafai, but Britain’s bet stood his ground. Yafai won against Paalam via split decision.
Team Philippines in boxing has won two silver medals, and one bronze. This sets the country’s biggest Olympic medal haul in history. AAC
Petecio wins silver medal at the Olympics
Nesthy Petecio is the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal after securing a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3) at the Kokukigan Arena.
Facing her long-time rival, Japan’s Sena Irie denied Petecio of winning the gold via unanimous decision, 5-0. The judges scored 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of Irie. This is the fourth time that the two boxers have pitted against each other in the international stage.
Irie opened the fight with her constant jabs gaining the advantage in the first few rounds. Petecio fights back in the next few rounds, however, it was not enough to regain the advantage from Irie.
Despite settling for silver, Petecio still made history by winning the Philippines’ first boxing medal in 25 years since Onyok Velasco won the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. AAC