ASAP (Amazing Stories About Pinoy) 2016: First Filipina shines in Rio Olympics

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After 20 years of no medals, the Philippines got a silver medal in the women’s 53-kg weightlifting division in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click the image for the full story. Full photo credit to RAPPLER.COM

Some trivia information about the participation of the Philippines in the Olympic Games since it started in 1896 held in Athens.

1. Basketball (Men) was the first official Olympic Game participated by the Philippines in 1936 (Berlin, Germany). Finished 5th place with 4-1 win-loss record and only lost against the champion Team USA; then 12th place in 1948 (London, UK); placed 9th in 1952 (Helsinki, Finland); 7th place in 1956 (Melbourne, Australia); and 11th place at the 1960 (Rome, Italy) Olympic Games;

2. Again in Basketball tournament, the Philippines became the first country to score at least 100 points in a single game in the Olympic Games’ history when it defeated Iraq with the score 102-30;

3. In spite of the popularity of the Philippines in professional world of boxing courtesy of the multi-titles of Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines got only a medal at the Olympic Games at the 1996 Atlanta (USA) when Onyok Velasco won the silver in the lightweight division; Onyok’s brother got the bronze medal in the same division at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games;

4. A lone Filipino swimmer, Teofilo Yldefonso  grabbed the bronze medal in the 200-m breaststroke held at the 1928 Amsterdam;

5. Prior to Velasco brothers successes, featherweight boxer, Anthony Villanueva won  the first of the two silvers during the 1964 Tokyo (Japan) Olympic Games; Cely Villanueva got the bronze in 1932 Los Angeles (USA); Leopoldo Serrantes got the bronze medal as well in 1988 Seoul (Korea);

6. In Athletics, two Filipino athletes got the bronze medals – Simeon Toribio in high jump 1932 (Los Angeles, USA), and Miguel White in the 400-meter hurdles in 1936 (Berlin, Germany);

7. In total, the Philippines got nine (9) medals  in athletics, swimming and boxing – 2 silvers and 7 bronze over its 20 times participation in the Olympic Games since 1924 Paris, except in 1980 Moscow Games; 

8. It is worth noting that there were three medals won by Filipino athletes in exhibition sports – Arianne Cerdena won the the gold medal in Bowling (Women) at the 1988 Seoul (Korea) Games, and Bea Lucero in Taekwondo (Featherweight division)  and Stephen Fernandez (Bantamweight) in 1992 Barcelona (Spain) Games; and

9. In 2106 Rio Summer Games, the Philippines has 13 athletes participating in 8 sporting events.

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~ by reymos on August 8, 2016.

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