The Philippines is one of those Countries that never won a gold medal in the vast history of the Olympics, but, the drought for the gold medal met its end when Hidilyn Diaz won the Weightlifting 55kg category for females.
Aside from Hidily Diaz, there are other potential athletes that can bring home the Gold medals to our country. Meet some of the athletes who are carrying our campaign and flag to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Carlos Yulo, this 21-year-old gymnast has been honing his skills in Japan with the help and assistance of Coach Muchero Kugiyama. At the World Artistic Gymnastic Stuttgart, Germany Yulo has made the Philippines very proud when he topped the floor men’s exercise. This young athlete proved to us that hard work and perseverance will bring us more gold in the Olympics.
EJ Obiena is one of the fast-rising pole vaulters in pre-Olympics tournaments. Obiena who is only 25 years old is now ranked world no. 6 in Pole Vault. He was able to topple Braz for the gold in Sweden earlier this month.
TRACK AND FIELD
Kristina Knott is a Filipino-American Track and Field athlete. Knott broke the 33 years old Philippines national record for the women’s 100-meter dash that was set by Lydia De Vega at the 1978 Southeast Asian Games.
Yuka Saso is one of the budding stars in the Olympics. Saso is ranked no. 9 in the world. This youngster also has a pair of Japan LPGA tour wins under her belt. Juvic Pangusan and Bianca Pandaganan will also take a swing at the podium.
Luke Gebbie will try his luck in the men’s in the 100 meters and 50 meters freestyle event. While Remedy Rule will grab his opportunity to bring home the gold in the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter freestyle.
Nesthy Petecio has to fight for gold in the Olympics featherweight finals. A second gold medal for the Philippines could now be within our reach, Another crowd favorite is Eumir Marcial is getting ready to take his shot in the Olympics middleweight category. Carlo Paalam earned his spot in Tokyo because of his virtue in the world ranking that the International Olympic Committee Boxing Taskforce recognize for his inclusion in the Olympics.