Along with Pinoy boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, BMX Cyclist Daniel Caluag was also a source of hope to get an Olympic medal. Considering his good credentials in the world of BMX Cycling, Filipino sports and Olympics enthusiast placed their hopes in Caluag to enter the medal round and to possible snatch an Olympic medal which became elusive since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
But it seemed that London 2012 is not yet the time for the Fil-Am cyclist as he was unsuccessful to move to the next round of the BMX Cycling competition. After 5 runs, Caluag finished last among all the bikers in the Heat 3. That Heat 3 was topped by New Zealand’s Marc Willers who was 1st place in both Run 1 and Run 3. And based on total points after all the Heats, Daniel Caluag finished at Rank 19 same with Italy’s Manuel de Vecchi with 29 total points.
The master of Olympic swimming is back. After 6 days of competition in London, Michael Phelps’ drought for an individual gold medal is finally broken. Last night Phelps won the 200 meter individual medley to win his very first individual Olympic gold medal in the London Olympics.
Phelps has beaten another American swimmer Ryan Lochte who previously won over him in the 400 meter individual medley. With this win, Phelps proved that he still have the golden touch in the pool and that he’s not that old yet to compete with the younger swimmers.
Philippines’ hope for an Olympic medal is still alive as Mark Anthony Barriga won over his Italian opponent Manuel Cappai in the 1st round of boxing in the London Olympics 2012.
The 19 year old Barriga, who is the lone boxer in the Philippine contingent for this year’s Olympic games, defeated Cappai with the score of 17-7 in the light flyweight event. With this win he secured a slot in the next round of boxing with is the Round of 16.
Filipina weightlifter and Philippine flag bearer in the opening ceremony of London Olympics 2012 Hidilyn Diaz did a nice job in her weightlifting event today at the ExCel in London.
The 21 year old Pinay broke her own Philippine record of 96kg when she lifted 97kg in the snatch round to rank 2nd among the Group B competitors. Because of that Filipino sporting fans cheered and throw support for Hidilyn via the micro blogging site Twitter, evident by landing as one of the trending topics here in the country. The phrases Go Hidilyn Diaz and Hidilyn Diaz landed in the top 10 trending topics in the Philippines.
This year’s edition of the quadrennial games, opened in a star-studded and extravagant opening ceremony in London. The London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony showcased Britain’s richness in literature, music and film. Some notable British artists who graced the opening ceremony were Daniel Craig, Rowan Atkinson, JK Rowling and David Beckham who carried the Olympic flame.
After the arrival of BMX rider Daniel Caluag in London, the 11-man Philippine Team for this year’s London Olympics has now been completed. Aside from Caluag, other athletes that composed the Philippine Team are Jasmine Paler Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna for swimming, Mark Anthony Barriga for Boxing, Rene Herrera and Marestella Torres for Athletics, Tomohiko Hoshina for Judo, Paul Brian Rosario for Skeet Shooting, Hidilyn Diaz for Weightlifting, Rachelle Anne Cabral and Mark Javier for Archery.
Two UK-based Filipinos were among the thousands chosen to bear the Olympic torch in a torch relay slated across the British Isles for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics. Reymund Enteria and Steven Cheung who are currently based in the UK will represent not only themselves but the pride of the our country in the quadrennial games.
Enteria, is an OFW working at Raphael Medical Centre in Tonbridge, Kent as an Occupational Therapist. He also works as a cook at Waitrose in Tonbridge and taking on other part time jobs. He was able to get the torch bearing sting when he saw an advertisement for torch bearer nominations. At that moment he felt the urge to submit his name and share his story hoping it will inspire people who will read it.
After receiving confirmation from the Olympic committee that he got the job, he felt very happy and proud. He said he will dedicate his run to all the OFWs, his family and all fellow Occupational Therapists and health workers in the Philippines and abroad.
“Di ko po talaga ma-explain kung gaano ako kasaya sa pagkakapili ko po bilang isa sa mga runner ng 2012 Olympics. Hanggang ngayon di pa rin ako makapaniwala na tatakbo ako on behalf of the Filipino overseas worker. I feel proud and privileged at habang buhay ko itong maalala…Gusto ko po sanang punuin ng mga Pilipino yung 300-meter stretch para ipakita na we Filipinos are united as one,” he said.
Another one who was picked as torch bearer was Steven Cheung, a 22 year-old Filipino-Chinese based in UK and working as a Youth community leader. He was nominated by several groups in Waltham Forest for his contributions in youth empowerment in the area. And was chosen by the LOGOC to represent the young people, the Filipino and Chinese communities in Britain for the torch relay. Aside from being a torch bearer he was also tasked as an Olympic Youth Ambassador.
“Proud na proud ako being Filipino and also as an Olympic torchbearer and represent my community in this journey. It’s a once in lifetime opportunity to be involved in the Olympics….As an Olympic Ambassador and torch bearer, I hope to continue to inspire future generations,” he said.”