Four exemplary Filipino athletes are making Philippine sports history and giving inspiration to the whole nation, especially the youth. Since 1932, the year 2021 marks the biggest Olympic haul of four medals for the country.
In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz, who hails from Zamboanga City, won a gold medal in women’s 55 kg. weightlifting. Diaz is the first ever Philippine athlete to win an Olympic gold medal since 1924 when the Philippines first participated in the Olympic Games held in Paris.
Meanwhile, Nesthy Alcayde Petecio got an Olympic silver medal in the women’s featherweight boxing event, a first time for a Filipina boxer. She is from Davao del Sur.
Two other boxing sure medalists are Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial. Paalam is secured for silver medal, and hopefully for gold, in men’s boxing flyweight division.
Paalam comes from Cagayan de Oro City, but born in Bukidnon to an ordinary farming couple and reportedly worked as a scavenger at a landfill in the city before becoming a boxer.
The final fight against Great Britain’s Galal Yafai was last Saturday, Aug. 7, at 1:00 p.m.
Eumir Marcial, who hails from Lunzuran, Zamboanga, already garnered a bronze medal after a heart-breaking 3-2 split decision to Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Ukraine, who recorded his 62nd straight win.
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