Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Philippines at the Olympic Games

Flag of the Philippines
IOC code  PHI
NOC Philippine Olympic Committee
Website www.olympic.ph
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 15 in 8 sports
Flag bearer Manny Pacquiao (opening)
Miguel Molina (closing)
Medals Gold
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Silver
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Bronze
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The Philippines competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The country was represented by 15 athletes, who competed in 17 events across 8 sports.

The Philippine government and private sector pledged a combined sum of P15-million (US$340,909) for any athlete competing in the games who would win the country its first gold medal.[1] Though Willy Wang won the gold medal in Wushu, it was not included in the medal tally because Wushu was a demonstration sport. Though several national records were broken in swimming and weightlifting events, the country failed to win any medals for the third consecutive Olympiad.

Opening and closing ceremonies[edit]

On June 12, 2008, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) revealed that its executive committee had selected swimmer Miguel Molina to be flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.[2] In their decision, the POC cited Molina's performance in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games, where he won three individual gold medals and a team relay gold medal, set several national swimming records, and was selected as the meet's "Best Male Athlete".[2] Molina was set to compete in the 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley events at the games.

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo later asked the POC to reconsider their decision, requesting instead that popular Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao be given the honor of carrying the flag.[3] Pacquiao was not a competitor at the games, but had recently won the World Boxing Council lightweight title in a highly publicized fight against David Diaz. POC president Jose Cojuangco agreed with the president's decision, saying having Pacquiao as flag bearer would be a morale booster to the athletes.[3] Though the deadline for changing of the national contingent's composition in the Olympiad has already elapsed, special arrangements were made for Pacquiao to be given accreditation. On July 9, 2008, POC announced that everything had been cleared for Pacquiao to be official flag bearer. Miguel Molina, who did not mind yielding the honor to Pacquiao, was instead given the role of flag bearer at the closing ceremony.[4]

The games' opening ceremony was attended by President Arroyo, the first Philippine president in history to do so.[1] The Philippine delegation was the 164th to enter the Beijing National Stadium in the parade of nations.[5]

Overview by sport[edit]

Archery[edit]

Mark Javier

The Philippines was represented in the Men's individual archery event by Mark Javier, who earned his spot at the Olympics by winning the continental archery qualifiers in the 2007 Asian Archery Championships.[6] In the ranking round he placed 36th out of 64 competitors, then lost in his first knockout matchup against Kuo Cheng Wei of Chinese Taipei.[7]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mark Javier Men's individual 654 36  Kuo C-w (TPE) (29)
L 102–106
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

The Philippines was represented in athletics by two long jumpers, Henry Dagmil and Marestella Torres. The two did not qualify to the games via the usual route, but were accepted as wild card entries by the International Olympic Committee upon the request of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.[8]

Dagmil registered just one successful jump in the qualifying round, finishing with a result of 7.58 meters, and was ranked 34th out of 41 competitors.[9]

Torres, who hoped to improve upon her personal best of 6.63 meters, injured her left knee while picking up speed before taking off for her first jump.[8] She finished the qualifying round with a result of 6.17 meters, and was ranked 35th out of 42 competitors.[10]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Henry Dagmil Long jump 7.58 34 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Marestella Torres Long jump 6.17 35 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Though boxing has been the Philippines' traditional source of medals at the Olympics, the country's only representative for boxing at the Beijing Olympics was Harry Tañamor, who earned his spot at the games through his second place finish at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in 2007. Tañamor was the only Filipino athlete predicted to win a medal in Sports Illustrated's Olympic Preview issue, which tipped him to capture the silver.[11] However, he was defeated by Manyo Plange of Ghana in the first matchup of the games.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Harry Tañamor Light flyweight  Plange (GHA)
L 3–6
Did not advance

Diving[edit]

The Philippines was represented in diving events by two athletes—Rexel Ryan Fabriga, who competed in the men's 10 m platform, and Sheila Mae Perez, who competed in the women's 3 m springboard. Neither diver advanced past the preliminary stage of the competition.

During practice in Xi'an weeks before the Olympic games, Fabriga suffered a waist injury that seriously hampered the pace of his training.[12] Both he and his coach admitted that his performance in the games would inevitably be affected by the injury, with the possibility that he would be unable to finish his dive.[12] In the preliminary stage of the competition, Fabriga's opening dive was the least impressive of the round, and he went on to finish the preliminaries in 28th place in a field of 30.[13]

Perez finished her preliminary round at 23rd place in a field of 30 divers.

Men
Athlete Events Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Rexel Ryan Fabriga 10 m platform 358.85 28 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Events Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Sheila Mae Perez 3 m springboard 251.15 23 Did not advance

Shooting[edit]

The Philippines was represented in trap shooting by 37 year-old Eric Ang, the team's oldest competing athlete.[14] Ang narrowly failed to make the Olympic qualifying standard, but was able to compete as a wild card contestant.[14]

Ang got off to a poor start in the qualifying round, shooting only 19 in the first string and ending the first day of qualifications ranked 30th of 35.[15] He did not improve on the second day, and finished the event in last place.[16]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Eric Ang Trap 106 33 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

The Philippine swimming team had the largest share of the country's athletes represented in Beijing, with five swimmers competing in seven events. Though no Philippine swimmer advanced past the preliminary round of their respective events, several national swimming records were broken at the games: Miguel Molina completed the men's 200 m individual medley in 2:01.61, Christel Simms completed the women's 100 m freestyle in 56.67, JB Walsh completed the men's 200 m butterfly in 1:59.39 and won his heat but didn't move on, and Daniel Coakley completed the men's 50 m freestyle in 22.69.[17] Walsh's and Coakley's achievements are also Southeast Asian records.[17]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Ryan Paolo Arabejo 1500 m freestyle 15:42.27 32 N/A Did not advance
Daniel Coakley 50 m freestyle 22.69 39 Did not advance
Miguel Molina 200 m breaststroke 2:16.94 47 Did not advance
200 m individual medley 2:01.61 27 Did not advance
James Walsh 200 m butterfly 1:59.39 NR 29 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Christel Simms 50 m freestyle 26.64 47 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 56.67 41 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

The Philippines was represented by two taekwondo practitioners, Tshomlee Go and Mary Antoinette Rivero, both of whom had previously competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Tshomlee Go's first matchup was against Ryan Carneli of Australia, who had narrowly defeated Go at the 2007 World Taekwondo Championships.[18] Go failed to register any points in the match, losing in a 1-0 shutout.

Mary Antoinette Rivero also lost in her first match, against Sandra Šarić of Croatia.

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Tshomlee Go Men's −58 kg  Carneli (AUS)
L 0–1
Did not advance
Mary Antoinette Rivero Women's −67 kg  Šarić (CRO)
L 1–4
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Hidilyn Diaz was selected as a wild card entry to the Summer Olympics by the Philippine Weightlifting Association in early 2008.[19] She is the first female weightlifter to compete for the Philippines in the Olympics, and the second weightlifter overall.[20] Competing in the women's 58 kg class, 17 year-old Diaz lifted 85 kg in the snatch and 107 kg in the clean and jerk for a 192 kg total, breaking the Philippine record that she herself set at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games.[21] Though she placed second to last in a field of 12 weightlifters, her performance was praised and considered promising for her age. Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez said "She's here to gain valuable experience", and predicted that she would be a strong contender at future games.[22] She is set to undergo an extensive training program to prepare her for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[23]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Hidilyn Diaz Women's −58 kg 85 11 107 11 192 11

Media coverage[edit]

Solar Entertainment Corporation was the exclusive rights holder to broadcast coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Philippines.[24] Solar sent a small crew to cover the games on-site.[25] It offered an estimated 800 hours of Olympic coverage across its network during the two weeks of the games, including 24-hour coverage—a first for the country—on its flagship sports channel, Solar Sports.[24]

Additionally, Solar Entertainment broadcast Olympic events over five of its other cable stations. All basketball events were shown on Basketball TV, and sports that attract the women audience like gymnastics and volleyball were shown on Solar's two female-oriented stations, ETC Entertainment Central and 2nd Avenue.[25] Events were also shown on C/S, Jack TV, and pay-per-view component Solar All-Access.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Swimmer Molina will be RP flag bearer at Beijing Olympics". GMA News and Public Affairs. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
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  14. ^ a b Joble, Rey (2008-08-04). "Shooter Eric Ang oozing with confidence". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
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  18. ^ Mallari, Riera (2008-08-21). "Go kicked out of Beijing". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
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  20. ^ Mallari, Riera (2008-08-11). "Love can wait for Hidilyn". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  21. ^ Mallari, Riera (2008-08-12). "Diaz falters; Walsh up next". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  22. ^ Mallari, Riera (2008-08-11). "Diaz, Walsh start bid today". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
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