Romeo Brin

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Romeo Brin
Personal information
Full name Romeo Brin
Nationality  Philippines
Born (1973-03-10) 10 March 1973 (age 41)
Puerto Princesa, Palawan,
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Boxing
Rated at Light welterweight
Club Team Caltex

Romeo Brin (born March 10, 1973 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan) is a retired amateur Filipino boxer.[1] He represented the Philippines in three editions of the Olympic Games (1996, 2000, and 2004), and has captured numerous medals in both lightweight and light-welterweight divisions at the Southeast Asian Games and at the Asian Championships.[2] Throughout his sporting career, Brin has been training for Team Caltex Boxing Club under his head coach and mentor Nolito Velasco.[3][4]

Brin made his official debut at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he ousted his opening match to Cuba's Julio González Valladares in men's lightweight division (60 kg), receiving a default score of 13–24.[5][6]

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Brin was upgraded to light welterweight division (63.5 kg), but lost the same round again to Belarus' Siarhei Bykovski in a close decision of 5–8.[7][8]

Eight years after competing in his Olympic debut, Brin qualified for his third Filipino squad, as a 31-year-old, in the men's light welterweight division (63.5 kg) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by receiving a berth and capturing the title over Uzbekistan's Dilshod Mahmudov from the Asian Championships in his hometown Puerto Princesa. Brin was also appointed by the Philippine Olympic Committee to carry the Philippine flag in the opening ceremony, as his teammate Christopher Camat (originally selected to take the privilege) decided to witness his action for the next day's bout.[9] Unlike his two previous Games, Brin outclassed Sweden's Patrick Bogere in the opening round with a satisfactory 43–35 triumph, before losing out his next match to Thailand's Manus Boonjumnong in a decisive score of 15–29.[10][11]

Following an official retirement from his third Olympics, Brin is currently working as a national youth coach for the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.[2]


  1. ^ "Romeo Brin". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Henson, Joaquin (25 March 2013). "Marcial likely bet for Olympic gold". Philippine Star. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Carpio, Gerry (8 September 2001). "Caltex fuels boxers' quest for gold". Philippine Star. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "South Korea: Caltex boxers gun for Olympic berths". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 12 January 2000. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Boxing – Lightweight (60kg/132lbs) Preliminary Round of 32" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 171. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Wise, Mike (22 July 1996). "Atlanta: Day 3 – Boxing; Big Man From Cuba Comes Out Sluggish". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sydney-bound Brin eyes gold". Philippine Star. 27 January 2000. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sydney 2000: Boxing – Light Welterweight (63.5kg/139lbs) Preliminary Round of 32" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 92. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "2004 Athens: Flag Bearers for the Opening Ceremony". Olympics. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boxing: Men's Light Welterweight (63.5kg/139lbs) Round of 16". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Tacujan, Lito (21 August 2004). "Young Thai too strong for aging Brin". Philippine Star. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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