ONE quick glance at how Philippine sports were played just over the weekend could compel one to surmise that Covid’s been beaten—if not, about to be beat.
TEAM Philippines returned home on Monday morning proud of the 52 gold medals won from the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games that ended on Monday night with a friendly and cozy closing ceremony at the My Dinh Stadium at the heart of Hanoi.
HANOI—The national women’s team absorbed a first loss to Malaysia, 96-93, on Friday but still retained the gold medal on the final day of the basketball competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium.
HANOI—Eumir Felix Marcial and two other boxers won their final bouts on Sunday but the biggest news—or more appropriately the saddest—came from the men’s basketball final where Indonesia scored a monumental upset and snatched what is considered as the most important gold medal for the Philippines.
HANOI—Vanessa Sarno put on a remarkable show of strength and grit that could very well earn her the title as the princess of Philippine weightlifting.
HANOI—The guaranteed victories in billiards and tennis were officially etched on Saturday but the Philippines anxiously stared at breaking the 50-gold medal barrier and a potential fourth-place finish in the 31st Southeast Asian Games that winds down to its last day of active competitions.
HANOI—The Philippines is now one win away from sweeping and claiming the 31st Southeast Asian Games gold medals following convincing victories on Saturday at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium.
HANOI—Even the kings need a rest but for the Philippine men and women basketball squad, they handled Friday’s off to focus on keeping their records unblemished on their way to the gold medal matches of 31st Southeast Asian Games basketball action.
HANOI—Hidilyn Diaz accomplished her mission at the 31st Southeast Asian Games—retain the women’s 55 kgs gold medal of weightlifting.
HANOI—World champion gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo may have won five gold medals but it’s the hometown’s choice who’s perched atop the race for the Most Favorite Athlete in the 31st Southeast Asian Games that end on Monday.
HANOI—It’s mission accomplished for Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz at the 31st Southeast Asian Games as she retained her title in women’s 55 kg of weightlifting.
HANOI—The gold medals came in trickles anew on Thursday and with victories notched in only two fronts—bowling and judo—in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Thursday, the Philippines dropped to a tight race for fourth place in the overall medals race that host Vietnam solidly gripped with four days of action remaining.
HANOI—Merwin Tan captured a second gold medal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games after he anchored the country’s entry to bowling’s team of four event at the Royal City Hanoi Bowling Lanes on Thursday.
HANOI—Christine Hallasgo clinched silver in women’s marathon to cap the country’s campaign in athletics at the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Thursday.
HANOI—Filipino-American Kayla Richardson emerged as the fastest woman of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday when only three gold medals were added to the Filipino athletes’ coffers that imperiled the country’s grip of third place in the overall medals race.
HANOI—Johann Chua won an all-Filipino final with Carlos Biado in men’s 9-ball of billiards as eagle-eyed sisters Abby and Pia Bidaure and Phoebe Amistoso gave the country its first archery gold medal on Wednesday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—Rianne Malixi beat Singapore’s Suanne Loh in a fourth playoff hole to give the country a bronze medal in women’s golf team match play event in the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the Heron Lake Golf course in Vinh Phuc Province on Wednesday.
HANOI—The Philippines shut out host Vietnam, 2-0, to stay in gold medal contention in the 31st Southeast Asian Games women’s beach volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Tuan Chau Beach in Quang Ninh.
HOA BINH—It will be the road riders turn to shoot for the elusive cycling gold medal as Jermyn Prado leads the women’s team and Jan Paul Morales heads the men’s squad in the criterium event of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Thursday morning here.
HANOI—Rubilen Amit, Eric Cray and Kurt Bryan Barbosa snatched gold medals on Tuesday and although the mints came in trickles, the Philippines remained in the thick of the fight for the second and third places in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—The Philippine women’s basketball team faces a big test in the 31st Southeast Asian Games when it battles a revenge-seeking Thailand side on Wednesday Tat the Hanh Tri Gymnasium.
HANOI—Thailand’s Natthakritta Vongtaveelap edged Lois Kaye Go in a playoff to douse dashing the Philippines’s gold medal hopes in women’s golf team match play on Tuesday at the Heron Lake Golf Course in Vinh Phuc.
HANOI—Rubilen Amit topped the women’s 9-ball on Tuesday for the country’s first gold medal in billiards at the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the Hadong District Sporting Hall.
HANOI—Carlos Edriel Yulo was a world-class act at the 31st Southeast Asian Games as he won two more gold medals to emerge with a total of five titles in men’s gymnastics competitions.
HANOI—Merwin Tan struck gold in men’s singles to end an 11-year winless spell in Southeast Asian Games bowling on Monday.
HANOI—Quick, agile and obviously superior in skill set, the Philippine women’s team foiled Indonesia, 93-77, to kick off its gold medal-retention bid in Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball action on Monday at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium.
HOA BINH City—Jericho Rivera clinched a bronze medal in mountain bike’s crosscountry for men on Monday for the Philippines’ third cycling medal in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo bagged two gold medals and double-event athlete Kim Mangrobang snatched her second mint this time in duathlon as the Philippines went on a seven-gold harvest on Sunday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—Kim Mangrobang rules women’s duathlon on Sunday to follow up on her success in triathlon only the day before at the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—The downhill gold medals in cycling escaped the Philippines’ grip but John Derick Farr and Naomi Gardoce still salvaged bronze medals in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Sunday.
HANOI—Ernest John “EJ” Obiena could have blindfolded himself and still come out winner in men’s pole vault he easily dominated to highlight a productive Saturday for Team Philippines in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—John Derick Farr and Lea Denise Belgira aim to retain their gold medals in the downhill events of mountain bike as cycling in the 31st Southeast Asian Games get under way on Sunday in Hoa Binh City.
HANOI—Carlos Edriel Yulo emphasized the meaning of world champion that’s been twice attached to his name by ruling the men’s all-around of gymnastics for the Philippines’ second gold medal after Kurash on Friday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—Filipino rowers just couldn’t find their rhythm at the Hai Phong on Friday and settled for bronze medals in men’s lightweight coxless and men’s and women’s lightweight quadruple sculls in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
HANOI—There was no gold medal thrown into the Philippine coffers on Thursday when the 31st Southeast Asian Games opened with an elaborate ceremony in rainy conditions at the 40,000-seat My Dinh Stadium.
HANOI—The campaign to post another sweep of the basketball gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games begin on Friday as 3×3 action kicks off at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium.
HANOI—Mary Francine Padios delivered the Philippines’ first gold medal in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday following her victory in pencak silat’s women’s seni (artistic or form) tunggal single event at the Bac Tu Lien Gymnasium.
HANOI—Vietnam vowed to showcase a unique mix of state-of-the-art technology and traditional arts during the opening ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the My Dinh Stadium on Thursday evening.
SENATOR Pia Cayetano on Wednesday led the filing of a motion to cite in contempt the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) board for disobeying the Senate Committee on Sports’ order for PATAFA’s to amicably settle its differences with world-ranked pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena through mediation procedures facilitated by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
THE mediation process to resolve the burning issue between world-class pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena and his federation rolled out after lunch time on Monday and grounded to a halt an hour past sunset.
TOKYO—And because the Tokyo Olympics that ended on Sunday became the best ever for the Philippines in its 97 years of participation, the silver and bronze medalists deserve additional bonuses.
TOKYO—One gold, two silver and one bronze medals. The best performer among Southeast Asian Games countries.
TOKYO—A much-anticipated second gold medal came in the form of a silver as Carlo Paalam yielded to Great Britain’s Galal Yafai in the men’s flyweight final of boxing at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
TOKYO—Yuka Saso put on a mighty show of what she’s made of and carded an eagle-spiked 6-under 65 to gain a modest finish in the women’s golf competition of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
TOKYO—What Hidilyn Diaz accomplished in weightlifting at the start of the Tokyo Olympics, Carlo Paalam aims to match with similar emphatic flourish in boxing on the penultimate day Saturday of the Games that looked headed to surviving the Covid-19 pandemic with aplomb.
TOKYO—Carlo Paalam fights an opponent from Great Britain in the men’s flyweight final of boxing on Saturday afternoon hoping to nail a gold medal that would more than a thousand times underscore that the Philippines has overachieved in these Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Yuka Saso found her rhythm in the third round on Friday, submitting a four-under 67 to move up the leaderboard in the women’s golf competition of the Tokyo Olympics at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
TOKYO—Carlo Paalam unleashed a dominant form to outclass Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka on Thursday and send the entire nation glued toward a possible second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
TOKYO—Carlo Paalam put on a dominant performance in a men’s featherweight semifinal clash against Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka on Thursday to prime himself up for the country’s second gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics that looks bound to survive the Covid-19 pandemic in three days.
TOKYO—Bianca Pagdanganan carded an even-par 71 on another scorching summer day that saw American Nelly Korda taking over the reins after the second round of the women’s golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
TOKYO—Eumir Felix Marcial’s golden dream at the Tokyo Olympics ended with a bronze medal following his loss to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak—an opponent he admitted to be more superior.
TOKYO—Irish Magno isn’t coming home yet.
TOKYO—Former Pampanga congressman Joseller “Yeng” Guiao called on government to restore the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) full share from the earnings of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) “to sustain the gains made by national athletes in the country’s best Olympic finish in history.”
TOKYO—Bianca Pagdanganan stayed within striking distance while Yuka Saso refused to melt under the sweltering Japanese summer heat as golf resumed with the women’s event where the country is pinning its chances to add to the gold medal Hidilyn Diaz already won in weightlifting.
TOKYO—Bianca Pagdanganan carded a two-under 69 and Yuka Saso went three over with a 74 and the two Filipinas stayed within striking distance of the pace at the start of the women’s competition of golf at the Kasumigaseki Golf Club course in Kawagoe on Wednesday.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio was beaming like she just won a gold medal the morning after losing to a Japanese opponent in the women’s featherweight final of boxing at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Eumir Felix Marcial and Carlo Paalam resume the country’s gold medal quest in the Tokyo Olympics when they seek final round berths in boxing at the Kokugikan Arena on Thursday.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio’s silver medal in boxing glittered as the best performance on Tuesday for Team Philippines, whose quest for more gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics now rests on two boxers and two golfers.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio lost in the gold medal bout of boxing’s women’s featherweight class on Tuesday, putting up a gallant stand against Japan’s Sena Irie but falling short of giving the Philippines its second gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Carlo Paalam slayed a giant of the boxing world’s flyweight division, winning on points by split decision over Olympic and world Shakhobidin Zoirov for a guaranteed bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—The country’s gold medal campaign shifts back to the Kasumigaseki Golf Club with Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan battling not only a star-studded field but also the scorching Japanese summer heat.
TOKYO—Will the sporting world see less of Carlos Yulo for the next three years?
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio lost in the gold medal bout in women’s featherweight of boxing on Tuesday, putting up a gallant stand against Japan’s Sena Irie but falling short of giving the Philippines its second gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Carlos Yulo came so close to clinching a medal in his Olympic debut, finishing fourth in the men’s pole vault final of gymnastics at an almost empty Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
TOKYO—For Nesthy Petecio, all roads lead to the fabled Kokugikan Arena as she steps atop the ring for the biggest fight of her life on Tuesday.
TOKYO—Ernest John “EJ” Obiena was “chillin out” on the eve of the men’s pole vault final of athletics when chanced upon by Filipino sportswriters at the Conrad Tokyo.
TOKYO—Kristina Marie Knott missed her modest target and crashed out of the women’s 200 meters of athletics on Monday—no thanks to the Japanese summer heat—at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
TOKYO—Eumir Felix Marcial is living up to his lofty billing at the Tokyo Olympics. And he did so emphatically on Sunday.
TOKYO—Eumir Felix Marcial sent fellow pro Arman Darchinyan of Armenia crashing down to a painful knockout defeat on Sunday, thus advancing to the semifinal round and assuring the country of a third medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Carlos Yulo returns to the Ariake Gymnastics Center on Monday night for the finals of the men’s vault in artistic gymnastics.
TOKYO—Juvic Pagunsan closed out with a one-under par 70 on Sunday to wind up in 55th place in a field of 60 in the men’s competition golf at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Kristina Knott gets the chance to “show off and show out” in her Olympic debut when she competes in the women’s 200 meters heats of athletics on Monday morning at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio eliminated on Saturday a taller opponent from Italy to shove the country closer to another potential gold medal after Hidilyn Diaz’s historic feat in women’s weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Carlo Paalam advanced to the men’s flyweight quarterfinals of boxing almost effortless, booking a lopsided 5-0 unanimous decision victory over Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi on Saturday at the Kokugikan Arena.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio squares off with a taller opponent anew on Saturday, hoping to nail a victory against Italy’s Irma Testa to get into the gold medal play in women’s featherweight class of boxing at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Already assured of giving the Philippines its first women’s Olympic boxing medal, Nesthy Petecio is aiming for a metal that shines brighter when she steps atop the ring against an Italian rival who moved one division lighter to get into her comfort zone.
TOKYO—Ernest John “EJ” Obiena is finally bringing his act on the Olympic stage on Saturday when he takes on the challenge from a world-class field in men’s pole vault on Saturday morning at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
TOKYO—Juvic Pagunsan faltered with a two-over 73 to drop into a tie for 25th place after two rounds of men’s individual play in golf at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
TOKYO— Chinese coach Gao Kaiwen could be headed elsewhere—to a wealthy nation perhaps—now that he has two Olympic gold medal-winning wards in his portfolio.
TOKYO—Never mind if Cris Nievarez finished second to last in men’s single sculls of rowing at the Tokyo Olympics in the event’s final day on Friday at the Sea Forest Waterway.
TOKYO—Eumir Felix Marcial sent a strong message—but not Irish Magno—on the boxing ring; Juvic Pagunsan squeezed into contention in men’s golf; and EJ Obiena and Kristina Knott were put on heightened alert halfway through the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
TOKYO—Eumir Felix Marcial hardly sweat in his Olympic debut on Thursday to move a victory shy of a guaranteed podium finish.
TOKYO—The rewards continue to flow Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz’s way.
TOKYO—Juvic Pagunsan carded a five-under 66 in a rain-interrupted first round of the men’s golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday to find himself three shots off leader Sepp Strata of Austria.
TOKYO—Irish Magno fell to a superior opponent from Thailand to be the first Filipino boxer to be eliminated in the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
TOKYO—World No. 2 Sam Kendricks of the US is out of the men’s pole vault competition of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday along with German Chiaraviglio of Argentina.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio took care of unfinished business in the boxing competitions at the Kokugikan Arena at about the same time Hidilyn Diaz was boarding a plane for home bringing with her the Philippines’s first Olympic gold medal.
TOKYO—Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez emphasized on Wednesday that the Team Diaz (TD) model is testament to a comprehensive and effective template that guarantees success on the Olympic stage.
TOKYO—Juvic Pagunsan sets off as another gold medal potential when the men’s golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics gets going on Thursday at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama.
TOKYO—Thanks to Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal in weightlifting, the Philippines stood head-and-shoulder with Thailand on the medal tally board five days into the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Watch out for Elreen Ann Ando come the Paris 2024 Olympics.
TOKYO—A heroine’s welcome sans the fanfare and festivities awaits Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz when she sets foot in Manila on Wednesday afternoon.
TOKYO—There won’t be a ticker tape parade to welcome Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz when she returns home on Wednesday, not even a red carpet.
TOKYO—Hidilyn Diaz’s biggest scare didn’t come on the competition stage of the massive Tokyo International Forum on Monday night.
TOKYO—“Good morning, thank you God.”
TOKYO—A diminutive but muscular figure sits alone for breakfast at the Cerise casual dining restaurant of Conrad’s Tokyo the morning after the entire Philippine nation celebrated Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal in women’s weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO—Hidilyn Diaz will be flying home on Wednesday with that precious gold medal hanging from her neck.
TOKYO—Nesthy Petecio returns to the boxing ring on Wednesday against Colombia’s Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda in a women’s featherweight bout hoping to advance to the medal round at the Tokyo Olympics.