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Philippine Olympic Team’s Gold Medal Pursuit Rests With Taekwondo Jins

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Taekwondo Events Last Hope For Philippines To Win Olympic Medal

Taekwondo Events Last Hope For Philippines To Win Olympic Medal

Well, it’s almost all but done for the Philippine Olympic Team, who failed to grab a medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Of course, it isn’t over yet. Of the 15 athletes that represented the Philippines in Beijing, there are 13 of them who have dropped out any kind of medal contention. Those who gave their best efforts for the first Olympic Gold medal of the Philippines, but lacked out were – trapshooter Eric Ang, athletics representatives Marestella Torres and Henry Dagmil, divers Sheila Mae Perez and Rexel Ryan Fabriga, swimmers Daniel Coakley, Ryan Paolo Arabejo, Miguel Molina, James Walsh and Joan Christel Simms, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and archer Mark Javier.

The only hope now for the Philippine Olympic Team to grab a gold medal – or any medal for that matter – at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will rest on the shoulders of Taekwondo jinsToni Rivero and Tshomlee Go.

Whatever happens in the pursuit of the Olympic Gold in Beijing this 2008, I am still proud of the Filipinos who competed. Even without an Olympic medal. Of course, now it’s back to the drawing board before 2012 in London.

Philippine Olympic Shooter Dead Last in 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by South Arts Festival
More Practice, Eric Ang!

More Practice, Eric Ang!

Philippine Olympic Trap Shooter Eric Ang had a dismal final round in the trap shooting event, which landed him at dead last in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and will be taking home the Plastic Medal, or is it the Paper Medal, or is it Rust Medal? There has to be some consolation for someone who comes in dead last.

Anyway, the 37-year old businessman from Laoag, Eric Ang, faired much better in the Men’s Trap event at the ISSF World Cup held in Germany, and was expected to be among the top in the sport in the upcoming Olympics. However, it seems like Eric Ang shot himself in the foot (pun intended).

“Hilong-hilo pa rin ako after the event (I was still too dizzy after the event)… Pressure in the Olympics is different, you have to prepare long enough,” said Eric Ang, “Actually, this is the fourth or fifth Olympics for at least 75% of the competitors… The others are used to the pressure,” he added.

Well, that’s your reason and we can’t really do much about that, but really now Mr. Ang, what else did you expect in the Olympics? Thanks for the honesty.

Apparently, Eric Ang practices in his own shooting range in Laoag, and maybe that isn’t the real practice required to compete in the level of the Olympics.

Shooting president Art Macapagal said, “Shooting is a mental, psychological game” and apparently Eric Ang just broke down in the mental, psychological game when he couldn’t find his groove.

“I would like to qualify again. Next time I’ll be ready,” Eric Ang said.

Well, next time, I hope we have better representation in that sport. How hard can trap shooting be? You shoot clay birds with a shotgun. Eric Ang’s shotgun was a 3 year-old Beretta DT 10. Not that the shotgun was faulty, but then it’s a bit sad that he couldn’t hit a clay bird with a shotgun. A shotgun!!! Maybe we should give an opportunity for other gun-toting countrymen, like the ones based in the Coridllera Mountains, or maybe in Mindanao. Whether it be from the Philippine Army or from the MILF rebel faction, at least, maybe they might do better than DEAD LAST!

Besides, certainly these shooters are much more prepared and could probably deal with the pressure. I mean – they shoot more than just birds, and they shoot even when being fired at. And surely they have several years of experience firing a gun against all sorts of moving targets. Clay birds with a shotgun should be a breeze!

Send Eric Ang to Mindanao to train for the 2012 London Olympics!