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Philippine Olympic Swimmer JB Walsh Brings Some Good News and Some Bad News From Beijing

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by South Arts Festival

First, the good news:

Filipino-American JB Walsh emerged as the winner in Heat 2 of the Men’s 200-m butterfly swimming event. Not bad! Walsh finished 1:59.39, and while that time is still a far cry from the Olympic record of 1:54.04 set by USA’s Michael Phelps in the 2004 Athens Olympics, JB Walsh still earns a record as the first Filipino to swim through 200m under two minutes. I guess his training under 1988 Seoul Olympics gold medalist Anthony Nestey is paying off well.

Now, the bad news:

JB Walsh did not make it into the 16-man semis as his time ranked at 29th among the 44 swimmers of the event. He is ranked among the top 30 in the world in this event. At age 22, JB Walsh can still add some more training in order for him to improve in the 2012 London Olympics and possibly bring home an Olympic Gold Medal for the Philippines.

Even if he didn’t qualify for the semifinals, it was amazing enough to see a Filipino come out first in a heat, and besting a whole bunch of others from around the world. That alone is amazing, and was sure a moment of excitement for the Filipinos who got to watch. Olympics iyan, pare! For a brief shining moment, the Philippines stood proud!

Have some Philippine pride. Watch the video!


Philippine Olympic Team Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz Bows Out Of Medal Contention in 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Philippine Olympic Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz

Philippine Olympic Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz

17 year-old Hidilyn Diaz started her weightlifting career by sheer necessity. Growing up at Zamboanga at a young age, Hidilyn Diaz used to fetch water for her family’s use since they had no direct access to their community’s water supply. Yup, Taga-igib ng tubig!

At around age 11, she started her weightlifting training and was introduced by some of her relatives who used to compete at the national level. Once upon a time in the gym, Hidilyn Diaz bested some of the guys lifting weights, and she became an instant phenom. Standing only 4’11”, Hidilyn Diaz is the first Filipino weightlifter to be baned to the Philippine Olympic Team since 1988.

At the age of 13, Hidilyn Diaz was admitted into the national pool and given formal training to be among the best powerlifters of the Philippines. She placed 10th in the 53-kilogram class of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, and won the team gold medal in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand in the 58-kilogram class. She was given a wildcard berth to the Olympics by the International Weightlifting Federation because of her 2007 SEA Games performance.

Well, she didn’t get much time to prepare for the 2008 Olympics, but she was very excited to represent the Philippines and be a part of the Philippine Olympic Team. Indeed, Hidilyn Diaz went all-out to do her best.

“I can’t wear sexy gowns or high heels. I can’t have a boyfriend and I walk like a boy. Sometimes I get jealous as my female friends go to school while I have to lift weights,” explained HIdilyn Diaz.

Such is the life of this Olympian, and it would’ve been a great Cinderella story if she could’ve pulled off winning a medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, as it stands, Hidilyn Diaz crashed out of the weightlifting event in the 58-kilogram category, ending up at 11th place out of the 12 contenders for the Olympic Gold Medal.

I’m still optimistic for Hidilyn Diaz, whom I expect to be back again for another shot at an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2012 London Olympics. After all, she is still young, and perhaps a few more years of proper training could definitely improve her. If ever, she will only be around 21 years old for the 2012 London Olympics. Unlike, say, Philippine Olympic trap shooter Eric Ang who is already 37 years-old, and might have a failing eyesight when he shoots in 2012.

Hidilyn, forget about the high heels and sexy gowns, and the boyfriend! Just lift those weights and get an Olympic Gold Medal. No Filipino has ever had that! And once you got it, I’m sure someone there won’t mind sponsoring some cosmetic surgery ala Vicky Belo for you to have your time in the spotlight with the sexy gown and the high heels. Get those 4″ stilettos so you can stand out at 5’3″. The boyfriend? You can always have more than one!

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!