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PH is top ASEAN country in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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With its historic gold medal (the first such in 97 years), two silvers and one bronze, the Philippines emerged as the top ASEAN country during the just-concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


A perennial doormat in the competitions, the Philippines finally left its neighbors eating its dust – thanks to the combined efforts of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, the local amateur boxing and weightlifting bodies, and the various benefactors from the private sector.


Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz took home gold; boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam bagged silvers; and boxer Eumir Marcial snatched bronze in the middleweight class.


The 2020 Games marked the very first time the Philippines’ medals ranking surpassed Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.


While Indonesia went away with 5 medals (one gold, one silver and three bronze), the Philippines was ranked higher by the International Olympic Committee due to its two silvers (by Petecio and Paalam).


Thailand was third among ASEAN nations with one gold medal and one bronze.


Malaysia was fourth with one silver and a bronze; while Singapore took home zero medals.


It was also the first time the Philippines broke into the Top 50 standings, by coming in at No. 49.


In recognition of their efforts in delivering glory to the Philippines, an elated President Duterte promised to give P200,000 to each of the Olympians who participated in the Tokyo games, apart from P2 million each to silver medalists Petecio and Paalam and P1 million to bronze medalist Marcial.


Of course, this is aside from the millions assured by law to all Olympic medalists.


Diaz, Petecio, Paalam and Marcial will also receive the Order of Lapu-Lapu which was created as a reward to individuals who helped carry out Duterte’s advocacies.


Mr. Duterte had earlier promised to gift Diaz with P3 million, a house and lot and a Presidential Order of Merit.

Photo: Olympics


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